Responding to the Welsh government statement on face coverings in schools, Jonathan Lewis, UNISON Cymru Wales schools forum Chair, said:
“Welsh government should have given clear guidance on this and followed the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation.
“Leaving it to local authorities and schools to decide is likely to create a great deal of inconsistency throughout Wales.
“Given the severe difficulties in maintaining social distancing in schools, every possible measure to reduce the risk of transmission needs to be put in place.
“It is the school support staff that UNISON represents who are often in closest contact with pupils; the government, local authorities and schools have a legal duty to protect their well-being.”
Alastair Gittins, UNISON Cymru Wales press officer on 07816 53 83 97.