The Education Minister’s announcement of 23 June indicates the aim to open schools full-time in August should circumstances allow. As always we will be guided by the Scottish Government in our approach to re-opening our schools. A full return is contingent on the virus being suppressed and that the outcomes we are working towards are based on the blended approach which remains the national approach at present. We will continue to keep parents and carers advised as best we can as and when circumstances change
Each local authority has been asked to produce a Local Delivery Phasing Plan which provides clear information and support for schools for planning return and reopening on 12 August 2020. This is a live document which will be updated to reflect the most up to date Scottish Government guidance.
More details can be found in the Local Delivery Phasing Plan (LDPP) below;
More information can be found below in our Frequently Asked Questions.
School specific information will be issued directly by schools to parents and carers as soon as it is available.
Online learning support
An online learning support hub has been set up with different portals for pupils, parents/guardians and teachers. Pupils will be able to access the curriculum.
Pupils with no broadband access at home will be given a laptop along with a wifi connection device. Schools are organising provision for affected pupils, which is being made possible thanks to support from BT.
Free school meals
Supermarket vouchers are to be given to parents or guardians of pupils eligible for free school meals so they do not have to make a journey into schools.
The scheme will mean vouchers to the value of £25 for each child will be issued for a 10-day period, the value per day being higher than the current price of a school meal. Vouchers will be issued fortnightly, also covering the summer holiday period.
Vouchers will be emailed to parents or guardians who have provided an email address to their school and by text message where only a mobile telephone number is held. Any eligible parents or guardians who do not have access to email or a mobile phone should phone the Virtual School Helpline for help on 01224 523322.
During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) School Closures, parents/carers of P1 to P3 pupils who are in receipt of the qualifying benefits for free school meals are requested to apply for free school meals in order to receive meal vouchers. When schools return, all P1 to P3 pupils will resume their automatic entitlement.
A school helpline has been established to support children and families in need of assistance. The number is 01224 523322 and is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.