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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening

Published: 16 Feb 2021

Guidance on arrangements for the phased reopening of schools in February/March 2021.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening
Communication

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Communicating with families

Local authorities and schools should ensure arrangements are put in place to  communicate what the phased return from 22 February means for individual families as soon as is practically possible, and continue to communicate regularly thereafter. Consideration should be given to matters such as the needs of separated parents (having regard to the appropriateness of both parents being provided with information), parents for whom English is an additional language and parents/carers with disabilities. The importance of adhering to mitigations should also be reinforced with all members of the school community.

Work is also underway with partners at national level to develop information for children, young people and their families about the phased return; for both families with children returning to nursery and school from 22 February and those with children continuing to learn at home. It aims to provide clarity for parents, school staff and children and young people on how the scientific evidence/clinical advice translates into Government decisions and help to reduce anxiety for children, young people, parents and school staff through positive messaging on what is in place (testing, vaccinations, other mitigations etc). The importance of compliance with all protection measures (in school and in the community) will be integral to this.

Guidance for early learning and childcare settings, schools and local authorities on communicating with and reporting to parents during COVID-19 and supporting parents and pupils with learning at home during COVID-19 is available on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub.

Information to support parents includes:

When children and young people are learning at home, schools and local authorities should ensure communication with families to maximise engagement in learning, offering any support or advice that may be needed. This may include, for example, local authorities working to ensure provision of devices and/or internet connectivity where necessary.

Young Scot have updated their guidance for children and young people to include information on the arrangements for the start of term from January 2021