Tue 23 Jun, 2020

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.”

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Ross Greer MSP Mon 29 Jun, 2020

To: John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education

29 June 2020

Dear John,

Measures to protect pupils and staff in schools

I am writing following your statement to Parliament on Tuesday 23rd, announcing the Government’s intention that schools return full time and without social distancing on 11th August. As I am sure you appreciate, it is vital that the appropriate measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff and the wider community.