Nicola Sturgeon challenged over ban on parents attending nursery graduations - your views online

"So parents that see each other on a daily basis on the school run/nursery run can't celebrate their children's successes; however, I can go to the fan zone or Euros and meet complete strangers and celebrate with them?”

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 7:00 am

Covid nursery ban

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over ban on parents attending nursery graduations

Jenny Mollison

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Covid cases in Scotland have risen by one fifth in the past week due to the faster transmission rate of the delta variant. This is why we still have restrictions, sad but true. The delta variant isn't knocked on the head by the first dose of vaccine - good protection doesn't happen until after the second dose, so probably another eight weeks to wait. If you want to look forward to a normal Christmas, now is the time to put up with the continuing restrictions as the scientists weigh up the various options. Boring but no options.

Sylvia Mckellar

Absolute nonsense. This whole thing lacks logic now. Poor kids have handled this so well but enough is enough. We can't continue to live with restrictions much longer. If vaccinations are the key then why aren't they doing them 24/7?

Ken Johnston

You would find that parents at school gatherings would be more distancing than people in pubs, football gatherings etc. This is purely a ploy for president Sturgeon to capture votes from the majority - football fans far outnumber parents who want to watch their kids’ school successes.

Ian Freestone

It's all BS. There are rational reasons apparently according to her.....go on then, tell people the reasons! Can't attend nursery graduations outside, kids sports days outside......what an absolute farce. Just admit you've got it wrong and people might actually have a bit of respect for you.

Jill Malcolm

So parents that see each other on a daily basis due to the school run/nursery run can't celebrate in any way, their children's successes? However, I can go to the fan zone or the actual Euros and meet complete strangers, and celebrate with them? That isn't backwards at all!

Louise Webster

Most nurseries have big gardens that could be used safely for parents to attend graduation. I have a son leaving nursery and my other son leaving primary school - gutted I can't go to their graduations.

Josie Mitchell

Positive cases in both schools and nurseries are again on the rise. I know as I work in a nursery and have a lot of nursery and school teacher friends across Edinburgh and beyond. This is not only an Edinburgh-wide issue, I’m sure, so at this moment I don't think attending graduation or sports day is a good idea. Its very sad but true.

John Keating

Can we not just hold the graduation ceremonies in pubs or in the Euro fan zone? Kids could get crisps and juice and the parents can get well bevied, bit of fighting, trip to the A&E. Good day for all, really.

Elizabeth McArthur

Guess we should never use the words logic/consistency/ and SNP in the same sentence!

Lizz Rennie

It's the Education Advisory Board that have advised against it. It would also not matter what part of the UK you live in. Exactly the same rules are in place for school events in England and Wales and N Ireland.

Karen Todd

Sports day graduations been been missed by parents, but she will allow football fans in and watch the numbers go up after. We have to live with this at some point but I am sure not going to miss my daughter’s graduation next year. One rule for football, one for schools - it’s all a joke now.

Angela Mcdermott

Families are not high on the NS agenda. She’s proved that time and time again over her handling of the pandemic.

Caitlin Smart

As is always the way with her and her government, children and families are at the bottom. She only cares about pandering to her football-supporting voters. Sad reflection on Scottish culture and society.

Medical cannabis

A Scottish teenager begs Nicola Sturgeon to back his disabled brother’s cannabis treatment

Linsay Arthur

Terrible that anyone has to beg for life-saving treatment! It’s a plant! Everyone should be able to use it.

Michael Gordon

We grow it and produce the stuff in Scotland and pack it abroad, so it should be available here for this lad and anyone else who needs it, eh.

Scott Robertson

In this day and age there should be a way that it can be prescribed to people who need it medically.

James Melvin

Shameful that this lad has had to do this to highlight this issue. Even more shameful on the government to not provide those meds.