School arrangements from 15 March

Update following the announcement by the First Minister on Tuesday 2 March and the publication of updated guidance for a return to in-school learning.

Primary

On Monday 15 March all pupils will attend school full time.

After-school clubs based in school premises will be able to restart from the same date. Please contact your after-school club for further details.

Secondary

From 15 March until Friday 2 April, all secondary pupils will be invited to attend school at least once a week. We are prioritising those in the senior phase (S4-6) so that they may access essential learning required for the alternative certification model.

Our head teachers are working to put plans and timetables in place. We must work with the latest safety guidance of 2m physical distancing in school and 1m physical distancing on school transport. Due to the capacity of a school building, the number of children on the school roll, the number of staff available and the capacity on school transport each school may have a very different timetable of attendance.

From 15 March, whilst we will continue to advise young people of how to continue with their learning from home it is important to say that our remote learning offer will be different. Almost all of our staff will be in school delivering face-to-face learning. Your child’s school will be in contact with more information. Our Angus Home Learning Portal has 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.

The updated safety guidance will now require 2m physical distancing in school and that all pupils wear a face covering (apart from those who are exempt). Please support us to ensure a safe return to school by providing your child with a face covering. Limited numbers of face coverings will be available in school should anyone arrive without one.

Schools have supplies of lateral flow test kits available for all in S4-6. Undertaking the twice weekly testing is completely voluntary but could help us identify when a young person has the virus but is not displaying symptoms. Your child will be provided with more information by the school.

Transport

School transport will continue to operate. A 1m physical distancing requirement will be in place and face coverings are required by all who travel on school transport – regardless of age.

School meals

School meals will be available for primary pupils, and secondary pupils when they are in school at lunchtime, and those entitled will receive free school meals. 

Direct payments to parents/carers of secondary pupils entitled to free school meals will continue until a full-time return to school is achieved.

Testing

All staff based in schools and senior pupils will be offered voluntary ‘at home’ (lateral flow device) tests twice a week. Schools have been in contact with parents/children to provide information on testing.

School drop-off and pick-up

Face coverings should be worn by adults when dropping off or collecting children from school. 2m physical distancing should also be maintained.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. If we can work together until the Easter holiday, we will hopefully see a return to school full time for everyone