Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that some children will be able to return to school after February half term, but said lockdown restrictions will not be lifted until March at the earliest.
Pupils in Primary One to Primary Three will return to school full time, as will all children under school age in early learning and childcare from Feb 22.
A “limited number” of secondary school students can also return on a part-time basis to allow in-school practical work, necessary for the completion of national qualifications, from the same date. Additionally, there will be a “limited increase in provision for vulnerable children”, the First Minister said.
However, a second phased return for school pupils would not begin any earlier that mid-March.
Ms Sturgeon also announced that she hopes to produce a new road map out of lockdown in week beginning Feb 22, as she warned that returning to “100 per cent normality” would not be possible in the near future.
Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order.
Rules were tightened further on Jan 16, with click-and-collect services being banned, apart from those which serve essentials, such as clothing, baby equipment and books.
In addition, takeaway food and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building and a ban has been placed on alcohol consumption in public in Level 4 areas, including those purchased at takeaway services.
New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work – the Chief Medicial Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note.