These arrangements are designed to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to do this we need to significantly reduce the number of children and young people attending schools until at least mid February 2021.
Please be aware that, in our efforts to reduce the numbers in our schools, your child may not be taught by their usual class teacher and learning provision may differ across our schools. Each school is working to manage the balance of in-school and remote learning depending upon how many staff are available and how many children are attending school.
Please be assured that we will continue with hygiene control and safety procedures already in place across all our schools for any children who attend school during this time.
All schools and school-based nurseries are open only for:
- the children of key workers
- other children identified by the Head Teacher/ELC Manager
If you use other providers of Early Learning and Childcare, you should contact your provider directly to find out what their arrangements are. You can check the Level 4 regulations on childcare via the Parent Club Guide to Childcare Level 4.
Briefly, these are:
- Childminders can stay open to all children and should operate in accordance with Level 4 guidance
- Nurseries and all other childcare providers should open only to key worker and vulnerable children.
- Informal essential childcare can continue in accordance with Level 4 guidance
Who is a Key Worker?
Key worker places are restricted only to the children of key workers in one of the three categories outlined by Scottish Government. These categories are:
Health and Care workers directly supporting the COVID response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life-threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other Category 1 staff.
All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).
Can your child attend school?
Your child may be able to attend their own school, or school-based nursery setting school on the days that you are required to be at work if all of the following are true:
- both parents are key workers
- you are a lone parent and a key worker
2. Both parents, or a lone parent, are required to attend their place of work (if an adult is working from home then their child should stay at home)
3. You have no one else available to look after your child. If there is a relative or friend who can reasonably provide childcare through an informal essential childcare arrangement, then you should not send your child to school. Informal essential childcare arrangements are permitted within Level 4 restrictions. You can find out more information on this link Parent Club. If you have already contacted your school/ELC setting to say that you needed a ‘key worker’ space for your child but now do not meet the criteria or no longer require your child to attend please contact the school to let them know. Email is the best form of contact. You can find a list of school email addresses on these links:
School Meals Transport and Out of Hours Clubs
School meals are available as usual in schools. Nursery and Primary lunches should be pre-ordered on iPay as usual. Secondary lunches can be ordered in school by those attending.
Additional payments have been made for children who access free school meals. However, if your child attends school, free school meals are still available.
All school and ASN transport will run as usual and school crossing patrollers will be in operation
If you access Breakfast and Out of school clubs, please contact your provider directly.
Home learning portal
Our Digital Schools Team have been on hand to support home learning, with the help of the Angus Home Learning Portal.
If you are a parent or carer, you'll find helpful guides about how to help your child access their learning safely from home, ideas for extending the learning beyond the classroom and information about online safety.