Full-time School Return


15th April 2021

Dundee families are being urged to keep supporting safety guidelines as pupils return to the classroom full-time after the Easter break on Monday April 19.

It is the first time since before the Christmas holiday that the vast majority of Dundee pupils will be back in school for lessons.

Following the return of nursery and primary children from February, secondary face-to-face teaching took place on a phased basis from mid-March to the holiday.

From Monday all pupils, apart from those who are shielding, will be back in class.

A senior councillor is asking everyone from Dundee’s nursey and school communities to exercise caution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep the return as safe as possible.

This includes:
• Families should observe 2 metre physical distancing while dropping off and picking up outside nursery or school, while they are also encouraged to wear face coverings
• Secondary pupils wearing a face covering while in school
• They should also wear a face covering if travelling by bus or visiting local shops

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families convener, said: “It has taken an enormous effort by all of our school staff to prepare for this full-time return and I would like to thank them all.

“This is a huge step forward for our secondary pupils and they will be excited to return to school full-time following long closures.

“Reopening demonstrates the progress that has been achieved and we must do all we can to protect that. We cannot be complacent.”

Councillor Hunter added: “Families continue to have a vital role to play by sticking to the rules when they are dropping off and picking up at any of our nursery, primary and secondary schools.

“We will be doing all we can to ensure that everyone can be as safe as possible in our nurseries and schools.”

Pupils on the shielding list will not return until April 26.

Meanwhile, lateral flow tests will be offered to secondary pupils and school staff.

The city council has a coronavirus information page for schools on its website

*The guidance on face coverings does not apply to those with exemptions.

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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