Below is some of the latest information we've published on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and how it is affecting our services.
We've made a Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub on our website, where all information and service disruptions will be published. We'll be updating this and our social media channels frequently.
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Schools return update
The council has written to all parents to advise them on the plans to re-open schools.
The decision to open all schools in Scotland on August 11 was made by the Scottish Government. This is nearly a week earlier than originally planned for West Lothian schools.
Transition - We are currently developing transition arrangements for those starting primary and secondary education, based on the national guidance. Schools will be in touch with parents/carers by 15 June 2020 to confirm these arrangements.
August return for individual pupils - Teachers and other school staff will begin planning and preparing for the new session shortly. This includes putting procedures in place to prepare school buildings to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff.
With the need for social distancing and the new blended learning model, not every pupil can be in school at the same time so the start dates for individual pupils will vary. Headteachers will be in touch with parents/carers by the end of June to confirm the specific arrangements for each child at the start of the new term.
Making sure your child can get back to school once more is our priority, and every school in West Lothian is working tirelessly to make this happen.
Further updates will be issued once plans are confirmed, both at West Lothian-wide and school level, as we follow the evolving national guidance.
Tributes are being paid to mark the fantastic work of West Lothian's amazing volunteers.
National Volunteers' Week takes place from 1 - 7 June each year, and aims to recognise those make such an incredible contribution to community life.
The impact of coronavirus means that more people than ever are volunteering now to play their part to help fellow local residents in their time of need.
Recycling Centres now open
All five Recycling Centres in West Lothian - Oakbank (Livingston), Whitburn, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackburn - re-opened on Monday 1 June.
All five centres are open seven days a week from 10am - 6pm.
They have been closed due to restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents should make you sure to read the following points before visiting a Recycling Centre.
- Customers are being advised to expect changes at the centres to ensure they comply with social distancing guidelines and operate safely for both staff and customers. Queuing is likely at times and customers can expect to have to wait to gain access.
- If customers do not have an urgent need to dispose of items, we'd advise you to hold off visiting the sites initially to avoid long queues. Only cars will be allowed access to Recycling Centres, with no trailers or vans are allowed at this stage. This is in line with national guidance and is aimed at reducing congestion.
- There will also be changes to the site layouts and drop off process. A limited number of parking bays will be available at each Recycling Centre and staff will be on hand to direct customers when they enter. Customers will be asked to remain in their vehicle until they are directed to a parking bay and will not be able to leave their bay as the rest of the site is closed. Each bay provides access to a bagged waste skip and a bulky waste skip. Customers must ensure that they maintain a 2-metre distance from others.
- Staff will not be able to help unload vehicles so if you require assistance to dispose of waste in skips, you should bring someone from your own household with you to help.
- Licencing requirements prevent us from accepting electrical items (such as fridges, cookers and tumble driers), gas bottles, tyres, asbestos or liquids (such as paint and oil) at this time.
Residents are thanked for their patience throughout this time.
Advice shop ensuring access to sanitary products
The Advice Shop is working to make sure that everyone has access to appropriate sanitary products. We believe that no-one should have to go without period products and council services and local community organisations are working together to ensure that this doesn't happen as a result of COVID-19. A range of high-quality products are available to pick up, free of charge at key locations around West Lothian:
- Period product boxes with a mix of pads and tampons can be picked up at Bathgate Partnership Centre or Arrochar House
- A range of products including re-usable menstrual cups can be picked up at local community pantry locations, where you can also pick up both fresh and non-perishable food essentials
- Sanitary products are available to pick up alongside school meals which are available daily at a number of primary and secondary schools
If anyone is struggling to obtain sanitary products, they can call the Advice Shop on 01506 283000 or email email@example.com for help and advice on how to access appropriate products to suit your needs.
Reminder - Cancellation of West Lothian Council Garden Competition 2020
It is with regret that due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, a decision has been taken to cancel West Lothian's 2020 Garden Competition.
The council realise that this decision will disappoint those who participate in the competition and hope that the competition can be reinstated for 2021.
Test and Protect Launched
Test and Protect - NHS Scotland's approach to controlling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community - was launched on Tuesday, May 28.
Anyone with the symptoms of COVID-19 - a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go online to NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816.
For further information please visit Test and Protect rolled out nationally on the Scottish Govenment website