Comment on return of schools

Commenting on the return of pupils to schools in East Lothian next week, Iain Gray MSP said:

“The return of pupils to school is the biggest, and most important move out of lockdown yet.  Good luck to all of the County’s pupils and teachers as they finally get back to face to face learning.  As a grandad with two grandchildren starting school for the first time, I am thinking especially of those new p1 pupils. 

“I know that teachers, cleaners, janitors, classroom assistants and our local education department have worked incredibly hard for this day, to ensure that schools can restart safely.  They were not helped by the government telling them to plan for social distancing in the classroom, and then suddenly being told the return would be full time – but I have every confidence that they will have turned that round.

“I know that many parents will have mixed feelings, pleased that their children are going back to school, because home schooling has been tough for all families,  but anxious for their children’s safety too.  It is important that everything needed is in place – sanitiser, testing, and, in senior years social distancing where possible.  Everyone has a part to play in sticking by the rules, and I am sure that here in East Lothian, they will.”