First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that a phased return of pupils to the classroom will begin in Scotland next week.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, she said that pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3 will return on Monday 22 February, along with pupils in the senior phases of secondary school. All children in early learning and childcare will also be allowed to return.
She added that Scotland’s stay at home lockdown would continue until “at least” the beginning of March but potentially for longer.
The reopening of schools in Scotland comes ahead of the return date proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in England. Mr Johnson is to announce a plan for the easing of lockdown measures next Monday, with schools and universities expected to reopen from 8 March.
In Wales, children from the ages of three to seven will return to the classroom on 22 February, as well as some children taking vocational qualifications.