Purpose of this guidance
1. This guidance has been issued in response to the First Minster’s announcement of 19 December 2020 and updated following her statement to Parliament on 4 January 2021. It is intended to provide clarity on arrangements for school education at the start of term in January 2021. The arrangements set out in this guidance are currently expected to be in place until at least 1 February, subject to a further review in mid-January.
2. This guidance, therefore, supplements the existing Coronavirus: reducing risks in schools guidance specifically to support schools and local authorities over the period from 21 December 2020 until 1 February 2021. All aspects of the existing guidance and accompanying mitigations continue to apply while schools are open.