EIS, one of Scotland’s education trade unions, have responded to the First Minister’s announcement yesterday on the initial stage of relaxation of lockdown measures, which included details relating to preparation for the return of schools in August.

The First Minister stated that some teachers may be able to access school buildings to prepare for the next teaching year. However, the EIS is clear that a full risk assessment should be carried out, with the cooperation of health and safety reps, and buildings subject to a deep clean beforehand.

Labour MSP, Neil Findlay MSP said:

“The health and safety of our teachers is of paramount importance. If teachers are to enter school buildings to prepare for the next teaching year, then it must be safe for them to do so.

“It is critical for the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to work with unions, like the EIS, to ensure that teachers are protected.

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