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Vaccination information for children and young people

Created: 6/1/22

The latest JCVI advice on vaccination for children and young people, which the Scottish Government has decided to follow in agreement with Governments across the UK, is in summary:

  • all adults aged 18+ are now eligible for a booster vaccine, in addition to their first two doses
  • all 16 and 17 year-olds are eligible for two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. They should also be offered a normal booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine no sooner than 3 months after completion of their primary course
  • all 12-15 year olds are eligible for two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This offer comes in addition to the 12 to 15-year-olds with underlying health conditions who were already eligible for a second dose
  • children and young people aged 12 to 15 who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed should also be offered a normal booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine no sooner than 3 months after completion of their primary course
  • children and young people aged 12 to 15 years who are severely immunosuppressed and who have had a third primary dose should also be offered a normal booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine no sooner than 3 months after completion of their primary course. Appointments are not available for this group at the time of writing. More details will be available soon about when these children will be offered a vaccine – these will be published on NHS Inform.
  • children aged 5-11 years in a clinical risk group, or who are household contacts of someone who is immunosuppressed, should be offered two 10 micrograms doses of Pfizer with an interval of 8 weeks
  • children and young people aged 12 to 17 who have a positive PCR test result must wait a minimum of 12 weeks post the date of the positive test before receiving any vaccine dose, unless a clinician recommends otherwise

In response to rising cases of the new Omicron variant, the Scottish Government announced an acceleration of the vaccination programme with a focus on COVID boosters. Read the latest information on eligibility and access to appointments and drop-in vaccination on NHS Inform.

Information is available on NHS Inform along with access to the self-registration portal. Public Health Scotland has produced an information leaflet for 16-17 year-olds and materials for 12-15 year-olds are also available.

See a list of drop in clinics across mainland health boards with 12 to 17 year olds eligible to attend those offering Pfizer.

Those without online access can call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

Muckhart Primary School

Created: 4/1/22

Staffing levels at all our education establishments have been assessed today and as a result we can confirm that all but one of our establishments will re-open tomorrow. Pupils at Muckhart Primary School will move to remote learning from 5 to 7 January.

School guidance - key messages

Created: 21/12/21

Key messages from updated school guidance issued by the Scottish Government are available by following the link given.

Support in Clacks

Created: 21/12/21

For information on support available to parents and carers in Clackmannanshire, please follow the link given.

Letter to Parents/Carers dated 20/12/21

You will be aware from recent Scottish Government announcements that schools and ELCs remain open and as such, we expect all Clackmannanshire schools and ELCs to reopen on 5th January 2022 as normal following the Christmas break.

The advice and guidance from both NHS Public Health and Scottish Government is being updated, often dally, as the COVID situation evolves.  If there are any changes to the re-opening arrangements in January, we will update the website and your school/ELC will be in touch with you directly. 

We continue to work with NHS Public Health to prioritise the health and safety of children, young people and staff in all our establishments.  Please keep checking the Clackmannanshire website for updates.

It is crucial that all young people in secondary schools take a lateral flow test before they return in January, either the day before they return or on the morning they return.  Reminders will be shared on the website and social media platforms. 

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support in these difficult times and I wish you and your family a safe and peaceful holiday.  

Catherine Quinn
Interim Chief Education Officer

NHS Forth Valley Winter Zone

Created: 21/12/21

For winter health information and advice, visit NHS Forth Valley Winter Zone page. Information is available on:

  • Minor injuries, illnesses and urgent healthcare advice (call 111)
  • Local Pharmacy services and Festive opening times
  • GP services
  • Covid-19 Information - Protect Yourself and Others

Family Support Payments

Created: 14/12/21

Families who have applied and been accepted for Free School Meals will receive a payment of £23 per child over the Christmas holidays.

These families will also receive an additional £160 from the Family Pandemic Payments fund.

Both these payments will be in bank accounts by Saturday 18 December.

If you have any queries, please email education@clacks.gov.uk.

Covid and Omicron Update

Created: 14/12/21

This letter has been sent to all parents/carers.

I understand that the current uncertainty of the new variant of Covid may be causing some anxiety.  Please be assured that Education staff are working closely with Public Health to seek their advice and follow all guidance to keep the safety of all our families, staff and children a priority.

I wanted to inform you of the latest update from the First Minister who made an announcement on changes to self isolation on Friday 10th December.  

- all positive cases must isolate for 10 days
- all fully vaccinated adults and under 18 non-household close contacts are required to isolate until they receive a negative PCR test – partially or unvaccinated adults should isolate for 10 days.  (These close contacts will be identified by NHS Test and Protect teams.)
- all household close contacts are required to isolate for 10 days with no exemptions for age, vaccination status or a negative PCR test.
The First Minister is due to give a further announcement in Parliament on Tuesday 14th December and we may receive further updated Scottish Government schools/ELC guidance and this will be shared accordingly.  Currently schools and ELCs continue to follow existing Scottish Government guidance and we continue to take advice from Public Health on individual cases.

Cathy Quinn

Interim Chief Education Officer

Dad's Walk and Talk Group

Created: 10/12/21

Have a child with additional support needs? Come along to walk, breathe and connect at Lornshill Academy on Tuesday 14th December at 6.30pm.

Parent/Carer Workshop

Created: 10/12/21

This workshop is for parents/carers of children with additional support needs and takes place on Thursday 16th December at 10am. For more information please see our events diary entry.

Family Pandemic payments (Hardship Payments) and Free School Meal holiday payments

Created: 17/9/21

Information on Family Pandemic Payments (Hardship Payments) and Free School Meals holiday payments is available via our Financial Assistance page.

Management of Covid-19 Cases in Schools and ELCs

Created: 16/9/21

National Clinical Director Jason Leitch has written a letter to parents and carers explaining how cases of Covid-19 in schools and childcare settings are being managed, and arrangements going forward.  You can read the letter here

Digital Mental Health Support

Created: 7/9/21

A new digital mental health service is now available for all 10 – 18 year olds in Clackmannanshire as part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clacks transformation project.

A digital webinar to learn more about the range of digital mental health services available is being offered for parents/carers and those working with children and young people.

If you are unable to attend at this time, a link to a recorded version can be accessed by emailing psychological@clacks.gov.uk.

You can also refer to the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clackmannanshire website for more information as well as our press release.

SQA Exams Update

The Scottish Government has confirmed National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead next year, as long as public health guidance permits.  Find out more on the SQA website.

School Bus Timetable 2021 - 2022

The latest school bus timetable for 2021 - 2022 is now available.

Expansion of Free School Meals to Primary 4 Children

Created: 23/7/21

Free school meals will be offered to all P4 pupils from the start of term in August. They are joining all pupils from P1-3 in the scheme funded by the Scottish Government.

Parents of pupils who are eligible for free school meals on the basis of low income should continue to complete our online application form in order to receive the school clothing grant.

More information on free school meals and school clothing grants for the 2021/22 academic year can be found by following the links given.

The expansion of free school meals will include all P5 pupils from January 2022.

For more information, please email education@clacks.gov.uk.

Pandemic Support Payments for Families

Created: 8/7/21

The Scottish Government has agreed Pandemic Support Payments for eligible families.

Family Pandemic Payments

Two £100 payments will be made for each school aged child who receives Free School Meals.

First payment was made at the end of June.

Second payment will be made at the start of the winter school holiday in December 2021.

Free School Meals Payment

Families with children who receive Free School Meals will receive a payment of £23 per child every fortnight over the summer holidays.

This payment will be made by the end of July.

Low Income Pandemic Payment

Eligible families will receive a payment of £130 in October 2021.  This will be paid to families who are either:

  • in receipt of Council tax Reduction, or
  • are within agreed groups exempt from Council Tax Reduction or have no liability.

You can find out more about Free School Meals and apply on our web page.

If you have any queries, please email education@clacks.gov.uk.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Created: 8/7/21

The online application for the Education Maintenance Allowance is now available by following the link given.

School Term Dates

Created: 5/7/21

The 2021/22 school term dates are available by following the link given.

School Clothing Grant and Free School Meals 2021/22

Created: 9/6/21

Our School Clothing Grant and Free School Meals application form for 2021/22 is available by following the link.

Register for the Scottish milk and healthy snack scheme

Created: 8/6/21

The Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme will replace the UK Nursery Milk Scheme (NMS) in Scotland with effect from 1 August 2021. It is open to all providers providing more than 2 hours a day to children from birth to not yet attending primary school. 

Eligible (regulated) pre-school day care settings, including childminders, wishing to participate in the Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme must register with their local authority to become a member of the Scheme. For this policy there is no differentiation between ELC funded and unfunded settings.

Information on the scheme can be found via the Scottish Government website. 

Please contact education@clacks.gov.uk for further information. Initial registration closes on 18th June. 

School Term Dates 2022/23

Created: 8/4/21

School term dates for 2022/23 are available by following the link given.

Counselling in Schools service

Created: 10/2/21

For information on our counselling in schools service, please follow the link.

Online Youth Activities

Created: 9/2/21

For details of various weekly online youth activities please follow the web page link.

Remote Learning Guide

Created: 15/1/21

We have published a new guide for parents/carers and teaching staff on how children and young people will continue to receive high quality learning and teaching from home during the current lockdown.

Latest Education Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available by following the link.

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.