School and early years COVID-19 updates

School and early years coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

17 February update

A phased return of pupils to schools and early years settings will start next week after the Scottish Government confirmed details on Tuesday 16 February.

The announcement means that from Monday 22 February early years and nursery pupils, P1 to P3 pupils and a limited number of senior phase pupils who need to finish practical assignments will be able to return to their schools. Support for children of key workers and vulnerable children in other years will continue.

All schools and nurseries will be following the latest advice from the Scottish Government on health guidance so they are safe for pupils and teaching staff.

Individual schools will contact parents in the coming days to update them on their own specific arrangements.

2 February update

On Tuesday 2 February, the First Minister announced plans for a phased return of school pupils from the week beginning 22 February subject to continued progress in suppressing the virus and final confirmation on Tuesday 16 February.

The plans are as follows:

  • Firstly a full time return of early learning and childcare for all children below school age
  • secondly, a full time return to school for pupils in primaries 1 - 3 and
  • thirdly, a part-time return, albeit on a limited basis, for senior phase pupils to allow in-school practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. Initially though, it is intended that there will be no more than around 5-8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for this.

We are currently reviewing our arrangements and will be updating this information as soon as we're able.

1 February update

Guidance for parents and carers

Monday 4 January

On Monday 4 January, the First Minister announced that mainland Scotland moves from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown on Tuesday 5 January. We are currently reviewing all our services and will be updating this information as soon as we're able.

The latest guidance from the Scottish Government is: "From 5 January to 29 January, schools can only open to in-person learning for children of key workers and vulnerable children, with remote learning for all other children and young people from 11 January to 29 January."

22 December update

Letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, to parents and carers

13 December update

Download letter from Interim Director of Public Health and Health Policy, Katie Dee, on changes to self isolation period

11 December update - school Christmas holidays

There are no changes to the school term dates.

Download the letter from Education Convener, Councillor Ian Perry on school Christmas holidays.

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.