ASCL comment on lockdown contingency planning

28/08/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leader comments on government guidance published tonight on contingency planning for schools.
 
Commenting on government guidance published tonight on contingency planning for schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We’ve been calling for more contingency planning from the government in the event of local lockdowns, so we are pleased that it has finally published some guidance to this effect.

“But to wait until the Friday night before most schools return isn’t the government’s finest moment. Obviously, schools haven’t had any chance whatsoever to incorporate this into their planning and will now have to revisit the plans they have put in place.

“In any event, it is a step in the right direction. Obviously, everybody will be hoping that these back-up plans aren’t needed and that schools are able to remain fully open.”