Stevenage Labour Party Executive stands in full support of National Education Union (NEU) members and all local teachers and school support staff who on health and safety grounds no longer feel safe with the full re-opening of primary schools on Monday, given soaring Covid-19 infection rates.
Due to the government’s mishandling of infection control measures, significant measures such as closing schools has become necessary.
Hertfordshire public health data demonstrates that locally we are currently witnessing the highest rate of infection since the pandemic began, with rising rates among young people.
We join the NEU, Unison, GMB, ASCL, NAHT and other teaching unions in highlighting major concern at widespread school reopening, and additionally demand the government immediately locks-down primary education, except for vulnerable children and those of key workers, and supports the roll-out of decent, online educational provision, as an emergency measure.
The absolute priority right now must be reducing case numbers, to ease the burden on hospitals and their workforce which are now feeling a monumental strain from this pandemic.
The NEU have launched a petition which we recommend people sign at https://actionnetwork.org/forms/make-schools-safe-and-protect-communities/, as well as sending messages of support to NEU Herts district secretaries email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and regional secretary Paul.McLaughlin@neu.org.uk.
Is a statement of further support, Jade Wood, Stevenage Labour Party’s Disabilities Officer said,
“I am giving my support as Stevenage Labour’s disability officer to local school staff. I feel that the move to force potentially vulnerable school staff and children (especially those in supported study/special provision who may have additional underlying health conditions) will put increased pressure on our fantastic NHS and care staff who are already at breaking point. Jade Wood, email@example.com”