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Education / ‘Soft start’ planned for return to school in AugustEducation and families committee chairman George Smith concedes there is ‘still so much uncertainty’ for officials and staff
Coronavirus / Outdoor wedding ceremonies with limited guests now allowed
Updated Scalloway cafe given go-ahead to serve alcohol outdoors
Council / Opportunity for SIC to ‘build back better’ as isles move out of lockdown, councillors hear
Council / Town hall to welcome some councillors as meetings take ‘hybrid’ form
Transport / Card and contactless payments to be introduced on ferries
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Council / SIC may need to make ‘difficult decisions’ to maintain financial balance
Energy / Oil companies keen to cut emissions but are non-committal on energy hub
Updated Wind farm compound gets planning approval
Education / SIC to submit plan for reopening schoolsTransport a major factor in planning for return of schools, says education and families committee chairman George Smith
Community / Local phone support line set up for health and care workers during Covid-19 pandemic
Council / More home working a possibility for council
Council / Councillor disappointed SIC did not get to see lockdown exit proposals at ‘earliest opportunity’
Council / SIC looking to push UK and Scottish governments on islands deal decision
Council / Dump expected to reopen at start of June
Council / SIC awaiting guidance on whether dump can reopen
Coronavirus / SIC secures funding to help families access food
Coronavirus / SIC leader welcomes assurances over local government funding
Education / Over 40 minutes to upload work – broadband speeds hamper online learning for children in rural areas
Council / SIC chief stresses need for ‘world class’ connectivity as staff work from home
Business / More than £4m approved for local businesses through coronavirus support fund
Transport / Bookings reminder made as council looks to stop empty ferry sailings
Council / SIC leader praises coronavirus response as warning made over ‘new normal’ post-lockdown
Education / Final decision on legal status of new college rests with government minister, council saysCouncillors due to meet remotely on Wednesday in what will be the first meeting since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced
Education / Help could be at hand for parents worried about access to online learning
Coronavirus / Isles well placed to be case study for mass Covid-19 testing, says councillor
Education / Council focusing on distance learning as school shutdown continues
Business / Grant funding of over £1.8m approved for local businesses so far through coronavirus scheme
Coronavirus / Taxi passengers to be asked if their journey is essential
Education / Expanded early learning deadline removed due to virus pandemicChairman of Shetland Islands Council’s education and families committee George Smith said the council was in a ‘fairly strong position’ already
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