27th May 2020
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Council awaits clarity on when schools can re-open

The council is awaiting on more clarity from the Scottish government over when – and how – schools may re-open to pupils again.

It comes as the First Minister is expected to set out plans tomorrow which could see pupils taking up their lessons in school once more.

National media reports have suggested schools may go back on 11th August, with teachers potentially returning earlier to prepare for a system of “blended” education.

Speaking on Monday Nicola Sturgeon said the “routemap” would set up the administration’s assessment of a phased return to lessons.

Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Dave Donaldson

Schools in the isles have been closed since 16th March, since when staff at children’s services have been working on a “recovery and renewal” process while pupils have been learning from home.

However, education officials have been waiting on a steer from the SNP administration as to exactly how and when pupils can return.

Quality improvement manager Robin Calder said: “We understand the Scottish government will be announcing more information about the country’s roadmap out of lockdown tomorrow.

“There may be more information about schools re-opening as part of this announcement.

“Children’s services will consider the detail very carefully to support all our recovery and renewal planning.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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