Falkirk Council welcomes return of youngest pupils to school from Monday

Falkirk’s youngest pupils will be back at school full-time from Monday after First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed a Scotland-wide partial school return.

By Hannah Brown
Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 4:10 pm
Falkirk's youngest pupils are set to return to the classrooms on Monday (Photo: Michael Gillen).
Falkirk's youngest pupils are set to return to the classrooms on Monday (Photo: Michael Gillen).

Her announcement on Tuesday confirmed that pupils in P1 to P3 will return to full time school across Scotland from Monday, with those in early learning or childcare also allowed back.

Senior students who require access to schools to undertake practical work for their national qualifications will also be permitted to return on a partial basis.

Teachers, school workers and senior pupils will also have the ability to request up to two Covid-19 tests a week as part of a wider testing rollout to ensure schools remain safe for all.

Falkirk Council has welcomed the decision to re-open the doors to some pupils.

A spokesperson saying: “We welcome the First Minister’s announcement to allow our youngest learners and those would need to complete important practical work to return to early learning setting and schools from next Monday.

"The return will be managed in line with Scottish Government guidelines.”

The next stage of school reopening will be outlined in a fortnight, but the First Minister said it would be unlikely anymore pupils will be in school before March 15.

Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood: “I want to be clear, though, in order to give parents as much clarity as possible at this time that the need to properly assess the impact of this limited re-opening means we think it unlikely, at this stage, that there will be any further return to school before March 15.”

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