School arrangements

22 November update

Letter for parents at Ferryhill Primary School on a confirmed case of COVID-19

Message from Stewart Crabb, headteacher and NHS Lothian

We are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete.

These contacts will need to self isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given.

If you have not been contacted directly to tell you your child is a close contact, then your child should attend school as normal.

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open.

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot  or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

Please note that a test should only ever be booked if you or your child has these specifics symptoms.

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked Questions document useful :

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

Best wishes,

Stewart Crabb

21 November update

Letter for parents at Queensferry Primary School on the confirmed case of COVID-19

Message from Karen MacGregor, headteacher and NHS Lothian

As you may already know, we are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete.

These contacts will need to self isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given.

If you have not been contacted directly to tell you your child is a close contact, then your child should attend school as normal.

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open.

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot  or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

Please note that a test should only ever be booked if you or your child has these specifics symptoms.

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked Questions document useful :

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

Best wishes,

Karen MacGregor

20 November update

Download the letter for parents at St Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School on the confirmed COVID-19 case (PDF)

13 November update

From last week we began the reintroduction of extra-curricular activities in some our schools including rugby, basketball, running, chess and reading clubs.  In these cases school staff are responsible for making sure all risks have been covered.  We will introduce more extra-curricular activities over the course of this term, including those led by parents and volunteers, as long as factors such as the R number and Tier suggest that it is safe to do so.   

Informal sporting activity, such as football training on a Saturday, associated with a school but organised entirely by parents/volunteers and taking place out with school premises is not regarded as Extra-Curricular Activity and is not covered by this guidance. Organisers of this informal activity may wish to consult Sports Scotland guidance on Recreational sport for U18s to establish their roles and responsibilities as volunteers operating independently of the Council. 

If your school can offer any extra-curricular activities they will let parents and carers know in the usual way. As teachers are key workers they are under huge pressure to keep schools open. We hope that everyone understands this, as it means that that they might not be able to offer the normal range of clubs for some time.

6 November update

Frequently asked questions and answers on wearing of face coverings.

5 November update

At the Consultative Committee with Parents on 8 October 2020 an update on the Communities and Families Learning Estate Capital Projects was requested.

View the Learning Estates Capital Projects document which details our ongoing projects with information as to what stage they are currently at and expected completion dates where available. It includes extensions, refurbishments and new builds for early years settings, primary, secondary and special schools.

29 October update

Frequently Asked Question and Answers on extra-curricular activities

8 October update

Read letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, to parents and carers.

24 September update

Read music provision in schools update

2 September update

Read NHS Lothian FAQs on COVID-19 for schools. This includes details on:

  • symptoms
  • close contacts
  • physical distancing
  • positive cases.

31 August update

Updated FAQs on the wearing of face coverings in schools.

11 August update

Our schools and early years settings are open from 12 August with pupils returning on a phased basis.

Read our delivery plan which includes information about physical distancing, cleaning and adapting to new arrangements. 

5 August update

Letter from Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families, about the phased return of pupils to school next week.

The Consultative Committee with parents on Monday 3 August 2020 discussed the phased reopening of schools. Download the minutes from the meeting.

Updated FAQS on Getting to school and physical distancing

24 July update

Read updated FAQS on returning to school including

  • cleaning
  • physical distancing
  • school transport
  • youth work
  • after school and breakfast clubs
  • children with additional support needs.

14 July update

You can read the questions and answers about schools reopening from the recent Consultative Committee with Parents (CCWP).

10 July update

All pupils will be returning to school on Wednesday 12 August in line with the current Scottish Government advice.

Below are a series of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding the 100% return of pupils next month.

If the Scottish Government guidance changes before 12 August then you can read about our contingency arrangements at the bottom of this page.

We will continue to keep parents and parents updated over the summer with any developments.

Arrangements for reopening of schools including

  • when schools will reopen
  • attendance model
  • contingency plans
  • arrangements for school meals

Cleaning, protective measures and infection control including

  • cleaning to support 100% attendance
  • use of face masks
  • hand washing
  • Coronavirus testing, self-isolating and shielding

The curriculum including

  • health and wellbeing
  • digital devices
  • outdoor learning
  • SQA exams

Getting to school and physical distancing including

  • staggered start/collection times
  • safer routes to schools
  • parents and carers – play grounds and in school buildings

Childcare and support for children, young people and families including

  • support for children with additional needs
  • children with Child Plans
  • refunds for school trips and lunches/meals
  • starting P1

Support for staff including

  • extra funding
  • other professionals such as speech therapists/councillors using schools
  • training to support mental health
  • managing teacher shortages

Contingency arrangements

All pupils will return to school full-time on Wednesday 12 August 2020, a week earlier than planned and will finish on 25 June 2021.

We will continue to work over the Summer to prepare for the full-return and are following national guidance on any physical distancing measures and hygiene regimes to keep our children and staff safe.

We understand that we need to be flexible and should there be any reason to return to lockdown restrictions, we have a contingency plan. This plan details the blended model of in-home and in-school learning we can provide if we need reduce numbers of pupils in classrooms. You can view our contingency plan here

We will provide regular updates to parents and carers over the summer holidays before pupils return in August. Below are the Frequently Asked Questions on the contingency plan which we will keep updating as appropriate.

We will let you know arrangements for early years as soon as we can.

Childcare

The Scottish Government proposes childcare facilities will reopen during phase 3 of the national recovery plan which should be in place before schools return. Our partner organisations are making their own plans to reopen when it is safe. We are working to make sure wraparound care services, such as breakfast and after school clubs, are open as soon as possible and we will work creatively with partners to do all we can to help.

Find out more about contingency arrangements

Childcare and support for children, young people and families including

  • support for children with additional needs
  • wraparound care
  • support for young people with Child Plans
  • starting nursery, P1 or P7

Cleaning, protective measures and infection control including

  • pupils’ safety
  • cleaning schools
  • testing for staff, pupils and transport people
  • when to isolate

Curriculum and blended learning including

  • blended learning
  • support for home learning
  • outdoor learning
  • PE classes
  • forward work plans

Getting to school and physical distancing including

  • desk spacing
  • children with additional support needs
  • safer routes to schools

Arrangement for re-opening schools including

  • when will schools reopen?
  • using other buildings
  • school meals
  • arrangements for special schools
  • teaching time in schools

Support for staff including

  • support for learning
  • additional cleaning
  • extra funding
  • Parent Councils
  • Other professionals such as speech therapists or councillors using schools