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Phase 3 continues with further indicative re-opening dates

Friday July 31st, 2020

Full-time school reopening confirmed with further £60m support.Scottish Flag

Children will return to schools full-time from August 11, with quick access to testing for all those who are symptomatic, and a targeted, enhanced surveillance programme to highlight any impact on pupils and staff.
The First Minister has also announced the return to schools will be supported with an additional £30 million to recruit new teachers. This brings the total additional Scottish Government investment in the teaching profession to £75 million, enough to recruit up to 1,400 new teachers. This funding will help address learning loss and ensure much-needed resilience in our schools as we recover from coronavirus (COVID-19).

On top of £20 million of funding previously committed, a further £30 million will also be available as part of a £50 million education recovery fund for local authorities. This will support cleaning, facilities management, school transport and other practical issues that are vital in ensuring a safe return to school.

The First Minister told MSPs yesterday (30 July) that Scotland will remain in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown due to the ‘fragile position’ the country faces.

Two sets of indicative dates have been announced for sectors that remain shut as a vital part of the country’s public health measures in tackling COVID-19.

These indicative dates are contingent on the continued suppression of the virus. Re-opening dates for indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports courts (including dance schools) will be reviewed in three weeks to see if they can be brought forward.

During a statement to Parliament, the First Minister also confirmed that shielding advice will officially pause from Saturday (1 August), meaning those who have been shielding to protect themselves can now follow the advice set for the general public.

Routine eye care services can resume within community optometry practices and in patients’ own homes from Monday (3 August), and urgent dental care involving aerosols may begin in practices for NHS patients from 17 August.

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