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Head of Education, Andrew McClelland writes to families following Depute First Minister's announcement on 23 June 2020

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Head of Education, Andrew McClelland writes to families following Depute First Minister's announcement on 23 June 2020

Posted on 23 Jun 2020

North Ayrshire Council's Head of Education has written the following letter to families after today's (23 June 2020) announcement from the Depute First Minister that local authorities should plan for pupils to return to school full-time from August - if it is safe to do so: 

You will be aware John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, announced today (Tuesday 23 June) the government’s aspiration is for schools and centres to be able to re-open fully from August, provided that a set of criteria is met, including infection rates and protection measures. This is a new planning assumption. Local authority contingency plans for the delivery of blended learning continue to be necessary. 

Therefore, this week, our schools and centres will continue to issue information about the plans they have been developing over the last few weeks, based on 2m physical distancing and the blended learning model announced on Friday.  

Our hope, like that of the DFM, is that resumption of full-time education can commence for North Ayrshire’s children and young people in August. Of course, the safety of our children and staff remains our highest priority and any change to our contingency plans will be dependent on Scottish Government guidance updated regularly over the summer. 

The First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government will now review the scientific assumptions underpinning education recovery as part of their statutory 3-weekly process. It is likely that the next update will be at the beginning of July.

Kind regards, 

Andrew McClelland 

Head of Service (Education)