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Free School Meals - additional winter payment

4/12/20

Our free school meals during the December break page includes information about an additional winter payment that will be made.

School Clothing Grant

4/12/20

The cut off date for applying for a clothing grant is Friday 11 December 2020. Please ensure your application is submitted prior to this date if you would like to apply. To check if you are eligible, please check our web page via the link given above.

Contact tracing in education establishments

3/12/20

Over the past few months we have been working hard to ensure that our education establishments are as safe an environment as possible for our children and young people to learn in.

We are following the latest advice and guidance from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland and are working in partnership with the NHS Forth Valley Test and Protect team to carry out contact tracing in our schools.

Over recent weeks, a number of pupils who have had to self-isolate as a result of contact tracing. We understand that this may seem concerning for many parents and carers but this is a precautionary measure taken in consultation with Public Health to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The number of children and young people who have tested positive for the virus is very low.

As of this week, Scottish Government data shows that only 0.49% of pupil population in Clackmannanshire and 1.01% of staff population have tested positive since the outbreak began. This data is issued regularly and we continue to monitor it closely. 

To ensure confidentiality for both pupils and staff is maintained, we do not give out information relating to the number of pupils or staff who have tested positive at individual schools or Early Learning and childcare establishments.

The symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new or continuous cough
  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

A reminder again that if anyone in a household develops these symptoms, the symptomatic person should self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible. Everyone else in the household should also stay at home.

In the meantime we are working hard to ensure that our education establishments continue to remain open and only close in exceptional circumstances. We are continuing to support the virtual learning of children or young people who have been asked to self isolate through Google Classroom Flip Clacks.

At the end of October, schools received refreshed, detailed guidance on the steps they should take to operate safely. This includes:

  • Increased ventilation in classrooms,
  • Staff maintaining distance from pupils,
  • In secondary schools, almost everyone wearing masks (unless exempt due to a health condition) when moving around the school or in public areas of the school etc.

Our schools, Early Learning and childcare establishments have implemented this guidance following a comprehensive Risk Assessment of their premises. You can read this guidance on the Scottish Government website here - https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/

Craigbank Primary School & ELC - Remote Learning

27/11/20

NHS Forth Valley’s Test and Protect team has been carrying out contact tracing at Craigbank Primary School and ELC following a few positive cases and several teaching and non-teaching staff and children have been identified as close contacts. They have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution.

Having carefully considered the education options available for the children, as well as liaising and seeking advice from Public Health, we have taken the decision to close the school and move to remote learning for two weeks. Craigbank will reopen on Monday 14th December.

The school already has well developed contingency arrangements in place for remote learning and all families have been contacted by the school to update them on the action being taken.

Please be assured we are doing everything we can to ensure that learning continues, whilst safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and children. 

We would like to thank parents and carers for their continued support.

Muckhart Primary School - Remote Learning

25/11/20

NHS Forth Valley’s Test and Protect team has been carrying out contact tracing at Muckhart Primary School following a positive case and nearly all staff and a few children have been identified as close contacts. They have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution.

Having carefully considered the education options available for the children, as well as liaising and seeking advice from Public Health, we have taken the decision to keep the school closed and continue with remote learning until Friday 4 December.  Muckhart PS will reopen on Monday 7 December. 

The school already has well developed contingency arrangements in place for remote learning and all families have been contacted by the school to update them on the action being taken.

Please be assured we are doing everything we can to ensure that learning continues, whilst safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and children. 

We would like to thank parents and carers for their continued support.

Free School Meals - December break

20/11/20

Information about free school meals during the December break is available by following the link given.

S5 and S6 Lornshill Pupils – Remote Learning

18/11/20

On the advice of Public Health, all S5 and S6 pupils at Lornshill Academy have moved today to remote learning, for at least the next two weeks.

A significant number of senior Lornshill pupils are currently self isolating. As a result, Public Health has advised that all young people in S5 and S6 should engage in remote learning for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

We will review this decision with Public Health in two weeks’ time, on Tuesday 1 December. 

Parents and carers were informed of the decision in writing yesterday (17 November).

Letter to Parents - Protection Level 3

This letter from the Chief Education Officer was sent to parents and carers on 30th October 2020 following the Government announcement on Clackmannanshire being placed in Protection Level 3 from Monday 2nd November.


As you will be aware, a five-level framework which will allow for a refreshed strategic approach to suppressing Covid-19 outbreaks across Scotland will be published on Friday 30th October 2020 and will come into effect on Monday 2nd November 2020.  The Strategic Framework is comprised of five protection levels – from level 0 to 4 – and Clackmannanshire has been placed in Level 3.

For more information on what Level 3 means for you please follow this link to the Scottish Government's Local Protection Levels page.

We continue to liaise closely with colleagues in Public Health and have a team of senior council officers supporting our schools. I would like to assure you that Clackmannanshire’s Schools and Early Years establishments are working to ensure children and young people are safe happy and enjoying their learning.

Our Headteachers and Early Years Managers will continue to communicate directly with all parents and carers to provide regular updates.

I would like to thank you for your understanding as we work together to navigate through this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Lorraine Sanda
Strategic Director (People) and Chief Education Officer

SQA Exam FAQs

Our SQA exam frequently asked questions have been updated. Please click on the link given.

Latest Education Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available by following the link.

Primary School Packed Lunch Menu

The 3 weekly packed lunch menu cycle is available to refer to. For those not in receipt of free school meals and who wish to buy a packed lunch, the cost is £1.50 each, which we would ask to be paid via Parent Pay where possible.

Face coverings in schools

Information is available on the requirement for face coverings in schools.

Common cold and Covid-19 symptoms

National Clinical Director Jason Leitch has written an open letter to parents and carers with advice on common cold and Covid-19 symptoms.

Outdoor learning in schools

For information on outdoor learning in schools please follow the link.

School transport

For questions and answers about school transport arrangements please follow the link.

School bus timetables are also available to view or download.

Education Maintenance Allowance (16-19 yr olds)

Applications for the EMA opened in June. For information on eligibility and online application form, please follow this link to our EMA page.

Online Learning

The Council has been developing a unique virtual learning platform – FLIPClacks 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. 

Health and Wellbeing

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. 

"Stay Connected with Clackmannanshire Education Service" is currently being developed and updates will be posted at FLIPClacks and on this website.

The Council has in place broader community support arrangements to help families in difficulty as a result of COVID-19.  This includes  welfare, finance and food as a result of COVID-19.