Geri Cameron, NAHT NI President, said “Many families have responded to our appeal not to send their children to school, and we thank them for that.
“We continue to encourage all parents who are key workers to seek alternative arrangements for childcare where possible. Taking your child to school should remain an option of last resort.
“Schools are open for children of key workers that were unable to put in place alternative childcare arrangements and for vulnerable pupils in the coming days.
Ms Cameron continued: “What schools desperately need now is clear guidance on how to keep the pupils and staff that continue to attend school safe.
“School leaders are crying out for sight of expert medical evidence on safe levels of attendance and density. They need practical advice on protective steps they should be taking in schools.
“From masks or other PPE, to distancing children from each other, to sufficient supplies of soap and hand sanitiser, schools urgently need answers to their questions about effective safety measures.
“If repurposed schools are to remain open in Northern Ireland, the Executive must act now to protect our school staff.”
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