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Perth and Kinross

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Whole school update from Miss Robertson, Head Teacher

 

School Closure Update - 22 March 2020, 1930hrs

Given the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer, and in accordance with the statement made by the First Minister today, we are updating our information on access to schools. All Perth & Kinross Council schools and nurseries will be closed to all staff, children and young people from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.

We are working very hard to set up children’s activity centres (hubs). In line with First Minister’s advice, these will be available for Category 1 key workers, defined as:

Health and care workers and associated staff who are directly supporting the coronavirus response; health and care workers supporting life-threatening emergency work; those providing critical primary and community care provision; some Energy supply workers; staff providing education / childcare to others in this category.

Only once we have secured provision for the children of these workers will we be able to consider other groups. We hope to have activity centres up and running by Thursday 26 March 2020. Information about these activity centres will follow in due course for the targeted groups.

Systems are in place to support vulnerable children and young people, including online services and support from children and families teams, who will be in touch with identified individuals.

The SQA will be developing an assessment process and more details will follow. In response to a further update on the social distancing advice, a decision has been taken to cancel the provision of meals in school buildings next week.  We will provide direct payments to families entitled to free school meals with the first payment being made this week. If you have not made an application for free school meals (likely to Primary 1 to Primary 3 pupils) parents should email ecsschools@pkc.gov.uk or call 0345 300 111 00 to let us know bank details to process payment.

If you have queries about provision for your children please call 0345 300 111 00. This line will be open from 8.45am on Monday 23 March. 

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Given the current situation with COVID 19 those young people who are in receipt of EMA and who are unable to meet their agreed attendance requirements either through self-isolating, contracting the virus or through the learning institution being closed will continue to receive their EMA payment.  All queries should be emailed to our generic address EMA@pkc.gov.uk

Message from Sheena Devlin, Executive Director, Education & Children's Service, Perth & Kinross Council