LiveNicola Sturgeon schools announcement RECAP: First Minister announces partial reopening of Scottish schools from Monday

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Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: The latest updates on Tuesday, February 16

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 February, 2021, 14:50

£100m for school recovery

Budget update to include £100m for school recovery

Local authorities and schools will get an additional £40m, as part of a wider £100m package to accelerate school recovery.

The finance secretary will confirm details from 3.20pm.

Next review of lockdown restrictions will be in two weeks, FM says

She said looking at a gradual return to normal will be discussed over the next two weeks and a further update on lockdown exit will be held in Parliament in a fortnight.

'A cautious approach will be more effective and sustainable,' FM added.

‘Treat Monday’s return as a milestone for education,’ says FM

Ms Sturgeon stressed this phased return for school is not gradual return to 'normal life' for adults and the public still need to stick to the rules.

FM said she hopes to see more pupils return to school in March

This phased opening however depends on everyone continuing to 'abide by the wider restrictions.'

She is asking parents and employers to still work from home even if their children are going back to school under the latest phased return rules.

'Employers should continue supporting employees working from home as far as possible,' FM added.

To parents Ms Sturgeon said: 'If you're child is going back to school, please don't use this as an opportunity to meet up with friends.

'If the return to school means adults will mix more, transmission will rise again and jeopardise our ability to sustain this limited phased return and make it less likely to get more pupils back soon and set back our progress more generally.'

FM confirms secondary pupils will have to follow 2m distancing rules while in school and on school transport

FM strongly advises against oversea holidays and staycations in Easter

She said that staycations may be able to go ahead in the summer in the UK, but this will depend on the data nearer the time.

'Careful, cautious and gradual is what we need to be to prevent having to enter another lockdown,' FM said.

Nicola Sturgeon confirms Scottish schools to partially return from Monday

Scotland’s youngest pupils will return to school full-time from February 22, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

The move will see pupils in P1 to P3 return to full time school from Monday, with those requiring in early learning or childcare also allowed to reopen from Monday.

Senior students who require access to schools to undertake practical work for their national qualifications will also be allowed to return on a partial basis.

Read more here

‘Data over dates’, says FM

The phased return will be more cautious than the phased return last year.

‘We need to plan a phased exit out of lockdown’ FM says.

Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government is looking at a phased return to 'normal'.

‘Cases are falling slower than they were before,’ says FM

Ms Sturgeon said the likely cause of this is the new variant of the virus is 'accounting for an increasing proportion of all new cases.'

She confirms as of now, the new variant is responsible for more than 80 per cent of all new cases being identified.

'The situation is still very fragile,' FM added.

'The recent news has been encouraging, but our room for manoeuvre remains limited.'

She said even a slight relaxing of restrictions now could lead to a surge in cases.

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