The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers, is following closely the re-opening of schools in Malta and Gozo.
We are still receiving reports that various grades are being asked to travel from one school to another despite the fact that this is going against the strong recommendations issued on the Public Health Guidelines.
“Keeping students from different cohorts from mixing is critical since otherwise the concept of social ‘bubbles’ would be defeated and the risk of contagion increases proportionately to the size of the cohorts which have mixed. For this measure to be effective, the composition of the ‘bubbles’ or ‘clusters’ need to remain as constant as possible throughout the day. It is recommended that there is a designated system where the staff member is assigned to the same classroom/cluster of students over a period of time. ”
“The smaller the social ‘bubble’ or cluster the lower the risk to the individual.”
The guidelines also specify that there should not be any mixing of staff members within staffrooms let alone from different schools;
“Considerations must be made for all staff members in staff rooms to keep an adequate physical distance of two metres from other staff members. It must be ensured that in staff rooms, adequate care is taken to avoid mixing of staff members, and where desks are used for corrections”
For the above-mentioned reasons, the UPE is issuing the following directives to its members;
Members of the UPE, who are KGEs, LSEs, teachers (including all relievers, peripatetic, complimentary and teachers who offered other services) and HODs are to refrain from reporting for work in other schools and to continue to report for work at their home school.
The above directive is being issued to safeguard the health and safety of our members.
Should any of our members have any further queries or would like to communicate with us in relation to the above, they should not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400.