In a recent meeting with the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, the National Association of Head Teachers insisted they will need to close due to staff self-isolating. With staff self-isolating, there are fears of a lack of staff. There were also fears over pupils with additional needs and those on free school meals.
Although the Government insisted schools could still remain open, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) insisted they face a “pressing challenge”.
In a joint statement with the NAHT, the ASCL said: “This is clearly a very difficult situation and a very challenging scenario for school leaders, and the government is well aware of our concerns.
“The most immediately pressing challenge is the difficulty in keeping schools open with growing numbers of staff having to self-isolate.
“It is likely that a number of schools will have to close because there are too few staff available to teach, support and supervise children.
“We are concerned about the implications for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities as well as children who receive free school meals if a school is closed or they have to self-isolate, and similarly, the wellbeing of vulnerable young people where there are identified safeguarding risks.”
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