UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools and nurseries in England on 1st June. We believe that it increases the risks to pupils, staff, parents and the wider community, especially in coronavirus hotspots such as Blackpool. Many councils and schools have agreed with UNISON and are delaying the expanded return to work. Unfortunately, the government is pressing ahead with its plans and some schools are set to open more widely from Monday 1st June, including here in Blackpool.
UNISON has issued advice for our members working in schools that are planning to reopen in June. This can be found here. Please read this advice very carefully. It outlines a series of steps you must take if you have serious specific concerns that returning to work will endanger your health or if your school’s plans are not adequate.
We understand this is an extremely stressful time and we are committed to doing all we can to support you. UNISON will support you if you believe your health and safety is at serious risk if you go into school on 1st June.