A PRIVATE school has pledged to reopen full-time lessons while state schools plan a phased return.

All schools are expected to go back from August 11, with state schools running a "blended learning" model of part time in-class teaching and remote learning.

Families are waiting to find out exactly what that means for them.

Councils are considering a range of options to make this happen, including bringing groups of children in at different times and creating temporary classrooms in community centres.

Education Secretary John Swinney has said that will go on "as long as required but not a moment longer".

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But parents at fee-paying Lomond School in Helensburgh have been told they can send their children back full-time from the first day.

It says it has social distancing will be maintained, with "extra precautions" taken to protect pupils and staff.


Uniforms will be ditched in favour of "PE-type" casual clothing that must be washed daily and movement between classrooms will be limited.

Designated entryways will be allocated to different year groups and outdoor spaces will be used "as much as possible".

Lessons will use less paper and textbooks will no longer be shared. The mixing of children in different year groups will be limited.

The school's boarding house will also open that month and open 14-day quarantine services for overseas pupils once flights resume.

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Johanna Urquhart, principal of Lomond School, said: “As a small school, we are fortunate that our class sizes, flexible facilities and high staff-to-pupil ratios enable us to take precautions which allow our primary and secondary pupils to return to school full-time.


“Ahead of August, we will continue to review plans in line with the most up-to-date Government advice and prepare for our children to return in the safest manner possible.

“We are very much looking forward to opening our doors again and getting back to some form of normality. However, the lessons we have learned from delivering our curriculum on a digital platform will not be lost and we will continue to embed an enquiry-based approach within our teaching.”