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UK News Pupils return to classrooms for first time since lockdown began

13:10  11 august  2020
13:10  11 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Scotland's pupils will begin returning to their classrooms later for the first time since the start of the lockdown nearly five months ago. Schools in the Borders and Shetland will be first to reopen with most local authorities following on Wednesday. Physical distancing among students will not generally be

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a group of people walking down the street: Pupils arrive at Kelso High School on the Scottish Borders (Owen Humphreys/PA) © Owen Humphreys Pupils arrive at Kelso High School on the Scottish Borders (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Pupils will return to the classroom as Scottish schools become the first in the UK to begin reopening as lockdown is eased.

Local authorities across the country are taking different approaches with the time frame for reopening for the first time since March 20.

Pupils in the Scottish Borders are returning on Tuesday, as are some in Shetland on a phased basis.

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It is the first day back for some primary pupils in England - but heads say attendance ranges The classrooms have been completely reorganised, with desks in rows, facing forwards, instead of Those shielding since lockdown began 10 weeks ago will be allowed outdoors with a family member

Pupils flooded out of their school are going back into the classroom this morning. Newman Catholic School in Carlisle was deluged by up to seven feet of water last month. Now, pupils will attend lessons on the site of a former primary school in the city.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Schools in Scotland are reopening amid concerns about safety during the pandemic (Owen Humphreys/PA) © Provided by PA Media Schools in Scotland are reopening amid concerns about safety during the pandemic (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Elsewhere, pupils will return from Wednesday, with many councils operating a phased return ahead of the August 18 deadline for all pupils to be back full-time.

Fears have been raised about how well-prepared teachers are to deal with mitigating the spread of the virus, as well as anxiety among staff who are returning.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said such feelings are “entirely understandable” and stressed reopening schools is a priority for the Scottish Government.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Monday, she said: “I know that there will be nerves and anxiety for children, parents and teachers this week – and I think that is entirely understandable.

Mixed emotions among pupils as schools return begins in Scotland

  Mixed emotions among pupils as schools return begins in Scotland Pupils in the Scottish Borders are returning on Tuesday, as are some in Shetland on a phased basis. © Provided by PA Media Pupils arrive at Kelso High School (Owen Humphreys/PA) Alex Bisset, an S6 pupil at Kelso High School, in the Scottish Borders, told the PA news agency he felt safe returning as extra hygiene measures have been put in place on campus.But he is pessimistic about how long the school will remain open.The 17-year-old from Birgham said: “I’m feeling quite happy that things are slowly returning to normal but at the same time I don’t think it’s going to last.

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“Fundamentally, all of us know that the reopening of schools is essential for children’s education, personal development and indeed I think for their general wellbeing and happiness.

“So what we are doing is trying to ensure that the reopening is safe and effective.”

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A total of 45% of those questioned in an NASUWT teaching union survey said they do not think it will be safe for pupils to return, with 42% uncertain.

a group of people sitting at a table in front of a computer: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon inspects preparations at a classroom during a visit to West Calder High School in West Lothian (Fraser Bremner/PA) © Provided by PA Media First Minister Nicola Sturgeon inspects preparations at a classroom during a visit to West Calder High School in West Lothian (Fraser Bremner/PA)

More than two-thirds (67%) do not feel prepared to go back to their school or college and the vast majority – 87% – feel anxious about returning when it is reopened to all pupils.

In response to the survey, a Scottish Government spokesman pointed to guidance on preparing for the start of the new term, which sets out the approach that must be taken, including a number of health mitigations.

Social distancing will be in place for adults and encouraged for older pupils, while young children will not be expected to.

a woman standing in front of a bus: The EIS has voice concern over the reopening (Owen Humphreys/PA) © Provided by PA Media The EIS has voice concern over the reopening (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Face masks will only have to be worn by staff who cannot effectively social distance, however anyone who wishes to should be allowed.

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) general secretary Larry Flanagan said that around 80% of members had expressed “deep concerns” about safety over the re-opening of schools.

He told BBC Good Morning Scotland: “One of the areas that is of particular concern is around the absence of physical distancing amongst young students, and that’s one of the areas where they think face coverings could be a mitigation that would make everyone safer in the school environment.

“Discussions are ongoing with the Scottish Government around improvements that could be made to the current safeguards which should be in place to try and make sure that schools are Covid secure.”

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Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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