School Closure Information

Friday 29th May Update:
Letter from Midlothian Council:
Tuesday 5th May Update:
Please find attached information for transition from Early Learning to P1 and from P7 to S1.
We hope that you will find this useful, exciting and reassuring. We will keep you updated as new information comes out:

Monday 23 March until further notice:

All Schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions: 

·       Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place. 

·       All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.

 ·       We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services.  This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.

 ·       Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals  and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.

 Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.

 As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.

 You can listen to the Deputy First Ministers announcement at this link:

https://news.gov.scot/speeches-and-briefings/statement-on-covid19-managing-the-impacts-on-scottish-education

Guidance for Parents/Carers about school closure:

Guidance for parents and carers in the event of school closure due to Coronavirus

 

Advice for supporting children and young people:

COVID19 advice for supporting children and young people