NIPSA Calls for an Urgent Review of School Transport Arrangements During Extended Half-Term Break

NIPSA the largest of support staff trade unions, representing over 7,000 workers, reacts to the news that the First Minister acknowledged problems with school transport arrangements

Alan Law, Assistant Secretary stated:

NIPSA warned in August that plans to re-open schools had failed to take account of the lack of social distancing in transport services and would create complete chaos in attempting to track and trace pupils who had close contact with others who test positive for Covid on school transport services.

Today in the Assembly the First Minister has acknowledged that problems exist and we call on the Education Authority to immediately take account of these concerns and develop plans to ensure social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face coverings is enforced when services resume after the extended half-term break.