Coronavirus: Pupils in Scotland begin returning to school

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Scotland’s pupils have returned to classes for the primary time since lockdown began nearly five months ago.

Borders and Shetland schools are the only places to reopen with most others following on Wednesday.

Physical distancing among students won’t generally be required but hygiene and safety measures like one-way systems are put in situ.

Except for children of key workers, most of the country’s 700,000 pupils haven’t been in school since 20 March.
While councils are given some flexibility over the going back to the high school timetable, the Scottish government wants all schools fully open by 18 August.

All age groups returned within the Scottish Borders on Tuesday – every week before the traditional start of term – but most councils have opted for a phased approach, as an example by having youngest pupils return first.
While there’s no requirement for physical distancing between pupils, teachers should remain 2m aside from students or other adults.

Older secondary pupils also are being encouraged to take care of distancing where possible if this doesn’t hinder the return to full-time learning.

School buses are treated as a part of the varsity building, so normal distancing or face covering rules don’t apply to pupils, but they’re going to need to sanitize their hands before boarding.

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