Headteachers across Dumfries and Galloway met online this morning with the Director to progress plans for children and young people to return to school after the summer holiday. The First Minister announced yesterday that it is expected that pupils will return to school on 11 August with measures in place to keep children and staff a safe distance from each other and make sure everything is kept clean and hygienic, so that children can return safely. The national information from Parent Club is available https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/reopening-schools
We understand that the health and safety of your family is your number one priority. The main priority for all schools and early learning and childcare settings will be to look after your children’s safety and wellbeing, and to ensure that they can continue to learn and make good progress.www.parentclub.scot
Locally, there will soon be a Dumfries and Galloway webinar about our Local Authority plans for schools and nurseries– we will share this with parents when we have the details.
However, while the schools are reopening, they won’t be going back to the way they were before. The reason for this is to make sure that children and staff are in as safe an environment as possible. This is likely to mean that not all children can be in our school building at the same time – we will balance this with learning outside and at home. This might mean that pupils will take it in turns to go into school for a few days or a week, and then learn at home for the rest of the time. Pupils will start to spend more time in school as soon as it’s safe to do so. At the moment we are planning what this blend of school and home learning will look like, taking account of the needs of pupils and families, as well as practical arrangements like cleaning and transport.
I will share more detail as soon as I have more information available. Until then, we will still be learning with you at home – keep in touch with me and your child’s teacher to make sure you and your child have the help they need.
Keep safe and well,
Support for parents and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic from RespectMe:
Many of you will be dealing with new and complex challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to offer you reassurance and let you know that we are here to support you. Please check Respectme.org.uk for updated resources for parents and carers and information on our continued delivery of service. Children and young people may be spending more time online at home than usual. For most, the internet will remain a fun and helpful tool to stay connected, however increased time online also comes with risks, and in times of uncertainty incidences of prejudice-based bullying and hate crime can rise. We have created a new tip sheet to help parents and carers keep their children safe when it comes to online bullying. Respectme.org.uk
During COVID19 we will make sure that a food pack is available to all children and young people who meet the criteria for free school meals. This does not include all children in P1-P3 who would normally receive a free meal. The food pack will be delivered to your home or to a collection point of your choice. You need to register to receive this by completing the form online Complete the form today (Tuesday) to ensure you receive a food pack on Friday. https://crowd.in/ABZ5Zh #SupportDG
The link below takes you to Dumfries and Galloway Council COVID19 updates. Please continue to check this on a regular basis.
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Pupils who are entitled to free school meals who are NOT attending a Childcare Hub can collect their lunch between 12.30pm-2pm, Monday-Friday from any secondary school in the region.
If you cannot attend a secondary school to collect your free school meal please email SolutionsCentre@dumgal.gov.uk