Return of Pupils Welcomed


3rd March 2021

Dundee City Council's children and families convener is welcoming the First Minister's announcement that all primary children could be back in the classroom on March 15, with a phased return of secondary pupils from that date.

P4-7 children would go back to school from March 15, and all secondary pupils will receive part-time face-to-face teaching before the Easter holidays.

Councillor Stewart Hunter said: "This is great news and we want this return to go ahead from March 15.

"Schools will be in touch with families as soon as they can to confirm details.

"We have been given flexibility about how the phased return and blended learning will work for secondary pupils and we will be working hard to make sure our schools are safe for everyone.

"Our pupils who have been learning at home since the start of term will be delighted to get back to the classroom.

"This announcement is a big step forward. However, I would urge everyone to keep sticking to the rules so that the number of cases continues to decline.

"We all have an important role to play."

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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