There have been a number of significant Scottish Government announcements this week with regards to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and it’s important that we share these key updates with you.
On Thursday (29 October), the First Minister revealed that Stirling Council would be placed in tier 3 of the new Covid-19 protection levels. This is the second highest of the 5-level system and Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils have been allocated the same level.
These restrictions will come into force at 6am on Monday (2 November) and will reviewed weekly by the Scottish Government.
You can view the details of these measures on the Scottish Government website and a post code checker will go live on Monday on the Scottish Government website that will let you find out exactly what the rules are in the Stirling Council area at any given time.
To take account of this new approach, today (30 Oct) updated guidance was issued by the Government for schools and nurseries on the use of face coverings, physical distancing and other related matters.
More details on this can be found on the Scottish Government website but some of the key points are:
- At tier levels 3-4, face coverings should be worn in classrooms by senior phase (S4-S6) pupils and staff.
- Parents and other visitors should wear face coverings to the school or nursery site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.
- Face coverings should be worn by staff where they cannot keep two metres apart from other adults and/or children in primary and secondary schools (some exceptions apply for P1-2).
- Face coverings should be used by staff and other adults across all school and nursery settings when not working directly with children, for example when moving around settings or when in staff rooms and administrative areas.
- Those supporting children with Additional Support Needs who routinely have to work within two metres of children and young people should wear face coverings as a general rule.
These measures will also take effect from 6am, Monday, 2 November, and please remember that existing guidance, including on the wearing of face coverings on school transport still applies. Further details are available on the Stirling Council website.
At this time, it is also important to remind families of the need to adhere to the national guidance if someone in your household is required to self-isolate if they test positive or are identified as a close contact of a person who has a positive test or are awaiting the results of a test. Please see the NHS Inform website for more information.
Ahead of Halloween this weekend and with other traditional community events on the horizon, such as Bonfire Night, I know there will be a temptation for mass gatherings but with the virus still very much a threat, I would ask you remind our young people to follow the national guidance and avoid mass gatherings in particular.
I know these are challenging and uncertain times for everyone and again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support, understanding and resilience.
Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council Chief Operating Officer (People) and Chief Education Officer
Last updated: Friday, November 6, 2020 3:23 PM