Henry Hepburn

As Covid-19 cases rise, schools are teetering

Amid all the changing Covid regulations these past couple of months, schools have provided a sustained semblance of normality – but for how much longer, asks Henry Hepburn

As Covid-19 cases rise, schools are teetering

It has been only two months since Scottish schools returned. But the environment on 11 August was a very different place from where we find ourselves today. Back then, Covid-19 had been effectively suppressed and, while there was a fair amount of nervousness in schools, things felt relatively under control.

Fast-forward to the present, and the situation has changed dramatically. From single-figure numbers of daily Covid cases at points in July, Scotland is now regularly posting daily figures of more than 1,000. And despite their best efforts, schools are part of this trend.

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