On Tuesday, 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 plan now acts as our Contingency Plan. The Plan details all of 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 advise 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.
We still have some work to do to ensure our contingency school recovery plan is finalised and we will be sending out a survey to gather information about transport.
The response so far to the introduction of Google Classroom has been very positive and we would like to thank you all for working so hard to enable this to happen.
We will be in touch soon with further information regarding our school recovery contingency plans.