ASCL Cymru response to First Minister on school reopening

03/05/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru responds to the comments of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today about the potential reopening of schools in Wales at the beginning of June.
 
Responding to the comments of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today about the potential reopening of schools in Wales at the beginning of June, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

The First Minister has indicated that schools could reopen at the beginning of June. We would caution against fixing a date in stone at this stage, and to make sure the conditions are right first of all. We are happy to plan towards a proposed date, but we would urge that it is clearly stated from the outset that it is moveable if more time is needed.

We welcome the thought and care that the Welsh government is putting into the reopening of schools. And we agree that the only realistic approach to doing this while sustaining social distancing is through a phased approach, in which certain groups of children are brought in first

Exactly how this is managed will need to be guided by public health and scientific advice to ensure that pupils, parents and staff can have confidence that it is safe to return to schools. This will be a complex and difficult task, and there is a great deal of work to do to get this right. That is why the date of reopening must be kept under review.