Laura Doel, director of NAHT Cymru, said: “There are currently discrepancies between Local Authorities throughout Wales on their positions on PPE in schools. The Welsh Government, based on medical evidence from Public Health Wales, says that following hygiene and social distancing measures continues to be appropriate for school staff in schools and hubs. However, the same government guidance also goes on to say that where social distancing cannot be maintained and there is direct contact, a risk assessment should be put in place and this should consider where the use of gloves and aprons is required.
“We know that in a school setting social distancing is not always possible and on that basis we urge LAs to heed the government advice that individual risk assessments of each childcare setting should dictate what protective measures are appropriate. The guidance is clear and this is not an issue that should become a postcode lottery. It is the employers’ responsibility to make sure that school staff, children and their families are protected and kept safe.”
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