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Schools Planning for Reopening

Updated: Jun 7

Thousands of people have responded to an online poll run by Perth & Kinross Council about the reopening of schools. The Scottish Government wants all schools in Scotland to open on August 11

, if scientific advice
says it is safe to do so. However, the need to maintain safe physical distancing measures means pupils are likely to have a mix of classroom and home learning. This means pupils will not be back in school full-time so the Council started a process of consultation by asking parents if they would prefer their children to be at school for two to three days each week or to attend on a one week on, one week off basis. More than 12,000 people responded to the poll by Perth & Kinross Council on Facebook and Twitter in less than 24 hours. Headteachers will use this information when considering what the blended model of in school and at home learning could look like at their school. Sheena Devlin, Executive Director (Education and Children’s Services), said: “The poll was an informal way of finding out how parents and carers are feeling about the possible return to school in August and what pattern of attendance might be preferred. “There was a huge response with lots of really useful feedback and comments, and it’s also been helpful to hear the concerns many parents and carers have about what the blend of home and school learning could mean for them.“ “It has been a challenging time for so many families and it is important for us to hear from parents and carers about their experiences. “We know that supporting home learning can be difficult so are looking at ways to make it as easy as possible. “As an employer, we recognise many of our staff will have childcare concerns and so we will be as flexible as possible to help them in that regard and hope other employers will do the same.” The August 11 start date will mean term begins earlier for Perth and Kinross pupils than originally planned. A letter has been sent to all parents regarding the development of plans for a return to school from August 11, and schools will communicate directly with parents and carers to keep them updated as plans progress. Ms Devlin added: “Planning is underway for the transition back to face-to-face learning in all schools in Perth and Kinross.  Our local delivery plan for this will be informed by the most current scientific public health advice and measures.  "We are working with our headteachers and their teams to develop new models of learning, which will ensure adherence to safeguarding protocols such as appropriate physical distancing; and which are likely to include a blend of in school and at home learning for almost all children. "Health and safety guidance, including risk assessments, will be in place for when teachers return to schools to prepare them for re-opening. We will ensure that there is clear communication with parents, carers and young people as more details are developed for each setting, including for early learning and childcare.”



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