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Schools Across Highland Perthshire Set to Reopen

Following the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s, announcement that schools in Scotland will be reopening, Perth and Kinross council confirm that schools in Highland Perthshire will reopen from the 12th of August.


The council plan to make a phased return to full-time teaching in person, meaning all pupils will be back in the classroom by the 17th of August.


Sheena Devlin, Perth & Kinross Council’s Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, said: “Following confirmation today that all schools across Scotland can re-open, we are pleased to be able to welcome pupils and staff back.


“The fast-moving nature of the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty for pupils, staff, parents and carers but there is now clarity about the plans for the new term.


“We will be taking all possible steps to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus and will follow all guidance should any cases occur within a school.


“Our staff are committed to delivering the best education possible for children and young people.”


Perth and Kinross council also stress that there will be a ‘zero tolerance’ of COVID symptoms, including a fever, cough and a loss of taste or smell.


Adhering to the guidelines, schools will provide hand sanitiser in all entrances and exits as well as follow NHS test and protect guidelines.


Out of school clubs will also be running from the 10th to the 14th of August, starting at 8 am and continuing onto 6 pm in Oakbank, Milnathort, Newhill, Inchview, St Dominic's and Luncarty.


Another nine out of school clubs in Kinnoull, Auchterarder, North Muirton, Scone, St John's, Letham, Viewlands and Bridge of Earn will open 3-6 pm from the 12th of August.


From the 17th of August, all out of school clubs will run 3-6 pm and the council are working to have breakfast clubs running from the 12th.


Sheena Devlin added: “We look forward to classes resuming after the summer holidays even if school life will, initially, be a lot different from how it was before lockdown.


“We have contingency plans in place should circumstances change and a blended model of learning, involving home and classroom learning, is needed.”

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