Following the Government’s announcement regarding the closure of schools and nurseries and the cancellation of SQA examinations, the Council has been working on a range of plans to provide essential support for the children of key workers and our most vulnerable children and families.
The Clackmannanshire Hub Provision during the Easter Holiday period (6-17 April) will be provided in Alloa Academy. This will enable key workers to continue to go to work. It will be open from 8am to 6pm, including the Public Holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday. The Lornshill Academy and Alva Academy Hubs will be closed during the Easter break.
ABC Nursery in Alloa will be open over the same period to provide Early Learning Childcare. Dollar Nursery will remain open over Easter Holidays but will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Hubs have been established at Alloa Academy, Alva Academy and Lornshill Academy for the school age children of urgent NHS staff and key workers. Parents will be contacted to advise if they have a place. We are working with partner organisations to deliver this. If you are a critical key worker and live in Clackmannanshire, even if your child (children) do not attend schools in the area, please contact our Education department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As directed by the First Minister we must keep the number of children taking up childcare places to an absolute minimum. The higher the number of children in childcare settings, the higher the health risks for us all. Priority must be given to children of the most critical key workers and the most vulnerable children in our community. We are currently prioritising front level health care staff. If we have places left after this we will consider others, in order of priority.
Please contact us if any of the following applies to you:
The initial definition of key workers below is based on Scottish Government guidance.
Thank you for your continued support whilst we ensure that all places are allocated to key front line health care staff.
ABC Nursery in Alloa and Dollar Nursery School will provide care for nursery age children of key workers and vulnerable children as identified in Scottish Government guidance.
Parents and carers who have been offered a place have been contacted by our Education department. If you have any queries, please email email@example.com
Free school meals will be provided for children who have been offered an essential key worker place at one of our Hubs at Alloa Academy, Alva Academy or Lornshill Academy.
We are now delivering Grab Bag lunches from vans to children who do not have a place at one of our Hubs but are in receipt of clothing and footwear grants. Following Government guidleines, we are operating the services outlined below as a temporary solution to ensure that vulnerable children and families who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive our support regarding food provision. Whilst we work on longer term arrangements, we must remind you to adhere to social distancing to stay 2 meters away from people, that people only go outside for this essential food collection and return straight home afterwards. Please also ensure that you wash your hands when you return home. As this arrangement is a temporary measure, please continue to visit this page for the latest updates.
Fishcross Primary School - 11:00 to 11:20
Craigbank Primary School - 11:30 to 11:50
Deerpark Primary School - 12:00 to 12:20
Clackmannan Primary School - 12:45 to 13:10
Van 2Tullibody South Campus - 11:00 to 11:20
Free period products that would normally be available in schools will be available at the free school meal drop off locations above, where families can collect a bag containing a one month supply. They will also be available for collection at the entrance to the three schools that are being used as Hubs – Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies.
The Council has been developing a unique virtual learning platform – FLIPClacks which is now “live” and provides learning opportunities for children, young people and families, including school specific areas. The online learning space will include live classroom activities as well as lots of creative resources for you and your children.
There are a range of supports available for families, children and young people. The “Parent Hub” on FLIPClacks provides information on services and resources and has links to local organisations that are providing help and guidance. https://flipclacks.org/. "Stay Connected with Clackmannanshire Education Service" is currently being developed and updates will be posted at FLIPClacks and on the Council’s own website.
Following the announcement on Sunday by the Scottish Governmement that no young person in S4 - S6 should attend school to complete coursework, the SQA have announced that for this year, schools are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
Coursework which has already been submitted can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.
The SQA have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.
The SQA will provide further details on the estimation of grades that they will need from teachers to inform certification, and fuller details of its approach to certification, as soon as possible.