Walsall Labour recognises the importance of education in terms of providing better life chances for residents, tackling long-standing inequalities and to the future economic prosperity of the borough. It is important that children are provided with the opportunity to attend school and are encouraged to do so. The best place for children to be is at school learning. We thank all Walsall school staff who have worked hard to ensure that our children have been provided an education during the Covid-19 pandemic, by increasingly novel means.
The Covid-19 virus now has a variant which is much more easily transmitted than the original form of the virus and we recognise the fears of parents, pupils and school staff. Walsall Labour support school staff who make the decision that the school setting is not safe for them and who have submitted a letter to their school under section 44 of the Health and Safety at work act (1974).
We welcome the clarification statement released by the Prime Minister on Monday evening and the rollout of the vaccines, which is the way out of this crisis. We also welcome and support the move to close schools for the majority of children, as requested by teaching unions, at this most challenging time. All of us need to work together to safely move our communities and our borough out of this crises so that we can all go back to a level of normality and carry on with our lives without the current restrictions.
We encourage the people of Walsall to adhere to the government guidance whilst the vaccine rollout continues.
Stay at home, protect the NHS, Save lives.