Stirling Council has issued a warm welcome back to children, young people and staff ahead of the new school term.
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Pupils will return to the classroom on Wednesday, August 18, and the Scottish Government has advised schools are to retain Covid mitigating measures, with the exception of some modifications as set out in the guidance, until advice is issued that is it safe to remove them on a permanent or temporary basis.

The guidance is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/impact-assessment-reducing-risks-schools-guidance-back-school-arrangements-august-2021/

Children and Young People Committee Convenor, Councillor Susan McGill said: “We’re delighted to see pupils returning to schools across Stirling after the wonderful exam results received by those who worked so hard with the support of our excellent and dedicated teaching staff. I wish every young person well for the new school term ahead.

“While the majority of Covid restrictions have now been relaxed across the country, we need to avoid complacency and keep on top of any potential outbreaks. As young people aged 16 and over are only now being invited to receive their vaccinations, it’s sensible that some protective measures remain in place in schools for the time being.”

Home Testing Strongly EncouragedFollowing the Scottish Government’s move Beyond Level Zero, staff and secondary school pupils are being encouraged to resume twice-weekly lateral flow testing at home to help monitor the spread of Covid-19.

It is recommended that second tests should be taken the night before the first day back at school or before leaving home on the morning of the first school day, with results recorded.

Covid mitigations which were in place at the end of last term will continue to apply for a period of up to six weeks, until further guidance is provided. A small number of modifications have been made to mitigations at this time and these will be applied within the first four weeks of return.

These include the removal of the requirement for children under the age of 12 to wear face coverings on school transport. Children and young people can now engage in drama, music, PE and dance activity in schools, indoors and outdoors.

Vice Convenor, Councillor Christine Simpson said: “I welcome all of our pupils back to school following the summer break and wish them every success in the new term. I would also like to encourage those aged 16 and over who can now register for their Covid-19 vaccinations or attend a drop-in clinic to do so as soon as possible.

“The roll out of the vaccine programme has brought us to this point where restrictions have been eased to the extent they have and with more young people receiving their jabs, we will hopefully soon see restrictions also eased in our schools.”

Children aged 12-15 with specific conditions that put them at increased risk should they contract coronavirus and children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed are also being offered the vaccine. Children in this category are being contacted directly and should not attend drop in clinics.