Stirling Council is looking forward to welcoming children and young people to school and nursery from August 12 following yesterday’s (30 July) Scottish Government announcement.
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In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the COVID-19 route map, the First Minister said the latest scientific advice and evidence supported the safe return of pupils to school.

The Council has been working towards a return to full-time schooling after the summer break in line with ongoing Scottish Government guidance.

Individual schools will share arrangements for this return with parents, carers and young people in the coming days.

In accordance with the finalised Government guidance, comprehensive plans, which include additional health and safety measures, will now be put in place. Any further updates, such as on school transport, will be communicated directly to parents and families by individual schools ahead of the start of term.

Stirling Council nurseries will also reopen to children on 12 August after new guidance was published by the Scottish Government confirming it is safe to do so.

As with schools, the local authority has been working towards this scenario and individual settings have been in contact with families with offers of a place and information.

This included the news that the Council will provide 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare per year for eligible children from August.

These offers still stand and any new information on the back of the updated guidance will be shared with parents and carers over the coming days.

Much-needed normality and structure

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “Our schools and nurseries are thrilled to be welcoming our children and young people back in early August.

“The pandemic has been an uncertain and challenging time for families and a return to some much-needed normality and structure is really positive news.

“With the resumption of full-time education, teachers and early learning practitioners are looking forward to ensuring children and young people receive the highest quality of care and learning.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank parents, carers, young people and staff for their incredible support and resilience during this unparalleled crisis.”

As Scotland continues to work to supress the COVID-19 outbreak, all local authority schools and nurseries are carrying out rigorous risk assessments before reopening, and a suite of additional health and safety protocols will be in place.

A wide range of support

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “Staff have been working extremely hard over the summer to ensure settings were prepared for to reopen fully in early August, and these plans have been shared with parents, carers and young people.

“Individual schools and nurseries will be in contact with families ahead of the restart of term with any other specific arrangements once the new guidance has been fully reviewed.

“I can reassure them that enhanced health and safety measures will be in place in all settings to conform to strict national guidelines. 

“A wide range of support will also be available to children and young people who, understandably, may need extra help after such a long period out of full-time education and care.”

More information:

For details on the Scottish Government’s decision to fully reopen schools, including a link to the updated guidance, please head to the Scottish Government website.

The newly published guidance on the reopening of early learning and childcare settings can also be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

For all the latest Stirling Council education updates during Coronavirus (COVID-19), including FAQs on the reopening of schools and nurseries, please head here.