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Assembly recall petition over “serious risk” of school restart next week


SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan

SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan has this evening stated that he has submitted an urgent petition to recall the Assembly this Thursday to discuss the “serious risk posed to kids and teachers if Minister Weir persists with school reopening on Jan 4th.”


In a statement online McCrossan said: “I have submitted an urgent petition to recall the Assembly this Thursday to discuss the serious risk posed to kids & teachers if Minister Weir persists with school reopening on Jan 4th.


“More than 1500 COVID-19 cases in the north today. The Minister for Education must answer why he is ruling out an extended school holiday given the risk to children & teachers.


“On behalf of the SDLP and after consulting with teachers, parents and children, I have submitted a petition to recall the Assembly & compel the Minister to act.


”I do not believe it is safe for schools to reopen on Jan 4th.”


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