Regular testing required for schools return

Following the Education Secretary’s confirmation this afternoon that he is supportive of Green proposals to regularly test school staff for Covid-19, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“A great number of people will be breathing a sigh of relief at the announcement that pupils will return to school full-time in August, but for teachers, school support staff and their families, the anxiety will now have dramatically increased. 

“The Greens have proposed regular testing of all school staff. So has Scottish Government adviser Professor Devi Sridhar. I’m glad that Mr Swinney is now supportive of this proposal but he needs to confirm immediately that it will be a reality when schools return in August. Children aren’t immune to this virus and adult members of staff certainly are not. They deserve this reassurance before they go back to the classroom.”