Commenting on Education Minister Jeremy Miles’ statement on Covid-related absences in Welsh schools, Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said:
“It appears from the Education Minister’s statement that he suspects some schools in Wales are guilty of sending home large numbers of young people to self-isolate unnecessarily.
“The very last thing any school leader wants to do is to now have learners lose any more time in the classroom following the significant disruption to education they have experienced over the course of the last 16 months.
“Schools take their responsibilities very seriously and are not trigger-happy when dealing with issues where learners have been in close contact with positive Covid cases. They are following the advice and safe practice guidelines from the experts at the Test, Track and Protect team and Public Health Wales to the letter.
“School leaders across Wales need to be praised and thanked for the herculean efforts they have put in during the pandemic to keep our young people safe and to keep schools open in the most stressful and challenging of circumstances.”