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Union calls for schools to close early to allow Christmas for pupils and teachers

27th Nov 20 9:57 am

A teaching union is calling for schools to be closed early this year for Christmas which will prevent pupils and teacher having to self-isolate on Christmas Day.

If there is a positive case within a bubble teachers and students will be forced to quarantine for two-weeks as typically most school break up on 14 December.

The Welsh UCAC teaching union said that there are serious concerns amongst their members “that pupils and students will continue to attend an educational setting a week before Christmas Day.”

UCAC have said in a letter to the Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams, that schools should close on 11 December and move lessons online for the last few weeks of term.

General Secretary Dilwyn Roberts-Young said, “If a pupil or student tested positive with Covid-19 during the last week of term, it would mean that the whole bubble would have to self-isolate, preventing them from joining their extended family for Christmas.

“The same could be true for the education workforce.

“In addition, Test, Trace and Protect could continue to contact school and colleges leaders on Christmas Day, which is totally unacceptable.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said, “Our priority remains ensuring that all children and young people’s education continues with as little disruption as possible.

“We would expect face-to-face learning to continue as planned until the end of term unless there was a clear public health reason for not doing so.”

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