Residents living around one of Fife’s biggest schools have raised concerns over large gatherings of school children in public areas during break times.
Groups of pupils have been reported outside the grounds at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes and at nearby shops, triggering concern from local community leaders.
Alex Thomson, secretary of Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association, said the group had received numerous calls from residents anxious about the lack of social distancing.
She said: “Numerous residents have contacted us expressing genuine concerns regarding the lack of social distancing and the lack of face masks and coverings being worn amongst many teenagers coming from the school during the daytime.
“Given the vulnerability of older residents, who say they feel unsafe, there is concern that the responsibilities regarding how high school pupils conduct themselves is not being reinforced by the school.
“Everyone, and that includes teenagers, has a responsibility to continue to keep themselves and others safe and I think that message just isn’t being reinforced.”
A spokesperson for Fife Council said the parents and guardians of every child returning to education had been sent details of directives issued by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland that applied to schools across Fife.
In a letter, Carrie Lindsay – the local authority’s executive director of education and children’s services – told parents: “In these uncertain and highly unusual times there are a range of views about what schools should or shouldn’t be doing.
“Please be reassured that we are following the national guidance, based on scientific and public health advice, and our staff have the best interests of our children and young people firmly at the front on their minds.”
Head of education and children’s services Shelagh McLean added: “We are following Public Health advice and talking to our colleagues in NHS Fife about any actions required regarding Covid-19.
“With their direction, we will take any appropriate action relating to Test and Protect and confirmed cases or contacts linked to one of our schools.”