COVID-19 Information

If you have any concerns at all about your child coming back to school this week, please do not hesitate to contact the school. We will be happy to arrange for either a phased return, or a different start time for your child if they don’t want to arrive at the same time as the rest of the class. We will do everything we can to support a happy and safe return to school.
You may be aware that John Swinney, the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school on 12 August. The Depute First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools 12 August, if it is safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and dependent upon scientific and health advice. Clearly, our schools are delighted at the prospect of welcoming all of our pupils back to school in August with the knowledge that it is safe to do so.
 Midlothian Council’s local delivery plans to deliver a blended learning model will remain in place as a contingency and essential preparation in case they are needed. We would like to assure you that all Midlothian schools have a robust blended learning plan ready to be implemented should that be the requirement.
We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on a full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can.   We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10 August 2020 and pupils will return on the 12 August 2020.
We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child/children. As this change has to be achieved safely, it inevitably remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice, therefore we are committed to continuing to share information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.
Tuesday 16th June Update:
Please find attached the below letter:
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:

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