Plans were drawn up for a “blended model” of learning by Nicola Sturgeon’s administration last month which would have seen pupils attending classes for some of the week and learning from home the rest of the time. But Mr Swinney told MSPs this afternoon that schools will be able to reopen to all pupils from August 11 so long as the spread of the disease “is sufficiently low to provide assurance that we can continue to control the virus”.
Speaking in Holyrood this afternoon, Mr Swinney MSP said: “Since May, because of the efforts of our fellow citizens to stay at home, we have seen Scotland make significant progress.
“If we stay on track, if we all continue to do what is right and if we can further suppress this terrible virus, the Government believes that we should prepare for children to be able to return to school full time in August.
“I must stress, this is the aim that the Government is now working towards.
“However, because it has to be achieved safely, it inevitably remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice.”
Published at Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:50:00 +0000