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Return to School - August 2020

I am pleased to confirm that West Lothian schools and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings will open full-time in August, following the First Minister's announcement today.

We have been planning to allow pupils to safely return to class full-time in August once this confirmation was received from the Scottish Government.

In accordance with government advice, a phased return of pupils will allow staff time to familiarise our children and young people with the measures necessary to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the school.

Our phasing plan for remainder of the first week is as follows:

 

Primary pupils

Secondary pupils

Tuesday 11 August

In-service day - staff only

In-service day - staff only

Wednesday 12 August

P1 (am only),

P2, P3, P4 (Full day)

S1, S2, S3

(Full day)

Thursday 13 August

P1 (am only),

P5, P6, P7(Full day)

S1, S4, S5, S6

(Full day)

Friday 14 August

All pupils

All pupils

Pupils at Beatlie, Cedarbank, Ogilvie and Pinewood schools will follow the same phasing plan as above.

On Wednesday 12 August and Thursday 13 August, pupils who are not in attendance at school will be provided with home learning.

Schools may stagger daily start and finish times to reduce congestion at the school gates, and individual schools will be in touch to confirm local arrangements for this and other services such as breakfast clubs. 

The return to full-time education was conditional on infection rates being sufficiently low to continue to control the virus, public health and testing systems being in place and protective measures and risk assessments being carried out in schools.

West Lothian Council is putting in place the necessary risk assessments and protective measures in each school to allow this to happen. We will be following the Education Recovery Guidance, which has been agreed by the Scottish Government and COSLA based on the latest scientific advice.

A report on the full re-opening will be considered by the Education Executive on Tuesday 4 August. This will be published online by Friday 31 July, and you can access it here.

An update on school transport will be issued shortly.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your patience during this period of uncertainty. 

All of our schools are looking forward to welcoming pupils back, and working in partnership with parents and carers to ensure their wellbeing, and support their learning.

Yours sincerely,

 

Elaine Cook

 

Dr. Elaine Cook

Depute Chief Executive
West Lothian Council


FAQs update - 12 August

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

11 August

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

10 August

Can free schools meals still be collected from schools once the new term starts?


FAQs - Re-opening of Schools and Early Years Establishments

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 face coverings required within school premises?

Are there changes on school transport?

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

Do I need a bus pass to use dedicated school transport?

Can fare paying pupils still use dedicated 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?

I applied late or changed my application for an Early Learning and Childcare or nursery place and haven't heard anything yet?

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?