Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has raised serious concerns about the lack of planning from the Scottish Government to prepare for the return of schools. She has said that, despite it being just over two weeks until pupils and teachers return to the classroom, local authorities still do not have vital resources and parents’ questions are going unanswered.
Jackie Baillie has called on the Scottish Government to provide support to local authorities who are trying to navigate a return to school without a government route map to guide them.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“It is completely unacceptable that parents, pupils and teachers in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute are still in the dark about when and how they should return to the classroom.
“Schools are due to open in just over two weeks. Yet local authorities still don’t actually have the resources that they need and guidance on risk reduction is still being written.
“The Scottish Government has never had a route map for the return of schools, and John Swinney still seems to be making guidance up as he goes along. The additional teachers that he announced today amount to less than half a staff member per school, and councils have two weeks to recruit them.
“John Swinney’s constant U-turns have meant that schools and local authorities have continually been forced to make and then scrap plans. The Scottish Government need to stop messing about and provide support, resources and answers now.”