Government sets out plan for reopening schools in Scotland

Scottish schools could re-open full-time with no physical distancing on 11th August if coronavirus continues to be suppressed, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney announced in a statement to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

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Schools have been preparing to return with a blended model of face-to-face teaching and at-home learning.

John Swinney said: “Now thankfully, the picture looks more positive, since May we have seen Scotland make good progress.

“Sustained downward trend in covid-19 deaths, if we stay on this trajectory, by August this position will be better.

“If we stay on track, and if we can further suppress this virus, we should prepare for children to return to school full-time in August.

“This remains conditional on scientific advice and is the aim for the Scottish Government.”

Plans for Glasgow schools had invisaged pupils attending only one or two days a week. John Swinney had previously targeted having pupils spend at least half their time physically in the classroom.

If there is further outbreaks or the infection rate goes up, the plans will go back to a blended learning model. “We can only move away from blended learning if we command the confidence of parents and teachers” he said.