Youngsters’ Christmas activities cancelled again as a result of covid

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Schools in Argyll and Bute cannot host their usual Christmas dances, fayres and nativities again this year, due to the latest NHS advice on the covid pandemic.

In a letter sent to parent and carers on November 22, Argyll and Bute Council’s executive director Douglas Hendry said: ‘The Education Service Covid Recovery Group has considered the current Scottish Government guidance to ensure we continue to put the wellbeing of our school communities and staff at the heart of all we do.

‘Given the current guidance, it is with regret that we are writing to let you know that schools will not be holding Christmas dances and nativities again this year. Schools may continue to hold in class Christmas activities within their bubble.

‘The question of outside performances, where parents were invited into school grounds to watch these performances, was also considered. The current Scottish Government advice is for parents to drop off their children at a safe and suitable distance from schools to avoid mass parent gatherings in school grounds.

‘Consequently, it would follow that parents should not be invited onto the school grounds to watch outside school shows during the day. Parents/carers are permitted into school where it is essential and appropriately risk assessed.

‘Whilst we understand this communication may be disappointing, these mitigations will continue to keep us all safe, well and learning.’