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Belt and braces at Grantown Grammar School over Covid-19


By Gavin Musgrove

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The headteacher at Grantown Grammar School has said they are taking a 'belt and braces' to protect pupils and staff against coronavirus.

Claire McGonigal (left) with Education Secretary John Swinney at an education conference.
Claire McGonigal (left) with Education Secretary John Swinney at an education conference.

Claire McGonigal was commenting after the school made it compulsory for masks to be worn in the corridors and canteen from today – the areas which are most congested.

She explained: "This is a school decision rather than Highland Council. We’ve been watching how pupils and staff move round the school and have noticed that the corridors can become quite crowded in between classes.

"The queue for the canteen is also a time where pupils can be very close to each other.

"We have decided to go with a ‘belt and braces’ approach at these times to protect both staff who can’t stay at two metres distance and also all pupils at these congested and busy times.

"Pupils don’t need to wear face masks in classes as they are all facing forwards, staff can stay at two metres distance and desks are wiped down before each lesson.

"We are constantly reviewing our Covid-19 measures in order to keep our school and local community as safe as possible. "

Ms McGonigal continued: "At the same time, I am really pleased with how well the pupils and staff are getting on with the ‘new normal’ and organising school life with the current restrictions.

"Our new S6 pupils have come up with a very creative solution to the fact that we can’t hold a Welcome Disco for our new S1 pupils.

"We are going to have a ‘Welcome Friday’ with a themed dress down day, decorations and music played through the tannoy.

"This year’s school show is currently auditioning, although not quite sure when we can perform it yet and our Outdoor Education programme starts again on Thursday.

"Creativity, innovation, health and safety together with the recovery of learning are the key messages from Grantown Grammar this year."



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