An online Health & Safety training session, organised by the EIS, has attracted more than 13,000 viewers, highlighting the significant concerns that teachers have over the re-opening of schools.

The online session, run on Tuesday evening via Cisco Webex and streamed live via the EIS Facebook page, offered guidance on issues such as Risk Assessments, Deep Cleaning, and necessary changes to allow teachers and pupils to return safely.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This training session was aimed at EIS Representatives and members in schools across Scotland. Such was the level of interest that we chose to live-stream the session to allow as many members as possible to access the training."

"The fact that more than 13,000 people have already viewed this session confirms the high degree of concern that remains over the potential risks of the re-opening of school buildings."

Mr Flanagan added, "Local authorities, as the employers of teachers and the operators of schools, have a legal responsibility to risk-assess all schools and to implement any changes that are required prior to teachers or pupils accessing school buildings."

"A full deep-clean will be required prior to schools re-opening, and enhanced cleaning procedures will also require to be established on an ongoing basis."

"We all want to see schools re-opening, so that young people can benefit from the rich educational and social experience that our schools provide. But this must be done in a way that is safe, and which minimises the potential risk of the spread of COVID-19 within the community."

You can view an archived copy of the online training session via the EIS Facebook page. The EIS will be running further online sessions, on a variety of topics, in the weeks ahead. The next session, on Thursday, will involve a presentation and Q&A with General Secretary Larry Flanagan on a range of COVID-19 related issues.