Covid-19 School Update

Schools Update

Schools Update (published Monday 22 June)

Information is being provided to parents/carers today in relation to the reopening of schools in August.  That information includes:

  • A letter from Chief Education Officer Jacqui MacDonald, highlighting the principles in our planning for schools reopening and confirming the particular arrangements for their sector.
  • A letter from their Head Teacher with the specific arrangements for their school.
  • A leaflet with details of keeping safe on return to school and practical information in relation to school uniform, school bags, stationery and lunch boxes.

The East Dunbartonshire Local Phased Delivery Plan was the starting point for our individual School Recovery Plans.

You can read our Local Phased Delivery Plan here

You can read our back to school information leaflet here.

We have developed some consistent signage to ensure that there is clear messaging throughout our schools and that this is consistent across East Dunbartonshire.

 

        Keep your school safe  

Schools Reopening Update (Thursday 18 June)

Following the update we provided last week (11 June) directly to parents and through a media release, we have prepared a series of FAQs on our plans for reopening.

School Reopening Planning - Frequently Asked Questions

You can read the media release here:  Blended approach to Learning school recovery plans

Each school will provide a further update early next week with details of arrangements for that school, including days of attendance. We would like to thank you once again for your continued understanding as our reopening planning progresses.
 

School Placing Requests (Update on 29 May 2020) 

Letters and emails were issued last week (21 & 22 May) to those families waiting for a decision on their placing request for an East Dunbartonshire school. 

The Council is continuing work to develop appeal procedures taking account of the restrictions due to coronavirus (Covid-19). Please see the Appeals: School placing request page for the latest information on the appeals process.

 

School Placing Requests (Update on 28 April 2020)

The Scottish Government has issued regulations relating to placing requests for schools' admissions for the School Session 2020/21.  The new regulations amend the time limits in relation to making decisions on placing requests and in hearing appeals against refusals of placing requests. 

The new deadline whereby the Council is required to notify applicants of decisions on placing requests for the School Session 2020/21 is now 31 May 2020.

The Council is working to process all applications and to develop appeal procedures taking account of the restrictions due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Council will keep placing request applicants informed of any further developments through updates on the website and through social media channels.


Food Vouchers (Free School Meals/Clothing Grants)

The Council has introduced a food voucher scheme for those in receipt of: Free School Meals (excluding the universal provision for P1-P3); Free Early Years Meals (excluding the universal provision in the pilot 1140hr Early Years Centres); and School Clothing Grants.  The details can be found on the following webpage: 

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/council-democracy/covid-19-food-vouchers


Childcare for Key Workers

We have put arrangements in place to provide childcare for the children of key workers to allow them to continue to work, in line with Government commitments.  The provision to ensure that children of key workers have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, beyond the normal school day will be provided in Hubs within each locality area.  

It is essential that places are restricted to those children, whose parents are Key Workers and need to go to work and have no other available childcare options.  This will ensure we have smaller numbers and require fewer staff, reducing the risk of Covid-19 spreading both to children and staff.

Arrangements will be in place in all Locality Hubs to take account of the NHS Guidance in relation to Covid-19.  This will include:

  • Children will not be allowed to attend if they show symptoms or if their household is self isolating due to a member of the family showing symptoms
  • There will be  a risk assessment to address the requirements of Covid 19
  • This will include small groups and where possible social distancing and as much outdoor activity as possible.

Places will be allocated if parents meet the following criteria:

  • A parent in the key worker category as defined by Scottish Government; AND
  • Are required to attend their place of work i.e are not working from home; AND
  • Have no other childcare options e.g family member who is not in the over 70s or vulnerable group category;  Places are limited so we would request that all options are explored before a place is requested.

Scottish Government information in relation to key workers can be found on their website:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-guide-schools-early-learning-closures/pages/key-workers/

Provision will be available from 8.00am to 6.00pm in the Primary School Hubs and Early Years Hubs and from 9.00am to 3.00pm in the Secondary School Hubs.

Places will be allocated to suit parents work patterns and this may change so parents will be asked to notify any changes they require.

Children with underlying health conditions are at risk and so cannot be allocated a place until this is discussed with a parent.

If you have not yet applied for a place, please complete the on-line form and return it to SharedServices.Education@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Application form for key worker provision

'Key Worker Application is available from now until 11 August only


If you have any questions about the Key Worker Provision, please email SharedServices.Education@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Resources and Support for children at home

East Dunbartonshire Council is providing more than 500 laptops and more than 100 mobile wifi devices, to pupils  across the area to help children and young people with home learning.

This comes as schools plan for home learning to continue to play a significant part in young people's education while lockdown is eased and schools reopen.

To ensure that no-one is disadvantaged because they cannot access online learning opportunities, pupils will receive the devices they need to help their studies.

The Council is providing 532 laptops and 115 mifi devices to pupils in towns and villages across the area, having worked closely with Headteachers to identify where they were needed most.