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Return to School - August 2020

Face coverings update - from Monday 31 August

New national guidance on the wearing of face coverings in schools and on school transport has been issued by the Scottish Government.

The new national guidance is that from Monday 31 August 2020 face coverings should be worn

  • where adults and young people in secondary schools are moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets) where physical distancing and maintaining appropriate distance is particularly difficult; 
  • where adults and children and young people aged 5 and over are travelling on dedicated school transport

Face coverings should cover the mouth, nose and chin. It is recommended they are made of cloth or other textiles and should be two, and preferably three layers thick.

Existing guidance that face coverings do not need to be worn in classrooms or other learning and teaching environments still applies.

Face coverings should also be worn by adults where they cannot keep 2m distance and are interacting face-to-face for a sustained period (about 15 minutes or more) with other adults and/or children and young people.

Any staff member who wishes to wear a face covering in school is permitted to do so.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face covering for a variety of reasons and we would encourage everyone to be understanding of individual circumstances.

Staff and pupils who require face coverings should bring their own with them. Anyone who does not have their own face covering, or has any issues with it, should speak to their school.

Safely wearing face coverings

  • Face coverings should not be shared, and hands should be cleaned by washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser and before putting on or removing the face covering
  • Face covering must be the right size to cover the nose, mouth and chin. Children should be taught how to wear the face covering properly, including not touching the front and not pulling it under the chin or into their mouth.
  • When temporarily storing a face covering (e.g. during classes), it should be placed in a washable, sealed bag or container. Avoid placing it on surfaces, due to the possibility of contamination.
  • Re-usable face coverings should be washed after each day of use at 60 degrees centigrade or in boiling water.

More details at Scottish Government - Coronavirus advice for schools


FAQs - Re-opening of Schools and Early Years Establishments

Should my child attend school if they have a common cold?

I have an issue with a bus pass for free school transport. Where do I contact?

I've just booked a weekly bus ticket on a fare-paying school bus. Do I need to collect a pass from the school?

When do schools and early years establishments re-open?

Should pupils, staff and visitors wear face coverings and physical distance?

What extra cleaning measures have been put in place?

What other measures have been put in place within schools?

Are there changes on school transport?

What is the guidance for parents/carers to support children using school transport?

What changes are there for school meals & breakfast clubs and can pupils take their own snacks/lunches into school?

What are the new cashless catering arrangements in secondary schools?

Will break and lunch times operate as 'normal'?

Are there any changes to out-of-school care?

Can parents/carers enter school premises and pick up/drop off pupils?

Should my child wear school uniform?

Can pupils take packed lunch boxes, school bags and pencil cases etc to school?

Will PE lessons still take place?

How will 'groups' be created within schools?

Are there any specific measures for ASN schools?

What if pupils show signs of COVID-19?

What if a pupil has underlying medical/health condition?

Are there any specific measures in place for Black and Ethnic Minority pupils?

FAQs - questions you may have if there's a confirmed COVID-19 case within a school

How and when will I receive information if there is an outbreak within my child's school?

How can I find out if my child/children are affected by an outbreak within their school?

What should I do if NHS Lothian contact me as part of their tracing programme and risk assessment?

Should I send my child to school if someone in the school community has covid-19?

What happens with the cleaning of rooms and key areas if a school has a confirmed case?

Are there any changes to the mixing of classes/year groups where cases/cases have been confirmed e.g. at break and lunchtimes?

How will my child learn at home if self-isolating?

If there was an outbreak of Coronavirus in schools, in what circumstances would a class be sent home or a school closed?

Who needs to get a test?

Remind me, what are the symptoms and who should I call?