ASCL Cymru comment on Local Infection Control Decision Framework for schools

27/08/2021
Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the launch of the Welsh government’s contingency framework for schools. 
 
Commenting on the launch of the Welsh government’s contingency framework for schools, Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said: “This flabby guidance is vague in the extreme and ​will be very difficult for school and college leaders to interpret. Clarity of communication is vital for an ordered full return to education.
 
“At all times schools need a precise and coherent set of guidelines under which they are expected to operate but this new guidance, issued just days before education leaders and learners return for the autumn term, offers little practical assistance or clarity and is largely down to local interpretation. ​While we welcome a flexibility of approach, the detailed support for leaders in adopting this guidance is absent. 
 
“The Education Minister’s announcement earlier this week that all students will be required to take lateral flow tests twice a week ​appears to be in direct contradiction of the guidance issued today and further clouds an already confusing picture.
 
“Schools will need to work extremely closely with their local authorities to interpret the Welsh government guidance and come up with a set of practical measures ​and risk assessments that they can use and stick closely to.”