Updated Covid guidance info for HE families

The Scottish Government has replied to our query about what home educators are permitted to do in the current phase of the Covid restrictions.

A spokesperson said the government appreciates “that with the wider reopening of schools this week, there is demand for specific guidance for home educators at as early a stage as possible.”

She added: “The Scottish Government continue to ask home educating groups to follow the Coronavirus organised activities guidance.

This means “effective from 12 March, all children and young people aged up to 18 can participate in organised activities outdoors provided the group does not exceed 15 people, including up to 2 adult facilitators. This therefore enables groups of mixed ages to meet.

“Limited travel between local authority areas is also permitted for the specific purpose of home education. However, given the need to reduce household mixing indoors as far as possible, clinical advice for home educators is currently that indoor meetings are not permitted. There remains concern around the safety of allowing indoor contact in unregulated environments at present.”

She said the issue “continues to be kept under review, including whether it may be possible to develop specific guidance for home educating groups.”

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