School arrangements from 22 February

Published Wednesday 17 February

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday 16 February we can confirm that the current plan is for some pupils to begin a phased return to school and early learning and childcare centres from Monday 22 February.

This includes:

  • a return to normal sessions of early learning and childcare for all children below school age
  • a return to full-time school for children in primaries 1 to 3
  • a part time return (on a limited basis) for senior phase pupils (S4 to S6) to allow them to complete practical work necessary for their national qualification courses. Schools will contact pupils directly as these will be timetabled to reduce the numbers of pupils in schools at any one time.

Children with additional support needs who have a clear need to be in school should already have been identified but contact your school if your circumstances have changed.

Schools will remain open for

  • the children of key workers
  • other children identified by the head teacher.

Can your child attend school if not in groups listed above?

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:

1.

  •  both parents are key workers

Or

  • 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:

Testing

In addition, 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.

Home learning portal

Home learning will continue for all other pupils in the meantime. The First Minister hopes to set out the next phase in the return of schools on 2 March.

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.

We've also published these home learning hints and tips for parents and carers.

School transport

School transport will be running as usual for children attending primary school.

School transport will continue for children of keyworkers and other identified young people who are attending secondary school.

We are working on the arrangements for transport for young people in the senior phase who have been invited to attend to complete practical assessments. It may not be possible for these arrangements to be in place for Monday 22 February 2021 and you may be required to transport your child initially. Details of these arrangements will be shared directly with families.

School meals

Usual meal arrangements are in place for children attending early learning and childcare (ELC), primary school and secondary school.

Meals for primary school children and those attending school-based ELC should be ordered via iPay.

Different lunch ordering arrangements are in place for children attending ELCC Carnoustie and ELCC Forfar. These have been communicated directly to families.

Direct payments will continue for children and young people in P4-S6 who are eligible for free school meals.

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.