Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 8

Dear parent/carer,

Please see below an update from South Lanarkshire Council regarding childcare for key workers.

Schools and nurseries

All schools and nurseries in Scotland closed after Friday 20 March 2020 following government advice in relation to the national effort to tackle the coronavirus issue.

As part of that effort South Lanarkshire Council has been continuing to develop its arrangements to provide childcare support for key workers.

Our schools opened for this specific purpose on Monday 23 March and will be open on Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March. However, from Thursday 24 March we will move towards a hub model, where a smaller number of schools will be open to provide childcare for Early Years and school age children.

These hubs will be in 20 primary schools offering a geographical spread across the council area. On Thursday 24 March and Friday 25 March childcare will be available for the same groups of key workers who already have been able to access childcare since the start of this week.

That is children of parents/carers who are:

staff working for the NHS
staff working in health and social care
staff working in the police
staff working for the fire and rescue service
staff working for the ambulance service
staff working for the prison service
energy workers
social workers

As before, places are only open to those families whose children are well and healthy and who cannot secure personal, alternative childcare arrangements.

This has been a fast-developing situation and these are transitional arrangements. As the childcare hub model is further developed after this week we will extend childcare provision to other categories of key workers.

To ensure appropriate staffing levels, parents/carers will need to apply for a childcare place in one of the hubs. Eligibility criteria are at the start of the form which can be found at:

https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200228/health_and_medical_information/1863/coronavirus_covid-19_advice/9?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

There is an initial deadline of 9am on Wednesday 25 March 2020 for anyone seeking childcare places at one of the hubs. However, applications received after this time will be allocated based on availability.

Senior phase pupils

In response to the latest public health advice relating to social distancing and the recent statement by the First Minister, the SLC position regarding young people in the senior phase who have SQA coursework to complete is that they should NOT attend school for this purpose.

Pupils and parents are understandably anxious about the potential impact of the cancellation of SQA examinations for the longer term. Please be assured that SLC will engage with the SQA and other national bodies to work towards measured and proportionate solutions to safeguard the qualifications and prospects of the young people affected.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist with any application or you require any further information.

Kindest regards

Andy Gray

Head Teacher

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