•   
  •   

UK News Mixed emotions among pupils as schools return begins in Scotland

14:28  11 august  2020
14:28  11 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Major incident declared in Greater Manchester over coronavirus rise

  Major incident declared in Greater Manchester over coronavirus rise A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester amid a rise in coronavirus infection rates. Meetings of senior figures from the police, local authorities and other agencies to discuss the city's spike in COVID-19 cases took place over the weekend.Major incidents are often declared after a terror attack or significant flood and mean a region can access extra national resources if necessary.Leader of Manchester City Council Richard Leese said: "People should not be alarmed that a major incident has been declared. This is standard practice for complex situations which require a multi-agency response.

Pupils and parents have told of their mixed emotions as Scottish schools become the first in the UK to reopen as lockdown is eased.Local authorities Elsewhere in Scotland pupils will return from Wednesday, with many councils operating a phased return ahead of the August 18 deadline for all

Scotland 's pupils have returned to classes for the first time since lockdown began nearly five months ago. Borders and Shetland schools are the first to reopen with most others following on Wednesday. Physical distancing among students will not generally be required but hygiene and safety measures

a group of people walking in front of a building: Pupils arrive at Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders (Owen Humphreys/PA) © Owen Humphreys Pupils arrive at Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Pupils and parents have told of their mixed emotions as Scottish schools become the first in the UK to reopen as lockdown is eased.

Local authorities across Scotland 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.

Pass rates rise as Scottish pupils discover grades given to them after exams cancelled

  Pass rates rise as Scottish pupils discover grades given to them after exams cancelled Exam results have been published in Scotland, showing an increase in pass rates. © PA Pupils celebrate their exam results at Linwood High in Renfrewshire About 138,000 Scottish pupils have been finding out the results of their Nationals, Highers and Advanced Higher courses today after an exam-free year.This year's results are based on estimates from their teachers after exams across the UK were cancelled, as schools closed when the country went into lockdown in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.Results showed the National 5 pass rate was 81.1%, the Higher pass rate was 78.

Scottish pupils returned to classes nearly three weeks sooner than elsewhere in the UK - so how has it gone? In Scotland , pupils have been back since the middle of August. So what can the rest of the UK learn from its example? But the majority of these were among adult teaching and support staff.

A phased return is likely for Scotland 's schools when the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eventually eased. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the youngest pupils and those with additional support needs will be among the first to return to classrooms. Senior pupils preparing for

a group of people standing in front of a building: Pupils arrive at Kelso High School (Owen Humphreys/PA) © 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.

“I feel like in not too long there’s going to be perhaps another outbreak and we’ll all be sent home again.”

Isla Findlay, an S5 pupil at the school, said she felt a little overwhelmed seeing so many of her classmates after five months of lockdown.

The 16-year-old from Kelso said: “I’m a bit nervous but, yeah, it will be good.

'Legendary' Cardiff school teacher dies as Welsh rugby stars pay tribute to man who meant so much to them

  'Legendary' Cardiff school teacher dies as Welsh rugby stars pay tribute to man who meant so much to them Keri Evans taught some of Welsh rugby's best players and made a huge impression on their lives.The much-loved husband and father will be sorely missed by his wife Iola and their children, Dafydd and Elin Kate, as well as scores of friends, family and former pupils.

Schools are beginning to return in England Wales this week - although there will be a mix of starting dates, with some schools having training days as staff prepare for new safety measures. In Scotland and Northern Ireland schools have already opened for the new academic year.

Bringing you the latest news from across England as schools begin to reopen. Schools have staggered drop-off and pick up times and children will stay in small groups of no more than 15 pupils . After a long day of mixed emotions , Chellaston Junior School pupils left for the day.

“It’s just, like, what’s going to be different? I’m happy to see all of my friends – just how are they going to handle everything? It’s a bit scary.

“I’m feeling safe, it’s just a lot seeing everyone again. I thought it would be a lot worse but it’s nice to see everyone as it’s been so long.”

Kelso High School head teacher Jill Lothian is optimistic about the return of pupils, saying she does not want the pandemic to “define them”.

But she acknowledged some parents are worried about the move.

She said: “They came in this morning, they were smiling, it was great to see them in school and I hope they’re glad to be back – it’s about learning.

“What I don’t want is for Covid to define them and I think that’s what’s really important is that we take this opportunity this year and move forward – and that’s what we’ll help them with.”

Parent council chairwoman Gemma O’Brien, who has a daughter at the school, said: “I’m nervous for the students, they’ve been cooped up for the last five months with their family and now the day has come where they’re just getting back into school with all of their old friends and new friends as well and all their teachers.

Children ‘very minor players’ in Covid-19 transmission, expert says

  Children ‘very minor players’ in Covid-19 transmission, expert says Professor Russell Viner said reopening schools is one of the ‘least risky things we can do’.Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the Government’s Sage scientific advisory group, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that “reopening schools is one of the least risky things we can do”.

G. People are beginning to realize that environmental problems are not just somebody else’s. Many people join and support various international organizations and green parties. Human life is the most important, and polluted air, poisoned water, wastelands, noise, smoke, gas, exhaust all influence not

C. Beginning from the time of Peter the Great, several talented British military men Among the most famous ones were Field Marshall James Bruce, Field Marshall Barclay de Tolly and Admiral Thomas They appear to be dead, but when the rain returns , they come back to life and begin growing again.

“It’s a massive step just to get here and I think a lot of them were not sure when it was going to come and if it was ever going to come this year.

“I’m a little bit apprehensive for everybody but I know this is what everybody is needing.”

Elsewhere in Scotland 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.

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

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

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

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.

Pupils return to classrooms for first time since lockdown began

  Pupils return to classrooms for first time since lockdown began Schools in Scotland are the first to go back in the UK after being told to shut on March 20.Local authorities across the country are taking different approaches with the time frame for reopening for the first time since March 20.

a man wearing a suit and tie: EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan voiced concerns about safety (Andrew Milligan/PA) © Provided by PA Media EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan voiced concerns about safety (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) general secretary Larry Flanagan said about 80% of its members had expressed “deep concerns” about safety over the reopening 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.”

50 incredible photos of animals in the wild .
Nothing beats taking a short break in your day to admire beautiful wild animals. Here are 50 stunning photos taken by top-notch photographers of animals in their natural habitat.

usr: 0
This is interesting!