UNISON, along with some of the other unions in schools, has produced a checklist covering all school settings, including special schools. It’ll help school staff and reps have discussions with school leaders about their plans for safe reopening, and assist them in completing a thorough risk assessment that addresses the issues that concern you. 👇
We need to start asking the important questions now. Our branches and your reps continue to work hard, but here are the top 3 things you can do now to help secure safer schools for September:
- Ask your school for a copy of its risk assessment and for a commitment that it will use the joint union checklist in planning for September.
- Ask your school what plans it has for training staff on the measures identified in the risk assessment – some schools are looking at staggering the start to the school year or using the first few days as training days for staff.
- Ask your school to confirm its timeline for consulting staff on the risk assessment – including the date(s) on which the risk assessment will be reviewed again immediately prior to reopening to reflect any changes over the summer.
Interested in getting involved? Become a safety rep!
If you’ve got any concerns, please get in touch with your local branch.