Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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The First Minister:

Schools will remain open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children, and teachers will be part of that. We have already set out the steps that we have taken to improve the provision of online learning. We do not think that the job is done and that we have no more to do. That work will continue and will include the distribution of devices and the other steps that I have set out. We take that very seriously.

We are all concerned about the impact on education. That is why we want the period of school closure to be as short as possible. For understandable and legitimate reasons, and in the face of pressure that I do not criticise, we have been determined to keep schools open in recent months. I hope that nobody will doubt the Government’s determination to open schools again as quickly as we deem it safe to do so.