Advice for SNAs
Limited re-opening of schools from 18th May
|Staff should continue to work remotely unless there is essential work associated with remote learning that requires attendance on school premises|
Fórsa has issued a series of documents and advice sheets for SNAs ahead of the limited re-opening of school buildings expected from next Monday (18th May).
In a message issued to SNAs last night, the union’s Education division advised that the Government’s road map states that schools are only re-opening to facilitate the organisation of remote learning: “Staff should continue to work remotely unless there is essential work associated with remote learning that requires attendance on school premises.”
The documents are as follows:
- Advice sheet on what to do on 18th May next - which contains information on what you can and cannot be asked to do.
- A letter to school principals. SNAs are advised that they can show this letter to their principal, but that Fórsa can arrange for this to be sent directly. Simply contact your branch or organiser: “As some members do not wish us to contact their principal directly we have not issued this letter to all schools but you can show this to your principal or ask us to send it to them.”
- An advice sheet on health and safety on return to work, which will be useful as we move towards full or partial school opening in September.
- An advice sheet on handling books and learning materials. This is primarily aimed at school secretaries but is relevant to any SNA asked to handle materials that come in from students. SNAs are advised to note that work on the book return/rental scheme is not part of the role of the SNA. However the advice covers all physical contact with books.
The Department of Education and Skills will be issuing guidance to schools today (Friday) which will stress the limited nature of the re-opening of buildings for remote working only with any other essential work being carried out when public health restrictions begin to ease further towards the end of the school year.
SNAs are advised to contact your branch representatives if you have any queries.