May 28, 2022

It has been revealed that the rules of school coverage, including one-sided system and parental evening restrictions, will remain in place even after the mask ban is lifted.

This decision is revealed in the guide that was published for secondary students before the need to cover the classroom.

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Scots school students may still face restrictions after wearing masks.
Scottish Tory Meghan Gilcher dubbed school restrictions. "More"

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Scottish Tory Meghan Gallacher called school restrictions “excessive.”

Start and end times can be removed by schools, as well as restrictions on assemblies.

But the 94-page textbook will remain in place and schools will be subject to a red tape that does not apply to the rest of society – the wrath of campaigners on Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP ministers.

Once the classroom rule expires at the end of this month, older children will have to cover their faces in communal areas.

The one-way system for separating children – usually arranged by floor markings – is to stay.

Restrictions on school visitors are partially lifted, but parents are only allowed to visit if the “risk has been assessed and necessary and proportionately agreed in advance.”

This means that parental evening restrictions will remain in place. The guide says “alternative methods” should be used, along with “alternative digital and online methods”.

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Scottish Tory Shadow Children’s Minister Meghan Gallacher said: “After nearly two years of stagnation, schoolchildren want to return to normalcy.

“Some of the rest of the sanctions seem excessive.”

“Our children still have more restrictions than their English and Scottish adult counterparts,” said Ruth Harley, co-organizer of the parents’ campaign group Stand by Me Scotland.

Lorraine Fife, a parent whose early daughter is deaf, said: “Primary children with hearing loss still face teachers and teaching assistants who wear masks in class if they maintain a safe distance. Can’t keep



“The biggest problem is that adults still need to wear masks in communal areas. This is a big problem for children in areas like lunch halls where there is already noise.”

Joe Bassett of the parent campaign group UFTScotland said: “More ridiculous laws are imposed on children while the rest of society basically goes unchecked.”

The Scottish Government said: “We agree that measures should not be taken longer than necessary, and will continue to monitor data and evidence.”
chris.musson@the-sun.co.uk

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