The education secretary said getting students home to their families at Christmas is 'at the heart of our thinking'.
Scottish Government acknowledged there remains a risk of further disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The SQA plans to run a full diet of exams next spring but is preparing contingencies, John Swinney said.
Scottish pupils have mostly returned to full-time education - except at schools where coronavirus cases crop up.
Nicola Sturgeon said there is a 'possibility' guidance will change amid a number of cases among students.
Erin Bleakley, 17, held a protest at Glasgow's George Square on Friday over the SQA's controversial moderation process.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will update MSPs on schools as well as any further changes to lockdown.
The £10,000 payouts have been given to those who were abused in care before 2004, with more than £4m spent.
Report says a quarter of the workforce could have lower skills by the mid-2030s if schools do not reopen.
He said secondary schools should take 'practical' steps to enable distancing 'wherever possible'.
John Swinney said childcare and early learning services should be fully up and running by August 11.
Group advising Scottish Government says no social distancing is required between pupils.
The EIS said measures like masks and perspex screens in schools should be considered.
The education secretary will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.
The Scottish Government has faced criticism over its plans for 'blended learning' when pupils return.
The FM said proposals for at-school and at-home learning will not last 'a single second longer than necessary'.
The initiative aims to bring registered teachers back into the profession.
Councils will also look at using community buildings and vacant office space as temporary school sites.
Education secretary John Swinney says he is 'wrestling' with the issues amid plans for a phased return to schools in August.
A charity has warned that delays in building an effective system in Scotland 'could cost lives'.