P-05-1015 Categorise schools as critical infrastructure



P-05-1015 Categorise schools as critical infrastructure


This petition was submitted by Christopher Hughes having collected a total of 484 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

With test, track and trace in place and community transmission across Wales extremely low nationwide, school closures should not happen again in Wales.


This is essential for children's mental wellbeing, their education, and any safeguarding issues.


Additional Information

Should any schools be required to close due to a severe outbreak of C19 they must immediately be able to deliver all lessons live and online by way of an education contingency plan. Furthermore they also need to ensure that all children are present in registration and lessons, with any absences followed up in the same as they would in school ensuring children's safeguarding and continuation of education.


*This method of education must only continue for as shortest time as possible before all children must then re attend school as normal.


Schools specifically for children with SEN including disabled children should not close and should have a contingency to continue to remain open even throughout localised lockdowns.


A student writing on paper




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 01/12/2020.


The Committee considered an update on the petition and agreed in light of the ongoing scrutiny being applied to this subject by the CYPE Committee, the commitment by the Welsh Government to prioritise keeping schools open, and the expectations and guidance produced about provision of online learning, that there was no further action it could take at this time. It agreed to close the petitions and thank the petitioners.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 29/09/20.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Clwyd West
  • North Wales


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 14/09/2020