SCHOOLS have now been under compulsory lockdown due to CV for two weeks and we are nearing the end of the first week of Easter, and the question is being asked, what next?

Now most people with the exception of those who are extremely selfish, are accepting the lockdown, the temporary interruption in work, and the new and very different lifestyle it brings with it. But still the question is; what’s next?

It seems likely that we will reach the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the next two to three weeks, and will need to hold our nerve/limit our movements for some time thereafter, but at some stage a phased reintroduction of more normal activities must follow.

And one good place to start may be with our schools.

Pupils, parents and teachers would probably be, on balance, relieved to begin to move towards this before the end of the summer term, providing the hand sanitisers missing from most classrooms last term are in place along with face masks for staff dealing with children who turn up for school with a cough or fever any day and have to be put in isolation while parents are contacted to collect them.

The Scottish Government will need to make clear to parents their responsibility in this.

As things stand pupils will have already lost a full terms work, missed important exams, and in some cases left school for the last time with no certainty of where they are going or what the future holds for them.

If it is safe to do so, a return to class third week in June for example would begin to at least enable the necessary discussions of where schools are and planning of a way forward to begin. It won’t be easy, but a brief return in June would at least allow the planning for our young people’s future to start.

It should be emphasised that the health and welfare of all school staff, teachers and ancillary workers who have direct contact with children must be taken fully into account as they, particularly those over the age of 50, are much more vulnerable to the virus than their pupils.

It is now time to start thinking these issues through.

Milo

Via email

I SEE there’s no social distancing when it comes to walking along the Clyde Walkway along the banks of the River Clyde.

I was furious after taking my daily exercise and practically being run over by cyclists and pushed out of the way by joggers.

Do people not listed to guidelines from the Scottish Government on social distancing?

I think I will just stick to walking to the end of my street and back for my exercise.

CM

Charing Cross

I READ your article about the nurse having to work agency to make a decent

wage.

I’ve been a staff nurse for 33 years, trained by the NHS and worked in the NHS . At the moment I work fulltime agency mainly in the care homes around Glasgow.

It’s not new that newly-qualified nurses earn a pittance and it’s not new that your lucky to get a toilet break on a 12-hour shift.

Most agencies don’t pay any where near £25-35 an hour – it’s only the Guild.

All nurses are working in a dangerous environment, whether that’s in a ward or a care home. I need to say that the article angered me, all nurses are in the same position but we all have the capacity to earn a good living wage

Louise Miller

Via email

EVEN in the midst of all this, essential frontline staff are being treated like c*** (Glasgow NHS staff paid just £9.50 an hour to transport dead bodies and clean beds, Wednesday).

If anyone thinks a new found respect will emerge when this is all over, think again.

Brian Hendrie

Posted online

THE city must have more artist impressions than any other British city and the truth is it’s a building site in need of a good clean (These new images reveal how a planned extension to Buchanan Galleries could look, Wednesday).

George Walker

Posted online

CAN’T we upgrade Sauchiehall Street first.

It’s in a shocking state just

now.

John Cassidy

Posted online

I REALLY do fear for the future for streets like Sauchiehall Street.

I wonder how many of the retailers will actually reopen after the country emerges from the lockdown.

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I WANT to pay tribute to the supermarket staff who are working away with a smile on their face. They really deserve a bonus when this is all over.

SW

Glasgow