UNISON has urged the government to “rescue Christmas” by allowing schools to switch to an online format for their lessons next month and reduce the risk of families being required to self-isolate over the holiday period.
Calling on government ministers to “save Christmas” this afternoon, head of education at UNISON Jon Richards argued that “measures such as increased social distancing and virtual learning are vital in the run up to the festive season”.
The trade union has advised that schools switching to online teaching from December 10th, two weeks before the end of term, would significantly cut the risk of households having to isolate on Christmas Day.
Commenting on the impact of Covid on education, Richards said: “Schools in Covid-hit areas are struggling to stay open. High numbers of children and staff are sick or self-isolating – and it’s only going to get worse.
“Schools and local authorities know what is best for pupils, staff and the wider community. Government officials must step back and let education leaders make their own decisions.