Coronavirus: face freeze for teachers and students, unclean classrooms as safety fears grow


In the midst of continuing and increasing concerns about the safety of Scottish schools during the coronavirus pandemic, teachers and students are working in freezing, unclean classrooms, a national survey of teachers reveals.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the largest teachers’ union in the country, said responses from almost 19,000 teachers have expressed concern about whether there is an accurate record of covid outbreaks.

And the answers show that workers actually do not believe the stance of the Scottish government that there is no proof that coronavirus transmission is occurring on campus.

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A major new study released by Public Health Scotland, however, suggests that teachers and students while they are in school are not at increased risk of serious Covid 19 disease.

The new changes come at a time when teachers are moving for a potential labour conflict before and after the Christmas holiday over school safety and distance learning arrangements.

“overwhelmingly”overwhelmingly. In the face of the continuing danger of the COVID-19 pandemic, they say employers are not ensuring a healthy working atmosphere for employees.

On Wednesday, workers in Glasgow lodged a formal notice of disagreement with the education bosses of the city council.

One secondary school interviewed told the EIS, “One-third of school students in the hallways and common areas do not wear face covers.”

In the school, about 5 percent of students in grades S4-6 do not wear face coverings.

In order to ventilate the classroom, windows are opened, causing the space to be cold. The heating of the school is typically switched off.

“More than 100 students were asked to separate themselves during the school week prior to the October break.

“A number of staff also tested positive for COVID and were on sick leave. Reference was made to a letter that there was no evidence of intra-school transmission. Utter nonsense and frankly unacceptable.”

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One respondent from an elementary school said on the topic of cleanliness, “I feel there has been a real failure to ensure that improved cleaning is performed, and the promised investment has not materialized.”

We had an absent cleaner, which meant that for 2 days, 6 classrooms and the student toilets were not washed.

To keep us and the kids safe, the teaching and support staff cleaned instead.

This is a big issue and a colossal failure on the part of our employer, in my view. To wipe down screens and classroom tables, workers purchase their own wipes.

The interviewee added, “In a classroom full of 30 young children, it is also incredibly difficult to maintain a social distance.”

“All of these things (and many more) make every day a stressful experience right now. Staff health needs to be a higher priority.”

The EIS survey findings, however, come at a time when a major new Public Health Scotland (PHS) study published on Wednesday indicates that teachers and students are not at elevated risk of serious coronavirus disease.

The data indicate that the occurrence of COVID-19 in schoolchildren and teachers in Scotland is consistent with patterns seen in the general population during the fall semester, such as the increase and decrease in infection rates in each local authority, and that the proportion of teachers with COVID-19 antibodies represents that of the general adult population, according to the PHS overview.

“New analyses also show that teachers are at no higher risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 since returning to school than the general population,” he said.

“Taken together, the reports show that teachers and students were not at increased risk for severe COVID-19 because they were in school.”

“We recognize that this is an anxious time for teachers, families and pupils, and we are grateful to all school staff for their dedication and hard work during a very difficult time,” said a Scottish Government spokeswoman.

“Reports released today by Public Health Scotland on the effect of Public Health Scotland on the impact of


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