As you will no doubt be aware, the Deputy First Minster, John Swinney, provided an update to the Scottish Parliament yesterday in which he said:
‘If we stay on track, if we all continue to do what is right, and if we can further suppress this terrible virus, the Government believes that we should prepare for children to be able to return to school full time in August.’
Yesterday’s announcement by the Deputy First Minister outlining the ambition for a full return of pupils in August, if it is safe to do so, is something that we would all welcome.
Of course, there are considerable logistical issues that we will need to address and I will focus on this during the summer period. I am also sure that we will all receive further information from a national perspective that will help us in our preparations. At all times, my overriding priority will be to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
I will communicate with you as soon as I have any further updates and will endeavour to ensure this is done to give families as much time as possible to make any necessary arrangements.
I do not want this to further unsettle any of our children. They have been magnificent throughout this time and I am sure they are as keen as we are to resume their education. We will ensure any communication will also be in a child friendly form to ensure they understand any changes to their school.
We have organised the classes in such a way that, for the vast majority of children, their teacher announced on Monday will remain the same regardless of whether the children are in full time or with the blended learning approach previously communicated.
The staff have worked extremely hard in trying to organise everything for your child to ensure they return to a safe but welcoming environment and I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their commitment, flexibility and genuine care for your children.
Finally, I would like to thank our whole school community for your patience, understanding and support throughout this time.
Take care and stay safe