The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has been following, and will continue to follow the events as they arise with regards to the recent confirmation of the first case of Covid-19 on the island. The union has the well-being of its educators at heart and would like to urge its members not to succumb to unnecessary panic and alarmism on the matter.
The ministry of Health has assured the population that pre-emptive measures are being taken and that they are ready to face any insurgence of the virus. It is therefore imperative to verify any information and mitigate unnecessary fear, prior to acting inappropriately.
The union, on its part, is ensuring that it follows all communications and instructions coming directly from our health authorities, to ensure that adequate measures and instructions are issued promptly should the need arise. Members are thus encouraged to follow our updates to ensure that they are aware of any instructions the UPE may deem necessary to follow. For any queries about the virus itself the Ministry of Health has created the freephone number 111, where professionals in the field will be happy to assist and guide callers.
In the meantime, the directives which the union had issued on the 26th of February 2020, as a pre-emptive measure to counteract and prevent the spread of the virus, still hold strong. We would like to reiterate the importance of adhering to the directives quoted below, for the members’ own safety as well as that of the students in their care.
- 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.
It should be needless to remind our members that a regular and meticulous hand-washing regime is considered one of the best measures of prevention.
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