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Re: Covid-19 FAQs for school staff (England)

Please find attached FAQs for school staff in England. They cover:

  • Operational issues
  • Pay
  • Easter and weekend working
  • Health and safety
  • Home working
Covid-19 FAQs for school support-staff – England
The FAQs can also be downloaded from the resources section on the UNISON website on our main page for all the latest Covid-19 information for school support staff:


And here is the government guidance


We have been made aware of a small number of instances where schools have been closed due to a potential risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID19) and where school cleaners were told to do a ‘deep clean’ of the schools. (None of these in Plymouth as yet)

UNISON regions have rightly intervened to stop our members being put at potential risk. If any instances like this occur elsewhere we need to intervene to ensure schools do the following:

  1. Conduct full risk assessments
  2. Contact the Local Health Protection Team for advice and support
  3. Ensure only those fully trained and equipped with the relevant protective equipment are involved in any deep clean.  A specialist cleaning team my have to be established
  4. Provide the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including appropriate face masks for those responsible for decontaminating the school
  5. Notify all staff and keep them updated on any development
Below is a link to the Department for Education (DfE) Advice. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#school-trips

We have made contact with DfE officials to express our concerns. https://www.gov.uk/health-protection-team