All schools are following guidelines which are aligned with wider society to keep pupils and staff safe. The guidelines have been updated to reflect the fact that we’re in a new phase of the pandemic, with better protection from the virus thanks to vaccines and improved treatments. As always, this decision has been informed by a range of scientific advice and clinical evidence and by experts in education, early learning and children’s services.
Schools are still being cleaned regularly, and are asking everyone to continue washing their hands. Classrooms should be well ventilated, and other precautions may also be put in place – each school building is different, so for more details on what your child’s school is doing you can contact them directly.
The legal requirement to wear face coverings – applying to shops, certain other indoor settings and public transport – has been converted to guidance. In order to maintain consistency between that position and the schools guidance, this means that face coverings in communal areas of schools are no longer mandatory, but we continue to encourage their use.
All restrictions on day trips, events and allowing parents and other visitors into schools have been removed. This will help to create a much more ‘normal’ experience for children, families and staff.
You can find out more about what schools are doing to keep everyone safe on the gov.scot website.