Today may mark the end of the Easter "holidays" for many in Scottish education, as a term like no other began this morning.
But educators in all sectors and all corners over the country have remained busy, as they responded to the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.
Here, then, is a collection of some of the most uplifting tales from Scottish education during the holidays, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Firstly, there were numerous examples of the lengths that were gone to to ensure children did not go hungry.
As ever, so very proud to be part of KHS. This all started when prom had to be cancelled and some fab pupils asked for their ticket money to be donated rather than refunded, a few extra donations from staff and here we are - I would have loved prom - but I love you lot more.❤️ https://t.co/x90y2w1W8L— Jess Kerek (@JessKerek) April 17, 2020
Schools are attempting to ensure that routine and continuity are maintained as far as possible. One Inverness primary has even started regular online school assemblies.
Here is some of our team @lullabynursery dropping off connection bags to our families @LullabyLaneWest we hope you all enjoy looking at the photo's and reading your book, teddies will follow with a letter from your key person ❤ @paulinescott222 @Sharlenedavisx @suzannezeedyk pic.twitter.com/dJweDP7ysu— lullaby@westerton (@LullabyLaneWest) April 6, 2020
Teachers are setting challenges not only for their own students, but for anyone who might want to take part – and, judging by the numbers of views many are getting, there's plenty of demand for these.
Edinburgh primary teacher Blair Minchin raised many a smile with a video – viewed more than 210,000 times – on why social distancing is far from straightforward in schools.
This teacher is a star! What a hoot! https://t.co/XcyP4tjtla— Rowena Arshad (@rowenaarshad) April 18, 2020
And students around Scotland are still receiving feedback on their outstanding work this school year.
Had the absolute treat of giving some feedback to 6th form student Ellie today. A stunning project that she is working hard on despite very challenging circumstances. Ellie we’re so proud of your hard work-don’t give up! #moreartnotless #ArtEd #ArtsAtHome #SocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/LaJhw8WBq6— CHS Art and Design (@ArtDesignCHS) April 14, 2020
“Pray for Aleppo”— MMcAinshArt&Design (@LHSArtandDesign) April 19, 2020
As I gather together our @LarbertHigh @NeverSuch competition entries based around “Conflict”it’s lovely to celebrate the work of @S2LHSYT and @S3LHSYT pupils this morning in this large scale wall installation inspired by Ariel views of the Syrian city of Aleppo pic.twitter.com/T5IoSLiH3c
The phenomenal efforts by schools and other places of learning to provide key workers with PPE continues apace.
Thanks to our amazing community of cutters, printers and makers helping reach our 20k #PPEfortheNHS visors today 🙏🏽 @fluxlaserstudio @JordanhillSch @GlasPrintStudio @stninianshs @GSofA @ndhsglasgow @hgs_art @StLukesHigh @arti_santoi et al. Even the kids are involved ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4nQee83PCm— David Miller (@DavidMiller_UK) April 17, 2020
110 shields boxed and waiting for @SouthLanCouncil, 130 made today from a huge delivery of plastic from our extremely generous donators which will go towards making way over 1000 more! We are going to be busy 😂👍 #PPEShortages #FrontLineHeroes #NHSThankYou #AllInThisTogether pic.twitter.com/O3G54oV3ca— Art & Design Hamilton Grammar School (@hgs_art) April 14, 2020
140 face masks made today and heading towards Monklands, Strathcarron Hospice, Carrickstone Care Home, Low Moss Prison and the Little Sisters of the Poor. We have material for 150-160 left 👍 pic.twitter.com/zYHKUzVgRt— Greenfaulds HS (@Greenfaulds_HS) April 14, 2020
Another batch of Visors ready for NHS Borders. As a group of Technology teachers across the borders we have produced over 1000 visors so far! pic.twitter.com/7mETki8h1S— Selkirk High School (@SelkirkHS) April 16, 2020
And the (often previously well hidden) musical talents in the staff at Scottish schools continue to emerge.
But it's not just staff showing their musical side. Thousands of P7s around the country had been looking forward to their last term at primary school, before the announcement that schools would close. This period of transition is now very different to the one they envisaged, and the P7s at one Aberdeen primary decided – in song – to reassure teachers that they remained in high spirits.
Kaimhill p7 decided to make a video for their teacher Mrs Westacott and the rest of the teachers @KaimhillSch we got as many of the p7s as we could was but wasnt possible to get everyone. Hope you enjoyhttps://t.co/TQlmOHnVee— Gordon kain (@KainGordon) April 17, 2020