Return to school after Summer 2021

Schools will work with their pupils and parents to explain all of the necessary measures that have been put in place to ensure that learning can continue. This is to make sure that we all play our part in reducing the potential for community transmission of Covid-19.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the guidance that was in place before the end of the summer term will remain when schools return in August. This means:

  • Secondary pupils no longer need to maintain 2m social distancing in school buildings
  • Staff/ adults must continue to maintain 2m distancing
  • Face coverings must still be worn within secondary school buildings (all pupils and staff unless medically exempt) 

Read the Scottish Government guidance

Cases in school holidays

Although schools are now closed, the Education service in East Lothian is continuing its joint work with Health Protection Scotland to support the contact tracing process. Parents and carers will continue to receive communication from the Education service in the same way as they did during term time for those cases which relate to attendance at school during end of term. We also ask that parents do not send children to school in August if they are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 and isolate while awaiting a test result.


We also ask that all parents/carers avoid congregating outwith our school buildings and continue to follow FACTS guidance.
F - wear a face covering
A - avoid crowds
C - clean your hands
T - keep a 2m distance from others
S - self-isolate and book a test if you show symptoms of Covid-19.

Home to school transport

Schools and transport providers have previously shared arrangements directly with families who use this service. 

Face coverings are essential for all age groups and must be worn at all times in the journey unless a medical exemption exists.

Transport providers reserve the right to withhold travel from any pupil not adhering to this requirement.