First Minister's school Covid mitigations announcement - EIS response

Created on: 10 Feb 2022 | Last modified: 14 Feb 2022

The EIS has issued a response to the announcement by the First Minister that some Covid safety mitigations in schools are to be removed from the end of the month.

Commenting following the First Minister’s statement in the Scottish Parliament today, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

“The majority of EIS members supported the retention of face coverings until we were through the winter period so we would have preferred the end of March rather than the end of February for this change to happen. Having said that, it is important that both pupils and staff have the right to continue to wear face coverings if they wish and, in some cases, where there is a heightened vulnerability in play, face coverings may still be required.

There has been a slight drop in infection levels within schools but they remain high – over 4,000 staff are off school for Covid related reasons and more than 20,000 pupils. Enforcing the remaining mitigations, therefore, around ventilation and face coverings in communal areas, remains critical to school safety.”