Do children and young people have to wear school uniform?
Whilst we are encouraging all of our children and young people to wear uniform, we recognise that this may not always be possible for a variety of reasons. Our schools will be flexible in their approach.
School clothing grants are available as normal.
How are schools managing their clothing banks
Some schools have processes in place to manage the uniform rail via the office staff. Donations are quarantined and washed. Requests can be sent in by email and a member of staff send uniform home via the pupil as parents cannot come into school to browse the rail at the moment. Each school will have its own arrangements so please email your school office.
What arrangements are in place for families who may struggle to afford cold weather clothing?
As well as school clothing grants, many of our local area partnership and community bodies have arrangements in place. This includes Fa'side, Preston, Seton, Gosford, and Haddington and Lammermuir area. To find out about more support in your area email our Connected Communities team and they will forward your enquiry to the relevant area.
How will children and young people with additional support needs be supported if they cannot manage to physical distance?
For some children with additional support needs, it is acknowledged that physical distancing from staff will not be possible, e.g. if they require intimate personal care or be unable to understand the need for physical distancing. Children and young people who are unable to physically distance should stay within the same group with consistent staff as much as possible. Guidance indicates that the role of children in transmission has been shown to be limited, both between children and from children to adults, therefore there is reduced risk from closer contact over short periods. However, if staff need to be in close contact for more than 15 minutes, then the use of face coverings or appropriate PPE should be considered. The risks of not being able to maintain physical distancing will be assessed and discussed with the child's parents and relevant staff members.
Will schools be able to provide medication to children that need it during the school day while observing physical distancing?
Medication will generally be administered as normal. Closer contact for small amounts of time (under 15 minutes) is considered low risk in respect of transmission of the virus. Schools will follow advice from NHS Lothian regarding some procedures that should not be undertaken in school.
Will children’s temperatures be taken before they enter school?
Guidance from the Scottish Government is that parents, carers and school settings do not need to take children's temperatures every morning.
Some children with additional support needs may not be able to be aware of experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19; for these children, it may, depending on individual circumstances, be desirable to offer temperature checks. This will be discussed with the child's parent/carer and these children will be supported to understand the benefits of temperature checks through social stories.
My child is worrying about being back in school – how can I help them?
It's understandable that your child may have been worried about going back to school or a nursery setting after spending so much time with you at home. This is normal, and our schools and ELC settings expected it ad have done all they can to help children settle back into school and the new routines.
Talking to your child about how they're feeling about being in school or their ELC setting is really important. Calm reassurance from adults is important. Let them know you can listen to any worries to help solve them but also make sure you emphasise positive aspects of being back in class. If your child is still feeling worried or if you have any concerns or wish to provide information about your child's experiences of lockdown, please discuss this with their teachers or ELC staff at their setting, who will wish to know of any particular concerns and be able to provide further advice and support.