Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon challenged on the ban on parents to attend graduation in nursery
She rejected several calls from opposition PSMs to reconsider restrictions on events for kindergarten leavers and said the government advisory group on education had warned against holding them.
Following Ms Sturgeon’s statement to Holyrood on the coronavirus restrictions, Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar, Deputy Leader Jackie Baillie and Scottish Tory MP Meghan Gallacher all called on her on the matter .
The Prime Minister said there are “rational reasons for what seems contradictory”, in light of the fact that the Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone is allowed to take place with thousands of fans but the nurseries cannot organize events for leavers and their parents.
She suggested that the cases identified in nurseries and schools could be particularly disruptive, with children and teachers having to isolate themselves, and said she had examined the issue of graduation ceremonies “closely” during the course. from last week.
“I absolutely recognize how important this issue is and I really, really, really feel for parents who are not able to make a transition in a young person’s life in a normal way,” she said. .
Explaining how she asked the Education Advisory Group if the restrictions could be lifted, Ms Sturgeon continued: “Their advice is always to restrict gatherings of this nature and – that’s not the only reason – but the one of the reasons concerns the protection action for all educational establishments, in an attempt to minimize the risk of closing entire nurseries or early childhood establishments.
“But we are looking at these things on an ongoing basis.”
Ms Baillie spoke of the seemingly divisive situation of allowing the fan zone to host thousands of potentially untested supporters in Glasgow when parents cannot attend graduation parties and said: ‘The lack of logic and consistency in the application of the rules is a source of confusion and upheaval.
“I hear the Prime Minister say that the guidelines have been revised, but maybe we could consider inviting parents to get tested before going to one of these events?
“And will she commit to publishing the evidence that informs any decision to restrict access to kindergarten graduation and school sports days?”
Ms Sturgeon responded, “I care deeply about all of this and very few things are more upsetting for parents than missing a milestone in a child’s life and we all understand that.
“We are trying to get back to normal as much as possible and we will continue to do so, but we have to do it according to the advice.”