An online questionnaire is being sent to parents as East Lothian Council seeks their views on the return to school from August 2020.

We are keen to gather parents’ views about the return so that we can build this in to our plans.

The Scottish Government has outlined requirements for a ‘blended’ model that combines a return to classrooms alongside a continuation of home-based learning. This is to carefully manage capacity in school buildings to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff. It will also ensure that all learners get a chance for some face-to-face time with teachers in a classroom environment.

The council is currently reviewing space in each of its schools to calculate capacity based on physical distancing guidelines.

An online questionnaire is being shared through school networks. This is to determine demand for spaces in schools, how families and learners feel about a return to classrooms, what supports will be necessary both emotionally and in terms of transport provision.

Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown said: “We are continuing the complex process of planning for a return to a form of school-based learning. We are keen to gather parents’ views about the return so that we can build this in to our plans. The new school session will look very different and we recognise that this will present a number of challenges for parents. Once we have the results of the survey, each school will be finalising its plans and these will be communicated to parents before the end of the school session. We are grateful for the support from staff and families.”

The survey is available online.

Paper copies are available from schools on request. All surveys should be completed by 4pm on Monday 15 June.

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Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2020