Created on: 10 Jun 2020 | Last modified: 25 Feb 2021
Please find below collated links to key documents and relevant resources, for ease of reference.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis
Excellent and Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Strategic Framework for Reopening Schools, Early Learning and Childcare Provision in Scotland
Non-statutory Scottish Government guidance to support implementation of a phased return to schools under Scotland’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): strategic framework for reopening schools and early learning and childcare provision
These documents provide a hugely useful resource in understanding the principles and associated issues regarding a re-opening of schools.
The following is included in the 28 May Scottish Government Guidance:
“…local trade unions should be consulted on and involved in the development of risk assessments”
“When developing local authority and school plans and risk assessments, there should be close partnership working with, and involvement of, local trade unions.”
“In developing these local authority and school-level plans, there should be close engagement and partnership working wherever appropriate between school management teams, teaching and non-teaching staff, and trade unions (including through LNCTs).”
The position on the importance of risk assessment was reinforced through the distribution of EIS Member’s Guide to Risk Assessments and Safe Working Environments, including a Safe Working Checklist. https://www.eis.org.uk/Coronavirus/RiskAssessGuide
The 28 May Scottish Government Guidance on ‘Special considerations for people who are clinically vulnerable or shielding’ directs teachers to the Scottish Government’s advice and guidance on ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): physical distancing in education and childcare settings’.
COVID-19 – guidance for nonhealthcare settings on cleaning
It is important to remember that the overall objectives are to stop the transmission of COVID 19, ensure the health and welfare of staff and students, and provide ongoing educational provision.
If members are being asked to do something which does not meet these requirements, then don’t agree to it without seeking advice.