North pupils set to return to classroom on Monday
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PUPILS in the far north and elsewhere in the Highlands will be heading back to school next week.
The Scottish Government said the majority of pupils will return full-time to in-learning education after the Easter break, except those who are shielding.
Pupils who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until April 26 with all others in Highland returning to school on April 19.
The Government has confirmed the removal of two-metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools. However, face coverings and other safety measures will remain in place and pupils should bring a face covering with them to school.
It has also been confirmed that two-metre distancing will be removed on school transport although pupils must still maintain distancing from any other person on board the vehicle. Parents and pupils can find the council’s updated school transport protocol on the council website.
John Finlayson, the chairman of the education committee, said: "A huge amount of work has been ongoing in educational settings across Highland to prepare for the return to school and the return to face to face learning for pupils at all stages. I am pleased that after the Easter holiday period our schools will have nearly have all of our pupils back full time which I know will be widely welcomed by pupils, parents and school staff across all parts of the Highlands."
He said further information on the return to in-school learning for pupils on the shielding list will be made available when further national guidance has been received.