Schools and learning
Update for parents on reopening of schools from August
Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Education, wrote to parents and carers on 31 July to provide an update on the reopening of schools from August. 10 and 11 August are in-service days and our staff will be spending time in school on those days ensuring everything is in place, ready to welcome children and young people back from Wednesday, 12 August. Whilst the First Minister has indicated that there will be some flexibility in place in order to phase children back, the Scottish Government expectation is that all children and young people must be back in school by 18 August. Schools are in the process of writing to parents and carers to confirm the specific arrangements for their schools. Read the Chief Operating Officer's letter.
Meanwhile, the Children's Parliament has launched Back to School, an online resource for schools to support a rights-based approach to recovery. This has been designed to help school staff to understand children’s experiences of lockdown and their wellbeing needs in the current context.
Home to school transport
East Lothian Council is writing to all families who use home to school transport to outline the new travel arrangements and their responsibilities for keeping themselves and their fellow passengers safe. Read more.
Update on early years/childcare provision from August - published 26 June
The Scottish Government published guidance on how local authority nurseries are to operate from August 2020 whilst we move through phases of its route map out of lockdown from COVID-19. The Care Inspectorate and Public Health Scotland have also updated their guidance to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place to protect children, families and staff.
We have developed information to explain how this affects early years and childcare provision in East Lothian. Read more.
Educational psychology service
We appreciate that the ongoing closure of schools and other public restrictions will be challenging for some families, children and young people who may not feel they have anyone to talk to when experiencing difficult times including anxiety, stress or bereavement. If you require support or assistance, our Educational Psychology Service remains on hand to help. The team can signpost you to a variety of useful resources and materials. The team has developed information on how to manage emotions and discussions in relation to school closures.
To get in touch email [email protected]
Free school meals and Clothing grants
All activities have been suspended until further notice. Local clubs may still be operating at this time and you are advised to contact the activity organiser direclty to find out their latest position.
East Lothian Works
All prevocational, foundation apprenticeship and school college partnership courses have been suspended. This includes community-based East Lothian Works activities and the Adult Learning Programme.
Adult Learning Programme
Due to the continued response to COVID-19 we have taken the decision to postpone the autumn term of the Adult Learning Programme.
We apologise for any uncertainty and understand that this decision will be disappointing; our focus however must be on responding to the challenges of coronavirus. This has had implications for our school spaces, community lets and our own staffing resources. Our immediate priority is to respond to people who are facing economic uncertainty due to COVID-19 and support them with employability, workplace training, and job opportunities.
This decision will be reviewed later in the year and we will keep tutors and learners informed.