Schools across Scotland reopened this week in what is being regarded as a major step back towards normality during the Covid-19 crisis.
Children 1st has set up a new service called Parentline to help anxious parents and carers concerned about children being back in school. But what do Gatehouse parents think?
Sara-leigh Cain’s younger daughter Poppy is an S5 pupil at the academy. She said: “I think it’s good the kids are getting back to some kind on normality.
“I’m satisfied the school will have all the proper health procedures so the young people won’t have much to fear.
“Through my youth work I know that some of them are worried about all they are going to have to cope with.
“They are going back to somewhere there’s a lot of people around and they don’t have social distancing any more.”
“But they’ll be fine and just do things at their own pace.”
Stephanie and Francois Van der Zee have two daughters at Kirkcudbright High School, Chane and Clarice. Stephanie said: “We are happy for our children to be going back to school as this is extremely important for our youth.
“However, it is important that all the parents, students, council and school work together and maintain discipline and keep everyone safe and healthy.”
Manue Prieu’s daughters Emilie and Chloe attend Kirkcudbright Academy. Asked if she was glad they have returned, Manue said: “Yes and no. Yes, because of the social aspect and it’s good for them getting back in the classroom.
“No because the virus is still there and that’s a worry.”
Zoe Dickie’s son Max attends Gatehouse Primary School.
Zoe said: “I’m glad there’s normality and proper lessons again. Back in March I thought I could not cope without school.
“But soon I got him into a routine from 9.30am with half an hour learning then a wee break.”