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Teachers at Park Primary School in Invergordon assess post-lockdown return to classrooms

By Hector MacKenzie

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PARENTS of pupils at an Invergordon Primary School devastated by a fire earlier this year will be kept abreast of plans on the post-lockdown return to the classroom, they have been promised.

The fire rocked the tight knit community and prompted generous offers of support from across the Highlands.

In its aftermath, pupils were accommodated in spare classrooms at Invergordon Academy and at South Lodge Primary in the town.

A number of teacgers were able to return to Invergordon Academy last week to begin completing risk assessments for the return to school for staff and pupils, currently planned for August.

While it's understood there will be there will be further consultation between Highland Council abd Park Primary's parent council regarding longer term plans for the school, pupils will initially be located at Invergordon Academy.

Parents have been told via the school's Facebook information page that initial efforts for the immediate future will be to identify classrooms and spaces large enough to maximise the number of children that can be accommodated at any one time. They have been told it will be impossible to have all children in school at the same time.

Teachers will be attempting to determine how many children can be in class by measuring classrooms to allow for two-metre social distancing.

That will allow them to determine group sizes and a rota for attendance.

The school said: "Our plan is that teachers will continue with the class that they have. We believe that this will ease transition and reassure children about their return to school."

It added: "We have asked parent representatives to gather questions from parents and plan to provide a frequently asked questions information sheet as soon as we are in a position to do so."

The school has communicated through the Seesaw platform to share contact details for parent representatives. Questions passed to them will then be relayed to the school's management team.

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