Parents BANNED from going to kids' nativity plays and told to watch on YouTube

By Sarah Ward & Matthew Dresch

Furious parents have been banned from watching their kids' nativity plays in-person, instead being told to view them on YouTube.

Falkirk Council has banned school events and trips in the run up to Christmas in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Daily Record reports.

However, one devastated mum has launched a petition against the decision to bar parents from the play at Kinnaird Primary School, in Larbert, near Falkirk, Scotland, on December 2.

Debbie Sneddon, whose son Cameron, five, is set to play a shepherd, said parents will miss 'precious memories' if they are not allowed to attend.

Almost 590 people have now signed her petition.

Debbie said: "I work in a dental practice, I'm double jabbed and I know all the protocols to follow.

One parent said mums and dads would miss out on 'precious memories' if they are not allowed to attend the plays (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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"Everyone I've spoke to said that they would be happy to wear a mask and the hall at Kinnaird is large enough to accommodate everyone safely.

"I was at the Scotland v South Africa rugby match in Murrayfield recently with 67,000 other people but I can't go to a school event?

"It's also a huge disappointment for all the children who have worked so hard.

"We didn't get to take our children into the classroom on their first day at school.

"Instead we had to leave them at the gate.

"I was lucky that Cameron was happy to go in but there were other children who were crying and their parents couldn't go in with them.

"We are missing so many precious memories."

A message from the school was sent out on Thursday saying: "The show must go on.

"Our P1 pupils and teachers are still hard at work perfecting their performances which will now be shared with you via YouTube video."

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council added: "Keeping our schools open is our top priority, and we must do all we can to try and limit the spread of Covid-19 in our school to help our communities remain as safe as possible over the festive period.

"Unfortunately, this means we have had to cancel in-person school events and trips in the run up to the Christmas holidays.

"This decision was not taken lightly, but having reviewed the current national guidance, and following discussions with Trade Unions, health and safety colleagues and senior officials across the council, it was felt the best and safest decision to take at this time."


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