You will no doubt be aware of the announcement made earlier today by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, regarding a phased approach to the lifting of the lockdown restrictions in Scotland. I have attached the document ‘Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’ for your information. I have picked out the key messages from this document, and others relating to the opening of schools, which I have shared with you below:
- Hub provision will continue for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils throughout the summer
- A blended model of in-school and at-home learning will ensure almost all children and young people have access to some face-to-face learning from August onwards – there will be a phased approach to bringing pupils back
- There is a working assumption that a blended model will last until at least to the end of the calendar year in the first instance
- Consideration is being given on how best to support children and young people who may be unable to attend the main school setting due to health, disability or shielding reasons
- Subject to public health guidance, teachers and other school staff should be returning to schools at some point during June, to plan and prepare for the new blended model of learning to be implemented from August
- The start date of the new term will be standardised to 11 August 2020 which will mean an earlier than planned start for some schools – please note that not all pupils will return to the building on that date
- Next week guidance will be published providing further advice on practical implementation measures for schools
- All of the above should sit alongside a full risk assessment around the operation of school buildings (and any temporary additions to the school estate) to ensure that they are compliant with all health and safety requirements
I will contact you again next week with any further advice that I might have at that time.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support. It is good to be able to begin to plan for us to return to school within the parameters set for us by the Scottish Government.