Extension of School COVID Safety Mitigations

Created on: 19 Oct 2021 | Last modified: 19 Oct 2021

The EIS has welcomed today’s announcement by the Scottish Government that current school Covid safety mitigations are to be retained following advice from senior clinicians.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS has argued for great caution in any easing of school mitigations, especially in light of continuing high levels of infection and the incomplete roll out of vaccinations for pupils."

"The priority is to keep schools open but as safe as possible, so this delay from the Scottish Government, with regard to easing mitigations, is welcome and will allow, also, more time for ventilation challenges to be met ahead of winter." 

Today's Scottish Government announcement means that pupils will continue to be required to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms as they return from the October break.

Secondary-aged pupils, and staff in primary and secondary schools, will also still require face coverings in communal areas or when moving around the building.