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Phased return to school for local pupils

By Jean Gunn

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More school pupils in Caithness were able to make their return to school today in the latest phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.

For many it was the first time back at school since before Christmas. Children in primaries four to seven throughout the county were able to join their younger classmates who went back to school on February 22.

High school students began a phased return in groupings with third year pupils in Wick going back this week, S2 next week and S1 the following week with each expected to attend one full day in school during the phased return period.

Years four to six will attend in groupings for four full days during the next three weeks. Many will continue to do some learning at home until after Easter, when it is expected that all pupils will return to school full time.

Pupils will have to wear masks and observe distancing rules in classrooms.

Staff and senior pupils will be encouraged to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests which are being made available on a voluntary basis.

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