Schools will re-open after the summer break on 11 August – one week earlier than scheduled – as part of a national agreement. This will be subject to scientific advice on the COVID-19 situation at the time.
Staff will begin to return to Stirling Council schools from 1 June in small groups to create a new learning environment that complies with physical distancing restrictions and other national guidance.
With smaller class sizes, a blended model of education will be implemented, combining in-school and home learning.
Given the varying sizes, locations and distinct needs of schools across the Stirling Council area, there won’t be a uniform approach in the application of these measures.
Schools have been using a range of innovative ways to support pupils transitioning to primary or secondary schools in the new term, and arrangements are being organised for an enhanced transition programme for some pupils.
Work is well underway
Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “The coronavirus crisis has been an extremely challenging period for our young people, families, teachers and other school staff.
“After the closure of schools in March, our priority throughout the current crisis has been to ensure learning could continue as much as possible through a blended approach of digital tools and paper resources.
“We welcome the news that schools will re-open to children and young people in August, and work is well underway to implement a mix of class-based and at-home learning which meets the specific needs of each setting.
“Our aim will be to provide an enjoyable and enriching learning environment, though the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff will always come first.”
The highest quality of education
Vice Convener of the Committee, Christine Simpson said: “We understand how difficult and uncertain a time this has been for families, and we will continue to share information on these new arrangements as plans are finalised over the coming weeks.
“Although the school experience will be different until we emerge from the crisis, we remain committed to providing the highest quality of education for our children and young people so they can achieve their potential.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents, carers, children and young people for their patience and support during the pandemic, and also recognise the commitment and hard work of teachers and staff who have risen to the challenge time and time again.”
For all the latest Stirling Council education updates during Coronavirus (COVID-19), please use the following link: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/coronavirus-education-updates/
The Scottish Government resource, Parent Club, has answers about how these school arrangements will affect your family: www.parentclub.scot/easing-restrictions-in-scotland
The NHS Inform website is producing regularly updated guidance on COVID-19 and we would recommend this as the best resource for the latest information and advice.
Residents in need of care, essential supplies or support can contact 01786 404040 and have their requirements formally recorded by Stirling Council’s community response teams. You can also fill in our Support for People online form.