Updates to Covid safety in schools

New guidance reviews restrictions for events like school sports days and parents evenings | Photo by Lukas from Pexels

Updated advice on Covid-19 safety in schools has now been published by the Scottish Government. 

The amended Reducing Risk in Schools Guidance aims to help limit the spread of coronavirus and protect pupils, parents, teachers and other school staff.

The changes, which came into effect on 1 October, follow a meeting of the Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues. 

The amendments cover school visitors – including parents – parent councils, parent teacher associations (PTAs), community-based interventions, and spectators at outdoor sports events.

The changes can be summarised in four parts:

  1. Where necessary, proportionate and viewed as beneficial, parents or carers may now attend school for individual visits on e.g. the progress, wellbeing and behaviour of children and young people;
  2. In line with SportScotland advice, and where appropriate mitigations are in place, parents or carers may attend school premises to spectate at outdoor sports events;
  3. Where necessary and digital alternatives are not working well, Parent Councils and PTAs may meet on school premises;
  4. Community-based interventions and community learning programmes may also make use of school premises if necessary, and particularly where there is a focus on supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.

To read the full document, visit the Scottish Government’s website.

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