It’s not an understatement to say that people are extremely angry at Johnson’s broadcast last night.
Do you know what would be really great? If people could record short video messages as parents, grandparents and members of the local community about how you are worried about plans to open schools too soon and saying you will not send your children in and/or you support teachers and support staff in saying no.
If you could mention the NEU Five Tests, that would be great. Keep them to a maximum of 1 minute and we will do a local ‘East Anglia says no’ type video to share.
Test 1 : Much lower numbers of Covid-19 cases
The new case count must be much lower than it is now, with a sustained downward trend and confidence that new cases are known and counted promptly. And the Government must have extensive arrangements for testing and contact tracing to keep it that way.
Test 2 : A national plan for social distancing
The Government must have a national plan including parameters for both appropriate physical distancing and levels of social mixing in schools, as well as for appropriate PPE, which will be locally negotiated at school-by-school and local authority level.
Test 3 : Testing, testing, testing!
Comprehensive access to regular testing for children and staff to ensure our schools and colleges don’t become hot spots for Covid-19.
Test 4 : Whole school strategy
Protocols to be put in place to test a whole school or college when a case occurs and for isolation to be strictly followed.
Test 5 : Protection for the vulnerable
Vulnerable staff, and staff who live with vulnerable people, must work from home, fulfilling their professional duties to the extent that is possible. Plans must be specifically address the protection of vulnerable parents, grandparents and carers.
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