Early Learning and Childcare Arrangements – August 2020

Please see below a copy of our letter issued directly to all returning and new parents of children attending the nursery (ELC Centre) next session.

ELC Updated Procedures 060820 Final copy

The ELC team are looking forward to seeing our returning families and children once again,  as well as welcoming new families over the next few weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Cully



Reopening Update. School. August 2020

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with our new arrangements for reopening from 12 August 2020. We all look forward to welcoming our children back to school from Wednesday 12 August 2020.  The letter below has important information regarding start times and procedures for adults to follow.

Strathdevon. Reopening Information for Parents. August 2020

If you have any concerns specific to your child starting back. These may be social or emotional concerns or changes in medical information etc which you feel we should know before Wednesday then please detail these in summary by email, if you are comfortable doing so, in order that we can make any necessary arrangements to support your family.
All the best
Mrs Cully


Free School Meals – New Arrangements

Please read the letter below regarding new arrangements for FSM. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact freeschoolmeals@clacks.gov.uk

FSM Letter 160420


School Meals and Easter Break

We are still delivering Grab Bag lunches from vans to children who do not have a place at one of our Hubs but are in receipt of clothing and footwear grants.

These will continue to be provided from the van outside Strathdevon daily between 11-11.20. I hope you will take up offer.


Free period products that would normally be available in schools to all girls will be available at the free school meal drop off locations above,  where families can collect a bag containing a one month supply. They will also be available for collection at the entrance to the  three schools that are being used as Hubs – Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies.

Kind regards

Mrs Cully

Free School Meals Survey – closes noon today (26/03/2020)

Dear Families,

To allow us to provide enough meals each day and avoid food waste at this critical time, can you please complete this very short questionnaire by 12 noon on Thursday 26 March.

This is for parents or carers who have a child or children in Primary 4-7 or S1-6 and receive free school meals or is/are in Primary 1-3 and received a school clothing voucher last summer.


The Council is committed to continuing to provide free school meals for children who are now at home.

The meals will be in the form of lunch bags which will be distributed by a Council van which will visit communities across Clackmannanshire on a rota basis.

Details of the rota is available https://www.clacks.gov.uk/coronavirus/learningandchildcareinformation/


COVID19 Childcare and Learning Arrangements Monday 23 March 2020

Clackmannanshire Council has put arrangements in place to ensure that there is emergency provision for NHS health and care workers from tomorrow (Monday 23 March) at:

  • ABC Nursery – children  age 0-5
  • Alloa Academy – school age children 5-14

This will be available for NHS Health and Care Workers who:

  • absolutely must go to work
  • directly support COVID response
  • support life threatening emergency work critical primary and community care provision
  • don’t have other safe child care arrangements eg partners or family members who can provide childcare
  • have children who cannot be left alone at home – we used with a sibling 16 and over, or under S2 as a general guide.

We will have staff on hand from 9 – 6pm, school meal provision and learning and childcare activities.  Staff meeting the criteria can arrive at Alloa Academy or ABC from 9am tomorrow with their children. There will be a registration process and staff from each of our schools and nurseries will be on hand to support children.

From Tuesday, 24th March, the provision will be available from 8am- 6pm.  Other NHS staff who have submitted requests will be contacted by their own Headteacher tomorrow (Monday 23 March) with the intention of distributing numbers across the other two Hubs should this be required.

We are putting these measures in place because we recognise the need to support staff immediately.  As clearer information emerges and also demands from the other category 2 and 3 workers, we will adjust the arrangements as necessary.

Please follow this link for more information and updates


Message from Lorraine Sanda, Chief Education Officer

Schools and Nurseries

As you will be aware, the Scottish Government has made an announcement that schools and nurseries across Scotland are to close after tomorrow (Friday, 20 March). We appreciate that this will cause understandable concern and anxiety not only to parents and carers but also to pupils and staff.

As a Council, we are facing unprecedented times, however we  are well prepared in meeting the challenges and critical provision set out by the Deputy First Minister in his statement to the Scottish Parliament today.

We already have well developed plans for Educational Continuity, and in particular to ensure pupils in S4-S6 can complete course work for national qualifications, now that  the SQA have confirmed cancellation of the examination timetable.  This will be a priority for Alva Academy, Lornshill Academy and Alloa Academy who are putting in place immediate measures for pupils in these year groups.

Learning and teaching for the majority of children and young people will continue remotely using online learning spaces  and materials which have been developed.

We are planning provision for children and families where it is most needed.  This includes ensuring that children of key workers have access to learning and childcare.  We will be working with private and third sector providers.  A questionnaire has been sent out to parents and carers today.

Further details of the plans we are developing will be shared over the coming days and will be updated on our website.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Lorraine Sanda
Chief Education Officer
Clackmannanshire Council
Kilncraigs, 4th Floor
Greenside Street
FK10 1EB
01259 452425