Stirling Council’s Education, Children and Families' teams are continuing to deliver their services in a flexible new way during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Schools and nurseries reopened on 12 August, 2020, but we know this remains an uncertain and challenging time for families, with a new tiered framework of local restrictions coming into force on Monday, 2 November. 

Our FAQs section provides key information on the latest national and local guidance across all our education settings

It also includes a letter that was issued to parents and carers on 30 October following the announcement of new guidelines for schools and nurseries around face coverings and physical distancing. 

Stirling Council welcomed children and young people back to school and nursery on August 12 following a Scottish Government announcement on 30 July. 

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the COVID-19 route map, the First Minister confirmed that the latest scientific advice and evidence supported the safe return of pupils to school.

The Council had been working towards a return to full-time schooling after the summer break in line with ongoing Scottish Government guidance.

Individual schools shared arrangements for this return with parents, carers and young people.

Stirling Council nurseries also reopened to children on 12 August after new guidance was published by the Scottish Government confirming it was safe to do so.

As required by the Scottish Government, contingency plans for a blended learning model, with pupils attending school and nursery on some days and learning at home on others, remains in place. 

Click on the links below to view the letters shared with parents and carers in the Stirling Council area over the summer and the news story confirming the re-opening of schools and nurseries from 12 August. 

News story on the reopening of schools and nurseries (31 July)

Letter to parents and carers (24 June)

Letter to parents and carers (9 June)

Although children and young people are back at school and nursery, this remains a fast-moving situation and we are regularly updating our FAQs on the reopening of all our settings. Please click here to view the latest information and guidance. 

For details on the Scottish Government’s decision to fully reopen schools, including a link to the updated guidance, please head to the Scottish Government website.

The guidance on the reopening of early learning and childcare settings can also be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

With children and young people now back at school and nursery, the delivery of free school meals to families has ceased. Stirling Council will continue to deliver free school meals to families during the summer break following additional funding from the Scottish Government.

To request access to the scheme, please fill in this online form.

From Monday, 29, June, there will be a weekly delivery of groceries to homes of children who are entitled to free school meals.

Each delivery will take place on a Monday and will contain a week’s work of groceries to produce packed lunches. The last delivery will be on 3 August.

Since lockdown began on 23 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council staff across a range of services have to date delivered more than 124,000 packed lunches to pupils entitled to free school meals.

The final delivery of this successful programme will be on Tuesday, 23 June, and a flyer will be included with details on the six-week summer programme.

Other key details:

  • Families who opted out of the current scheme will be automatically reinstated for the summer deliveries unless they fill out a form to opt out.
  • For children in P1 to P3, lunches will only be provided to those in receipt of the footwear and clothing grant.
  • You can apply for the footwear and clothing grant online.
  • If there is no one home when the delivery arrives, staff will be unable to leave the grocery pack.
  • Each week, the groceries will be slightly different.

More information:

If you have not yet registered to receive this entitlement or if your circumstances have changed due to COVID-19 and your income has reduced, contact stringerj@stirling.gov.uk to discuss your child’s entitlement. Please include your name, address and your child’s name and date of birth.

To report a problem with our free school meals provision, please complete this form. If you have already reported an issue that has not been dealt with yet, please complete the form and add the details into the comments section. 

Stirling Council is continuing to deliver alternative care arrangements for essential workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

From 23 March, our hubs started operating, providing care for more than 300 children.

On 21 May, the Scottish Government announced that the hubs will continue to run over the summer.

Parents and carers who are categorised as essential workers and require childcare for this age-group can make a request via our website.   

Please contact us via: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/contact-us/general-enquiries/

 

National qualifications

Information on support for young people on Results Day 2020 (4 August), including helpline numbers, is available at the SQA website.

For our new story on this year's results, which includes support and helpline numbers, please click here

Please see below for recent key statements and updates from the SQA on the 2019/2020 academic year:

On 19 June, the SQA published a statement and guidance relating to the appeals process for this year's national qualifications: 

On 3 June, the SQA provided a new update on the alternative certification model for this year's national qualifications:

We will continue to be guided by the Scottish Government and the SQA for the 2020/2021 national qualifications.

The Scottish Government has made funding available, through a Transitional Support Fund, for childcare providers to support them to adapt their settings safely to reopen during the Covid Pandemic. For details and to apply for funding, please click here

Eligible childcare providers can apply for these grant funds from 3 September 2020

 

It is now more important than ever that everyone across Stirling keeps their eyes and ears open for children at risk of neglect and abuse during the COVID-19 outbreak.

All communities can do their bit to protect children from harm. If you are worried at all about a child’s welfare, it is much better to say something than do nothing.

If you are worried about a child, you can contact us to report concerns.

During the day you can contact Stirling Council Social Work with concerns on 01786 471177.

Out of Hours (after 5pm and weekends) you can contact the team on 01786 470500.

If it is an emergency, contact the Police: 999 emergency number or 101.

With schools being closed, children will be spending more time online and websites such as www.net-aware.org.uk or www.thinkuknow.co.uk help people report abuse and offer information on how to minimise potential risks from others online.

Stirling Council has been progressing plans to continue supporting vulnerable children and young people following school closures on 20 March. Guidance for Children’s Service staff has been developed with a focus on the following groups of children:

  • Those on the child protection register, those who are looked after (including kinship care) and, those on the edge of care.
  • Children in receipt of Free School Meals.
  • Children and young people who have complex additional support needs.
  • Children and young people affected by poverty and deprivation.

 A wide range of supports are currently being provided, including:

  • School staff and social work colleagues making regular daily or weekly contact by telephone, email or social media, with vulnerable families, with some dropping off meals or learning packs.
  • Delivery of free school meals is ongoing with a plan for support workers to deliver these to families.
  • School staff are providing access to a variety of educational materials including learning packs and online learning
  • Support services such as the Stirling Inclusion Support Service, ASN Outreach, Educational Psychology Service, the Parent and Family Support Team are making regular contact with parent/carers, children and young people, who have additional support needs and where concerns are present, regarding increased vulnerability.
  • An online resource is available here for parent/carers and for children/young people providing advice, support and information covering topics such as health and wellbeing and learning activities at home.
  • An advice line has been set up for those working with children and young people who have concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing. You can access further information here
  • A Wellbeing Service for young people aged 12 years and above has also been launched. It offers support for young people who might be feeling anxious or worried about the current situation, who might be feeling more isolated from their peers or who might have concerns about exams and their future. Further information can be found here

We are also continuing with existing good practice such as hosting a virtual Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting when concerns exist about a child or young person’s care or wellbeing. The parent/carer will be invited to join a virtual TAC discussion or will have provided consent for professionals to host TAC discussion.

Further bespoke supports can also be explored by the TAC to ensure that each approach is individualised to support a child or young person’s profile of needs.

If you require any further information, please contact us via: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/contact-us/general-enquiries/   

Stirling Council is trialling a new free online ordering service to ensure young people are ‘period protected’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With school collection points temporarily closed due to the current crisis, the local authority has teamed up Scottish social enterprise, Hey Girls, so pupils and young people can continue to access free sanitary products.

You can use the service if you are aged up to 25, and live, go to school or work/volunteer in the Stirling Council area. A Stirling postcode must be provided for delivery.

Young people in Stirling can order the products via the Young Scot website, with a range of products available across four care packs.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the trial was originally open until 25 May but orders can still be submitted.

Thanks to all those who have submitted orders so far - round one of the deliveries are now being arranged and delivered to homes. 

Please note that products may take up to six weeks to arrive once ordered. We will work to keep this time as short as possible but we also want you to plan ahead.  If you don’t receive your order after six weeks please email: SPandYP@stirling.gov.uk

For more details and to make an order, visit: https://www.young.scot/get-informed/stirling/period-protected-during-covid-19

Application forms for Footwear and Clothing Grants for school session 2020/2021 are now available on the Stirling Council website:
https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/schools/school-meals-uniforms/footwear-clothing-grant-school-meals/

Application forms for the Education Maintenance Allowance are also now available:
https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/schools/school-meals-uniforms/education-maintenance-allowance-ema/

For information on applying for childcare in Stirling Council nurseries and funded providers in the private, voluntary and independent sector, including childminders, please follow this link: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/early-learning-childcare/applying-for-childcare/

 

 

Support services

Parent Club is a website that provides up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education during the COVID-19 pandemic:
https://www.parentclub.scot/

If you a young person and are looking for more info about coronavirus (COVID-19), the Young Scot website has all this, along with details if you are looking for support or help: https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

It's ok not to feel yourself during the current crisis. For tips, advice and support to get through these challenging times, head to: https://clearyourhead.scot/

Key Scottish Government resources

To view the Scottish Government’s plans for the phased re-opening of schools, please follow this link:
https://www.gov.scot/news/schools-re-opening-guidance/

To view the Scottish Government's news story and framework for the re-opening of schools and nurseries, please follow this link: https://www.gov.scot/news/schools-to-re-open-in-august/

The main Scottish Government COVID-19 webpage can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Last updated: Friday, October 30, 2020 6:06 PM