The aim of these FAQs is to answer any questions you may have regarding your child/ren’s return to school in August.
The information has been put together following the current Scottish Government guidance. This will be updated as and when the advice and guidance from the Government is updated. Please keep checking our website for the latest updates.
If you have any specific queries which are not answered below, please email email@example.com.
Following the announcement by the Deputy First Minister on 23 June, the plan is for all children and young people to return to school on 12th August on a full time basis. This will be provisional on the Scottish Government’s advice at that time.
If there are further outbreaks of COVID-19 which prevent children returning to full time education, we have contingency plans in place.
Education staff will return on 10th and 11th August for staff in-service days to make sure that all staff are fully informed and ready to welcome children and young people back to school and nursery.
Please be assured that we are following the guidelines set out by the Scottish Government and the Council’s Health and Safety Team have carried out risk assessments on all schools and learning spaces in Clackmannanshire. This will be updated in line with current Scottish Government guidance.
Generally only for our youngest learners and children with additional support needs. Each establishment will provide specific arrangements.
"Blended learning is a contingency that we may still need to enact", DFM statement 23.6.20
The contingency plans are in place should children or young people not be able to return to school on a full time basis if the virus increases and there is a further outbreak.
In line with current Scottish Government ELC guidance,
The children will stay in the same groups and these groups will not mix with one another. Children will be supported by the same adults during their time in Nursery. This is to reduce the spread of infection. This is subject to any change to Scottish Government guidance for the reopening of Early Learning and Childcare.
We are awaiting more information from Scottish Government about additional funding to tackle the impact of coronavirus in schools and ensure that children get the support they need.
We will be guided by Scottish Government and SQA guidance. You find all the latest updates and information about this year’s SQA examination process and appeals process on the SQA’s website.
Each establishment has provided families with an initial offer for August. This will be reviewed in line with the current Scottish Government guidance. We are committed to phasing this up as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. We are working towards providing 30 hours of early learning and childcare, known as 1140 hours in line with a Scottish Government revised timetable.
It is important that children have clean clothes each day to minimise the spread of any infection and this may not always be possible wearing full school uniform. In primary schools children should wear comfortable clothes that are suitable for indoors and outdoors. Secondary schools will inform you of the expectations for their pupils.
All children entitled to a free school meal will continue to receive this. Initially this will be a packed lunch. All other children should bring a packed lunch from home.
We are awaiting further guidance on whether there will be a requirement for physical distancing on buses. We will inform you as soon as it is possible to do so. We hope that active travel options such as walking and cycling to school can be expanded.
We may not be able to provide this immediately in August, however we will keep you updated with any changes.
Our first priority is to support the health and wellbeing needs of all children and young people. We have a range of resources and support services in place to provide emotional support.
We will follow the Scottish Government guidance at all times to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, young adults and staff.
Individual schools will provide specific advice for parents/carers of children who have additional support needs.
The Scottish Government will be reviewing its advice on 31 July. More information is available on the Scottish Government website.
The Scottish Government will be reviewing its advice regarding shielding on 31 July.
Families should discuss individual health concerns with their GP. As always, individuals can discuss concerns with your school or nursery (ELC).
Under no circumstances should any child displaying symptoms of Covid-19 attend school or nursery. This is crucial to keep the other children and staff safe.
The main symptoms are a high temperature, a persistent cough and the loss of smell or taste. If in any doubt children should not attend nursery or school.
If you are contacted through the Test and Protect scheme you will be required to self isolate.
If you go on to develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days and you must book a test at or call 119 if you have no internet access.
At this point you must not send your children into school. Please inform the school as a matter of urgency.
You can find out more about the Test and Protect scheme on the NHS Inform website.
Being outdoors enables the children to thrive in a natural environment, to learn to seek out exercise, fresh air and activity and this is something that we are looking at as part of our plans for the reopening of schools and nurseries.
All schools have issued transition information in a variety of ways. We recognise that children have not been in their nursery setting since March and P1 staff will take time to get to know your child and where they are in their learning.
Following consultation, it has now been agreed that the October break will now be two weeks instead of one. The school term dates are available on our website.
You will be able to find more information on the following websites: