Families Urged to Help as Nurseries and Schools Return

Families Urged to Help as Nurseries and Schools Return Image

Dundee families are being urged to keep playing their part in the fight against coronavirus, as nursery children, Primary 1-3 classes and certain senior secondary pupils prepare to return on Monday (Feb 22).

Reminders are being issued about the steps that families and young people are being asked to take to keep everyone safe.

These include*:

  • Families observing 2 metre physical distancing while dropping off and picking up outside nursery or school
  • Face covering should be worn by anyone who is on nursery or school grounds, even if they don’t go into the building
  • Senior secondary pupils should observe 2 metres physical distancing at all times in school
  • Those S4-6 pupils should also wear face coverings in communal areas of the school as well as the classroom
  • They should also wear a face covering if travelling by bus or visiting local shops at lunchtimes
  • Ensure that key worker spaces for children are requested as a last resort and only on days where no other option exists

City council children and families convener Stewart Hunter is welcoming the return of the first groups of pupils, but is warning that there needs to be continued vigilance against coronavirus.

Councillor Hunter explained: “Our priority is to keep our nurseries and schools safe and I would like to stress that everyone has a part to play.

“This will be a very exciting and also dauting time for young children who have not been at nursery and school for around two months.

“Drop off and pick up will be very busy, so I ask that everyone just takes their time and makes sure that the guidance on distancing and face coverings where appropriate is being followed.                                                 

“I would also highlight to senior pupils who are returning that they too have an important role to play and I would like to see them continue the impressive levels of compliance that were in place before Christmas.

“They should now remain 2 metres away from anyone else at all times in school.”

Remote learning will continue for all pupils not returning to the classroom.

Senior pupils and all staff in primaries and secondaries who are regularly attending the premises have been contacted about a process of asymptomatic coronavirus tests which is beginning.

Councillor Hunter added: “This is a crucial time and will hopefully prepare the way for even more pupils to get back to school.

“For those families continuing with remote learning, I would like to thank them for their patience and ask that they keep on engaging with the imaginative educational content that is being produced.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our nursery and school staff for their ongoing efforts and their commitment during this extremely challenging time.”

Dundee City Council schools will also still be open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

However, with the return of more children to school it is essential that key workers requiring support ensure that requests for all places are a last resort and only requested for days where no other childcare options are available.

Head teachers will be speaking to families directly about these arrangements and may require further information from parents continuing requesting spaces as more pupils prepare to return to the buildings.

Dundee City Council has produced a school Covid-19 information page on its website here

*The guidance on face coverings does not apply to those with exemptions.

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