ASCL Cymru comment on move to online learning in secondary schools in Wales

10/12/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s decision to move to online learning in secondary schools and colleges in Wales from Monday 14 December. 
 
Commenting on the Welsh government’s decision to move to online learning in secondary schools and colleges in Wales from Monday 14 December, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:
 
“We support the Welsh government’s decision to move to online learning in secondary schools and colleges.
 
“This is obviously a difficult decision but the public health advice is very clear that this needs to happen to tackle Covid infection rates in Wales and reduce transmission of the virus.
 
“We recognise that this action is targeted at secondary schools because the risk of transmission is higher among this age group than primary-age children.
 
“However, we urge the Welsh government and local authorities to keep a close eye on the situation in primary schools and take appropriate action if needed.
 
“We are concerned that positive cases during the final week of term could lead to large numbers of pupils and staff having to self-isolate over Christmas.
 
“We think everybody deserves a break that is free from this worry after a terrible year which has taken its toll on all concerned.”