Coronavirus: More pupils return to Scotland’s schools

Thousands of pupils will return to more of Scotland's schools on Wednesday – after almost five months away from the classroom.

Schools have only been open to children of key workers since restrictions were put in place on 20 March.

Many schools will have pupils return on a phased basis.

Councils have been given some flexibility but the Scottish government wants all schools fully open by 18 August.

On Tuesday the first pupils returned to school in the Borders and Shetland.

Except for children of key workers, most of the country's 700,000 pupils have not been in class since schools closed in March.

As students return, additional hygiene and safety measures such as one-way systems have been put in place.

While there is no requirement for physical distancing between pupils, teachers should remain 2m apart from students or other adults.

Older secondary pupils are also being encouraged to maintain distancing where possible if this does not hinder the return to full-time learning.

Face masks will only have to be worn by staff who cannot effectively social distance, however anyone who wishes to wear one should be allowed.

School buses are treated as part of the school building, so normal distancing or face covering rules do not apply to pupils, but they will have to sanitise their hands prior to boarding.

How are the schools in my area reopening?

Local authorities across Scotland are taking different approaches with the time frame for reopening.

Argyll and Bute Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Renfrewshire Council and Moray Council will welcome all pupils back full time on Wednesday 12 August.

Many children who attend school in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian and Western Isles council areas will return to school on a phased basis.

All pupils will be back in school on a full-time basis by Tuesday 18 August at the latest. Read More – Source

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