Phased return

When will my primary aged child return to school?

A small number of our primary schools are operating a phased start at the beginning of the new academic session, in line with Scottish Government guidance. The priority is to bring children back safely and to establish good hygiene protocols in our larger schools. It also allows those schools to provide a transition experience for primary 1 children and young people who have not had their usual experiences moving from nursery to primary 1 at the end of last session.

Seven primary schools are introducing a phased start over 12, 13 and 14 August:

  • Cockenzie
  • Dunbar
  • Elphinstone
  • Law
  • Longniddry
  • Sanderson’s Wynd
  • Wallyford
  • Windygoul

These schools will share their specific arrangements directly with their families.

What are the arrangements for secondary schools’ returns?

The First Minister outlined in her statement to Parliament on Thursday 30 July, that there is flexibility to phase children and young people back to school. It was agreed that all East Lothian Secondary Schools will have a phased return to school, over the course of the 12, 13 and 14 August. All children and young people will be back in school full time from Monday 17 August.

The decision has been made to have a phased return in secondary schools for two main reasons:

  1. Ensuring the health and safety of all children and young people and staff – re-opening a large secondary school will require lots of new routines and protocols for staff and children and young people.  A phased return will allow each year group to have an induction which will explain new systems to children and young people and ensure they feel confident, secure and safe with the return to school.
  1. Supporting the wellbeing of all children and young people and staff – nurture principles are central in our re-opening plans.  We believe that a phased return with an induction, will offer us the opportunity to re-connect with our children and young people in a supportive and smaller scale setting. It is also important that our new S1 children and young people have the opportunity to have a transition experience.

Each secondary school has shared arrangements directly with their families on their plans for a phased return. If you are unsure, please contact your school directly for further details.

What are the arrangements for local authority nursery provision?

All local authority nurseries will resume from 17 August offering full day places on either Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday. A number will also offer alternative Friday mornings. Your nursery will send confirmation of your start date and time and include relevant information regarding the procedures that have been put in place, following the Scottish Government guidance.

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