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Moray Council unveils their back to school plans for the ‘new normal’

Pupils are to return to Elgin High School, and other schools across the region, on August 12.
Pupils are to return to Elgin High School, and other schools across the region, on August 12.

Council chiefs urged families with any concerns to come forward as they yesterday unveiled guidelines for the return of pupils to schools across Moray.

Parents have also been urged to play their part in preventing the spread of Covid-19 by keeping children at home if they display any symptoms.

The local authority is providing guidance for families ahead of the return to schools and nurseries on August 12 amidst what it calls the ‘new normal’.

Youngsters will not have to wear face coverings in school, although it says some staff may choose to wear them.

Thorough cleaning routines have been implemented for nurseries and settings to support the prevention of the spread of Covid-19.

There will be hand sanitiser stations present on entry and exit and where necessary throughout the buildings where hand washing is not possible.

One-way systems may be in place around schools and signs will assist children to navigate round buildings.

And at lunch times, pupils will be told when and where to go. There may also be different toilets for different classes.

In secondary schools, identified year groups may be allowed to leave school premises at lunchtime.

There will be no assemblies or parents’ evenings for the foreseeable future.

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport, and social distancing remains in place.

Moray Council’s head of education, Vivienne Cross, said: “There’s no doubt that school and nursery is going to be different for everyone returning or starting new on August 12 and we appreciate it may be an anxious time for parents, carers and pupils.

“We ask that parents and carers familiarise themselves and their children with this guidance as far as possible before the start of term and do contact your school with any further questions.

“We’re here to support families as they step back into the ‘new norm’ of education.”

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