In view of the more recent events, the Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has reviewed its directives to add a few more as a means of preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which has now reached our island. These directives are not aiming to create alarm or unnecessary fear among its members, they are in place to protect both the educators and the students through prevention so as to render cure unnecessary.
The directives issued in relation to the prevention of contracting the Covid-19 virus on the 26th of February were the following:
- Educators who are members of the UPE will not assign or correct any homework to sick students.
- Educators who are members of the UPE will not attend any mass gatherings organised by the school such as, Cope sessions, SDPs, Mass or Assemblies.
- Educators who are members of the UPE are to report students who exhibit flu-like symptoms and are to refrain from keeping them in class.
- Educators who are members of the UPE should not accept any students who have been away or who have been sent home from school, in class, unless they are in possession of a valid medical certificate declaring them fit for school.
- LSEs members of the UPE are not to accept the responsibility of supervising any child exhibiting flu-like symptoms while waiting to be picked up from school by parents or legal guardians.
- Educators members of the UPE should be allowed to use surgical disposable gloves when handling students’ materials or technological devices.
These directives still hold and should be adhered to by all its members at all times. In addition to the above we are now adding the following directives.
- Educators who are members of UPE are to refrain from working in places which are not sufficiently well-ventilated.
- Educators members of UPE are to refrain from attending meetings which involve staying in enclosed and/or crowded spaces.
- Educators members of UPE are not to participate in any Parents’ days, Parents’ evenings, Prize days, concerts or any other activities that involve mass gatherings.
- Educators Members of UPE are not to attend any meetings organised by the Ministry of Education or other entities.
We also expect that the ministry, and the authorities in Church and Independent schools, install hand sanitizers within classrooms and equip all bathrooms with toilet paper, disposable paper towels and antibacterial soap. As always, self-monitoring is crucial.
Members of the Union having any further queries which are not related to the medical aspect of the condition can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400