Dear Parents/ Carers,
You will be aware that today I had planned to publish our School Recovery Plan which will now become our contingency plan.
Yesterday, John Swinney, the Depute First Minister (DFM), made a statement in Parliament which detailed the ambition of The Scottish Government for all children and young people to return to school full- time in August 2020. The DFM stressed that it is an aim which the Government is now working towards but it “remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice.”
You’ll be aware that all schools were asked to develop a Plan to detail the arrangements made for ‘blended learning’, this is the plan I refer to above and now acts as our Contingency Plan. The Plan details all the arrangements made to keep our children safe and outlines a number of new arrangements to ensure physical distancing. The Plan also outlines how children will access in-school learning if we are asked to deliver education in this way in August.
We now know that this plan will only be enacted if the scientific and health advice determine that it is unsafe for children and staff to return to school full time. We currently await further guidance in light of the DFM statement yesterday and plan to share contingency arrangements with you as soon as we can check our approach against updated guidance.
I understand completely that this again put you in a situation where you still have no information. What I can tell you is that we should be in a position to tell you which class your child will be in and which teacher they will have by Monday.
I thank you for your patience in this and understand how hard it is for all of you.
(Acting Head Teacher)