With only a fortnight to go, clear plan needed to reopen schools

The Scottish Government must produce a clear and cogent plan for a safe return to schooling, Iain Gray MSP has said.

With only two weeks to go until the full reopening of schools, concerns persist over the safety of pupils, teachers and school support staff, and the lack of clarity on what guidance will be in place.

Mr Gray and Scottish Labour are calling on the Scottish Government to allay these worries by producing a detailed and flexible plan for full-time reopening.

An online survey has been launched to gauge how the public feel about the Scottish Government’s management of education at this crucial point. It can be completed at https://secure.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/signup/schools-restart-and-reform

Commenting, Iain Gray MSP said:

“From the outset of this crisis John Swinney and his colleagues have failed to get a grip of the situation.

“A massive U-turn, together with back-of-a-fag-packet decision making has created a huge amount of uncertainty.

“Big questions related to safety and how the school day will run simply remain unaddressed, and statements to Parliament often raised as many questions as they answered. 

“With only a fortnight left before the return to full-time, face-to-face teaching, the SNP Government must act urgently to produce a clear and flexible plan for pupils, parents, teachers and school support staff.”