Pupils in Falkirk will not return to the classroom full-time until almost two weeks into the new term.
Falkirk Council said there will be a “phased return” during the first two weeks of term from August 12–21.
All pupils will return full-time from August 24, the authority’s emergency executive agreed at a meeting on Tuesday.
The Scottish Government aims to have children back in school full-time from August 11 and hopes to make a final decision by July 30, with blended learning remaining a contingency plan if Covid-19 is not sufficiently suppressed.
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, chairman of Falkirk Council’s emergency executive, said: “Reopening our schools fully is one of our highest priorities in our response to the Covid-19 situation.
“We’re grateful to parents, carers and families for their patience as we follow the progress of the national recovery plans in Scotland.
“We know it has been a tough time for everyone. However, returning to a degree of normality is really important and this is a significant step forward.”
The council agreed that all early learning establishments will reopen from August 12.
Asked about the decision at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “As I understand the Falkirk situation, it’s about taking a few days at the start of the term to ease children who wouldn’t have been at school for four months into it in a particular way rather than going back to full-time education right at the outset.
“But that’s not a step away from the aspiration of full-time education.
“But all of these issues will continue to be fully considered and it’s important over the summer that parents are kept fully updated too.”