eNews - 20 April 2020 - COVID-19 Executive resolutions, schools survey

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Executive resolutions

Following the Premier and Minister's announcement about school operations for Term 2, the SSTUWA Executive met on Sunday and passed the following resolutions:

  1. The SSTUWA notes that prior to the end of Term 1 school leaders, teachers and all school staff worked diligently to design curriculum, prepare learning materials and communicate with parents/carers and the broader school community about how schooling will work in Term 2. The SSTUWA honours the work that was done prior to the end of Term 1 and directs members to implement already planned curriculum for the commencement of Term 2. This is to reflect whatever program of work/length of planning which was adopted at individual workplaces at the end of Term 1.

  2. That the SSTUWA will seek the support of professional associations and other unions for this position.

  3. That the SSTUWA immediately surveys its members in relation to perceptions of personal safety during COVID-19.

  4. That the SSTUWA calls on the Government, prior to the commencement of Term 2, 2020 to:
    • Adhere to the advice by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) 16 April 2020 specifically in relation to smaller classes and teachers in the vulnerable persons category.
    • Ensure that class sizes conform to the same physical distancing requirements as apply to the broader community.
    • Ensure that environmental cleaning is carried out in accordance with the advice from the AHPPC.

  5. The SSTUWA Executive reiterates its concern that expectations around physical distancing requirements for school staff and students do not reflect the rules applying to the broader community. For example, in no other aspect of managing the pandemic is choice a guiding principle. Yet it appears that parents of students in Western Australian schools are able to exercise choices which potentially affect the safety of staff in WA schools.

  6. School leaders and teachers have very sound partnerships with parents and school communities and the SSTUWA seeks support for our members to endeavour to achieve social distancing in schools through these partnerships. In order for this to have any chance of being achieved, the number of students in attendance needs to be reduced. The SSTUWA strongly urges that wherever possible, parents keep their children and young people at home and the school continues to support learning from home with both paper and online programs.

COVID-19 schools survey - urgent

We need your assistance to support our efforts to ensure member safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Please complete this survey by 2pm Wednesday 22 April. Please encourage fellow members to do the same. All personal information will remain confidential.

It will take you less than five minutes. The survey is here.