Commenting on today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that schools will return full-time in August, without distancing, if Scotland continues to make progress on suppressing the coronavirus – Gillian Martin MSP for Aberdeenshire East said
Thanks to the united effort of people here in Aberdeenshire, and across Scotland, who have stuck to government advice we have now made significant progress in the fight against COVID-19.
I’m pleased with today’s announcement that if we stay on the right path, and continue to suppress this virus, our young people can return to school full time from August.
It is vital to emphasise that this planned return to full-time schooling is contingent on continuing to suppress the virus, and therefore we all have a huge responsibility to stick to the Scottish Government’s social distancing and hygiene guidelines over the Summer.
This is an important step not only in ensuring our young people get the education they deserve, but it’s also positive news for working families.
I want to send my gratitude to our amazing teachers and school staff in Aberdeenshire who have helped us get to this stage and have worked enormously hard to put robust contingency plans in place. Plans I hope, we’ll not have to use.
There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but this SNP Scottish Government is working hard to support families and communities across the country.
You can watch the ministerial statement on education from Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, below