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NAHT Cymru comments on reduced school provision during Coronavirus

Laura Doel, director of NAHT Cymru, said:

"Schools in Wales will remain open next week for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.

"School leaders are currently working to identify how many children this might mean, and how it will work in practical terms.

"There are many questions still unanswered, from opening hours, to number of children, safe staffing levels, and which schools children will attend.

"There is huge concern especially about vulnerable children – children not on any support plans or registers but who staff deem vulnerable. School leaders are working now to identify those children and offer them places to come in.

"It’s important to reiterate that school leaders will still need to make individual decisions about whether it is safe to open their school.

"It remains the case that if a school does not have enough staff to care for pupils safely then a full or partial closure may be necessary. Schools will need to keep this decision under daily review.

"NAHT Cymru continues to work with Welsh government to seek the clarity school leaders need to be able to support Wales during this crisis and to keep schools open safely."

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

Email : press.office@naht.org.uk