02 November 2020

Parents encouraged to discuss updated national guidance with young people

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Education and Children’s Services, Laurence Findlay has called upon parents and carers across the local area to review the Scottish Government’s updated ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on reducing the risks in schools’ and discuss this at home to help children and young people adjust.

Education Scotland has helpfully published a summary of the guidance which includes some essential updates on physical distancing, face coverings and PE in the curriculum as well as providing updates and some information on other matters such as SQA examinations.

Laurence explains: “This summary is highly important and I encourage all parents and carers to take some time to look at it. By working together and adhering to the guidance we can make continued positive progress in suppressing the spread of the virus and hopefully ensuring a return to some degree of normality as swiftly as possible.

“I would particularly ask everyone to note the section of the guidance asking parents to wear face coverings when on the school site, including during pick-up and drop-off. These changes to our daily lives can feel burdensome and inconvenient, but they have been developed in the interests of public safety, using the most up-to-date medical and scientific advice and guidance. I would ask everyone to support their local schools in adhering to the measures set out in the guidance.”

The updated national guidance is available to view at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/pages/school-operations/

You can also find the Education Scotland summary online at: https://education.gov.scot/media/gqfjuglp/es-summary-guidance-301020.pdf