Shielding pupils to return to Scottish schools

School buildings in Scotland are at their busiest since before Christmas – and now shielding pupils are to return

Henry Hepburn

Covid: Shielding pupils can return to Scottish schools next week

Pupils who are shielding can return to school buildings in Scotland from Monday, it was confirmed today.

This week, for the first time since before Chritstmas, the vast majority of pupils in Scotland have been in school for face-to-face learning.

In a Scottish government Covid-19 briefing this lunchtime, first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that pupils who are shielding can return to school buildings from Monday, 26 April.

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Shielding adults, meanwhile, can return to workplaces if their job cannot be done from home.

Covid: Shielding pupils can return to school

Two weeks ago, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that almost all Scottish pupils would be back in school buildings full-time after the Easter holidays. That meant school buildings across the country this week have been at their busiest since before Christmas, with shielding pupils now due to add to those numbers from Monday.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that face coverings would have to be worn “at all times” after the Easter break by students and staff in Scottish secondaries, according to Scottish government guidance on the return to school.

However, the public health and education experts advising the Scottish government rejected a call from teaching unions for staff and students to be required to wear medical-grade masks in secondary schools.

Guidance was also changed to remove the requirement for two-metre physical distancing in Scottish secondary schools.

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Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn is the news editor for Tes Scotland

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