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Coronavirus Education and Children Updates

Stirling Council’s Education, Children and Families' teams are preparing to deliver their services in a flexible new way following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Our focus in the coming weeks will be on the provision of:

  • Free school meals
  • Temporary childcare for essential workers
  • Flexible learning and education
  • An advice line and online resources for those who are seeking advice about a child or young person
  • Child protection advice during the current situation

From Monday the 23rd of March 2020 packed lunches have been delivered to homes for all children from P1 to S6 who are entitled to free school meals.

Please note: lunches will not be provided for all children in P1 to P3 as is the current position; it is only for those in receipt of the footwear and clothing grant.

The packed lunches will be delivered to home addresses of all eligible children from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm.

Since the 25th of March we have moved to making double and triple deliveries of packed lunches. This allows drivers and catering staff involved in this challenging operation to participate in other essential work during this national emergency. 

The latest schedule for deliveries is:

  • Tuesday, 7 April - triple delivery
  • Friday, 10 April - double delivery.

Please note if there is no one home when the delivery arrives, we are unable to leave the lunches.

If you need to report a problem with free school meals please complete the form below. 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. 

Please note: The delivery of free school meals will also continue during the Easter/Spring holidays.

Free School Meal Delivery Enquiry Form

Stirling Council is now in its first phase of delivering alternative care arrangements for essential workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff worked over the weekend (21st to 22nd of March) to establish five childcare hubs for children with parents working in essential roles. From 23 March they started operation in locations across the Stirling Council area.

We would like to thank all staff involved for their dedication and professionalism in putting these arrangements in place in such a short timescale.  

The initial priority was for children with a parent in a category 1 role when no other non-essential working parent is available.

If you have not been contacted and offered a place it could be that your application is being considered in phase 2 which will be processed from today.

If you are a category one worker and have not been contacted please phone the hub in the location you applied for:

  • Callander – McLaren High School (01786 237973)
  • Cowie – St Margaret’s Primary School (01786 237954)
  • Killearn – Killearn Primary School (01360 550025)
  • St Ninians – St Ninians Primary School (01786 237975)
  • Dunblane – Dunblane Primary School (01786 822351)

For any other temporary childcare enquiries for essential workers please contact us via: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/contact-us/general-enquiries/   

Remote learning will not continue during the Easter/Spring holidays. Leadership teams will stay in contact with some children who need additional support during this time.

Digital learning
Schools are finding creative ways to support young people in their learning during this emergency situation. Where possible and where appropriate some schools are being supported to engage in online learning.

Our Glow platform has groups and resources for all age levels which children and young people can access with their Glow login. Each group has links to useful websites which can be accessed at home. The team is developing a site to share these links with parents. 

The Council’s Youth Participation team is also organising a variety of fun activities and competitions on its social media channels:

National qualifications
On 2 April, the SQA published guidance for learners, parents and carers for this year’s qualifications:

This is available as a downloadable PDF or via the SQA Website under the section: SQA Certification 2020 - Guidance for learners, parents and carers

All Stirling Schools will work with the SQA and follow SQA’s processes to ensure that, given this unprecedented situation, our young people’s hard work is rightly and fairly recognised. 

Please do not contact schools regarding estimate grades.

On 26 March, the SQA and Colleges Scotland issued a joint update on Higher National Certificates (HNCs).
You can read the full statement here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93717.html

On 24 March, the SQA issued an update on national qualifications (NQs). This year schools and colleges will not be required to submit coursework for marking in Higher and Advanced Higher courses. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking. 
Read the statement from the SQA here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93658.html

Following a statement issued 22 March by the Scottish Government S4 to S6 pupils should not attend school to complete SQA coursework. Where coursework can be completed safely at home schools will support young people to do so.

Learning updates
All parents, families and children will be contacted by their school or nursery to confirm more details for the weeks ahead. Please look out for communication from your own school or nursery for further information.


Stirling Council has set up a dedicated telephone advice line and email enquiry service for those seeking advice about children and young people’s support needs, learning and well being during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Information and advice for adults within the wider Stirling community is also being developed and information will be available soon.

You can contact the advice line by either:

  • Telephone - 01786 404040, Option 5 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm)
  • Email Us 
  • Contact Form – which can be completed below – please ensure you leave your preferred contact details - i.e. telephone number or email address.

We will endeavour to respond to your query within one hour.

We also have online information that can be accessed at Stirling Educational Psychology Blog.

This provides information, advice and practical guidance for parents/carers and for children and young people on a range of subjects. These include: looking after our well being, talking to your child about the Coronavirus, activities for learning at home and useful links to websites that can provide additional information.

The online information will continue to develop with additional information added over time.

 

Coronavirus Advice Form

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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.