Coronavirus: Education staff fear return to school, survey finds

Other findings suggested that only 10 per cent had had training on Covid-19 health and safety measures including infection control, correct use of PPE or carrying out a virus-related risk assessment. The Scottish Liberal Democrats’ education spokesperson, Beatrice Wishart, said: “Opening schools and childcare is the most important step in getting society and the economy back up and running. It is important that Scottish ministers make sure all staff, not just teachers, have the time, the training and the equipment to do this safely.” A Scottish government spokesperson said: “Our overriding priority is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff and giving parents the confidence schools are safe. “We will implement physical distancing, staggered arrival and departure times, staggered break times, increased hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning regimes and a range of other measures, including PPE and training for staff. “The education recovery group, chaired by the deputy first minister, continues to work with representatives of local authorities, parents, teachers’ organisations and trades unions on how we manage the safe reopening of schools.” Additional reporting by Press Association