Scottish Borders Council has information about childcare hubs, free school meals and support for parents on their school updates pages (click for Covid-19 School Updates) and now has specific web pages (click for Covid-19 Schools Returning) with information about plans for returning to school on 11 August including frequently asked questions.
WLPS Update – shared on 12 June 2020
We continue to work on the preparations for the reopening of Early Years facilities and schools from 11 August. This is progressing well, and in line with all national guidance.
Please note that initially all communication regarding the reopening plans will be coming from the Council centrally through the SBC website, social media channels and Groupcall. Schools will only be providing detail later in the process.
We will continue to provide regular updates and appreciate your patience. Please do not contact your school or Headteacher seeking information as they will not be able to provide this to you.
As we continue to develop our plans it has become apparent that we have a serious challenge in respect of school transport. Almost 3,000 pupils normally travel on school transport every day, however based on the current two metre social distancing guidance, the capacity of existing provision would only be around 400 pupils.
Unfortunately, despite exploring various models, it is clear that we simply will not be able to provide school transport for all eligible pupils, even where pupils are not in school every day of the week.
Therefore, to help us develop the best plan possible, we are asking parents and carers whose children normally use school transport, or will from August 2020, to complete a short online survey which explores various options, including more pupils walking or cycling to school, or parents transporting their children themselves.
We know that these options will not be available to everyone due to individual circumstances, but it is vital that we explore these now to understand where you are able to play #yourpart in getting pupils back to school. Based on the current national restrictions, parents would only be able to transport their own children to school.
Please complete the survey by Sunday 28 June.
Childcare Hubs – transition to Summer Activity Hubs
Our current provision of Childcare Hubs for vulnerable children and the children of key workers will remain in place until the end of term, however from Monday 22 June these will move and be provided in secondary school venues.
This will provide a transitional period to support the young people using them as our Summer Activity Hubs will all be based in these venues from 1 July. It also enables preparations for August to start in the schools where hubs have been based to date.
Further details of the Summer Activity Hubs will be provided next week.
SBC have developed an initial set of frequently asked questions on their website. We know that you will have many questions and will continue to provide regular updates over the coming weeks, including over the summer holidays, on all aspects of the return of pupils to schools.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during these unpredictable and challenging times. We remain fully committed to our young people at West Linton Primary School and almost all of our pupils are now using Microsoft Teams to engage with Home Learning tasks as well as being able to talk to their teachers and classmates.
If you are having technical difficulties, please contact the school number, where Mrs Walker and I continue to pick up calls remotely.
Please keep an eye on your GroupCall messenger for updates from Scottish Borders Council on matters affecting you and your child. Keep safe and healthy and continue to follow us for regular updates on Twitter @WestLintonPS