The EIS has launched a consultation on the response to COVID in Scotland’s schools.

The EIS has today (Tuesday) issued a survey to its teacher members across Scotland, seeking their views on the effectiveness of COVID safety measures in schools. The survey will close next week and will inform the next steps to be taken by the EIS to protect teachers and pupils from the potential risk of COVID-19 infection.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Teachers across Scotland have continued to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver a sound educational experience for young people across the country. This has brought significant challenges in terms of seeking to meet the educational needs of all young people while also ensuring that any risk of potential COVID-19 infection is reduced. With COVID infections on the rise across the country, we are again consulting with our members to seek their views on the effectiveness of COVID safety measures and on their willingness or otherwise to support ‘safety strikes’ should they be necessary.”

Mr Flanagan added, “The EIS Executive believes that Level 4 of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework should trigger blended or remote learning contingencies. These contingencies need to be considered even on a local basis and we are calling for discussion on how this should be done. We also believe that there must be full transparency around the enhanced school surveillance data and further consideration of regular proactive testing of staff and pupils, where schools remain open.”

They EIS survey will seek members’ views on issues such as: perceptions of current COVID mitigations in their workplaces; attitudes to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework and its default position on schools remaining open at all levels; and member willingness or otherwise to support industrial action in response to a refusal to implement a move to blended or remote learning at Level 4, where staff support either contingency. The survey will also include sections to gauge to the specific COVID-related concerns of teachers in vulnerable groups and teachers without permanent contracts.