UNION CALLS FOR TEACHERS TO BE TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS

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The National Education Union (NEU) has called for education staff to be tested for coronavirus as they head into schools to teach ‘vulnerable’ and key worker’s children across the Island and country.

Schools shut from Friday in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus with only vulnerable children and those of key workers going to school.

The Isle of Wight Council says ‘practically all’ schools will be open.

Now, as the number of people tested in the country for the virus nears 80,000, the NEU has said it should be made an urgent priority for education staff to be tested.

Peter Shreeve, assistant district secretary of the NEU, said:

“It is absolutely crucial for the efficient and safe functioning of the education service that Covid-19 testing is introduced for those working in schools.

“If all education staff with symptoms are forced to self-isolate, together with those staff who are ‘vulnerable’ to the disease such as those with diabetes and other conditions, there simply won’t be enough education staff available for work on school sites.

“The threat of diminishing staffing levels will occur in education. Staff need to know whether or not they have the virus so they know whether they can safely come into work and offer crucial support to families of key workers.”

The government recently announced it was increasing testing from around 10,000 tests carried out in a day to 25,000 within 4 weeks, with NHS hospitals receiving more testing equipments.

However, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) was has said people will only be tested if they are showing symptoms.

A spokesperson for the DHSC said:

“With a focus on ensuring the highest priority cases are tested first, officials are working to rapidly increase the number of tests that can be conducted by Public Health England and the NHS in laboratories, with the expected surge in capacity ready within just four weeks.”

Public Health England has said those with symptoms would be following existing guidance.

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Suzie
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Emergency services should be too.

Pcw
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Some schools on the island don’t have any teachers attending, only administration staff caring for the kids,
So don’t forget them.

Ian
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What about supermarket workers who are working hard to keep shelves stocked they see more people than teachers do

Beverly
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Teaching assistant too that are still working

Working Person
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Everyone who is working still should be tested, starting with the NHS, Police because lets face it the waste of spaces that take up their time are still out in force. Carers of all kinds and not to mention the Bus Drivers, they should now have screens up to protect them. As said before most not all teachers are home, spare a thought the people who still are

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