Thursday 16th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Edinburgh Council statement on pupil full-time return plan

Education Leaders at the City of Edinburgh Council have welcomed the news that schools may be back full-time in August with no physical distancing measures in place.

The Scottish Government Education Secretary John Swinney made the announcement this afternoon when addressing the Scottish Parliament.

He said that schools should expect to reopen to all pupils in August without any physical distancing measures in place if the suppression of the Coronavirus continues.

The Council will continue to make contingency arrangements and today submitted its plans for blended learning to the Scottish Government.

Councillor Ian Perry, Education Convener, said “This is obviously welcome news and will come as a great relief to all parents and carers across the city. We will make sure we’re doing everything possible to ensure our schools are safe to reopen by following the most up to date Government and Health Protection Scotland advice.

“Obviously the major caveat to this announcement is that the suppression of Coronavirus has to stay on track. That’s why it’s so important we make sure we have robust plans for schools reopening in August with the blended model of learning that may be required.

“Our schools and other Council teams have been working tirelessly on these plans for many weeks and I want to thank them for all their efforts. We submitted our plans to the Scottish Government today and we will continue our dialogue with them over any additional funding that may still be required.

“I really hope that the virus continues to be suppressed and our contingency plans are not required. However, if they are needed, then I am confident the detailed plans we are proposing demonstrate our commitment to ensuring the best teaching and learning for all pupils across the whole city.”

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