Schools in Edinburgh will be closed to pupils on Friday’s after lockdown.
Detailed arrangements are being put in place by the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure the safest return possible for pupils and staff.
Following the announcement by the Scottish Government last month, all pupils will return on Wednesday 12th August, a week earlier than programmed.
In accordance with national guidance, social distancing, hygiene regimes and risk assessments will be essential to keep children and staff safe, with the result that not all children will be able to return to school at the same time.
As such, schools are planning that 33% of their pupils will be in school at any one time. Every pupil will have a mix of teaching in school and learning at home and the days they attend will be determined by their school.
Teaching will take place from Mondays to Thursdays with all children attending for whole day and Fridays used by staff to support home learning. Limited key worker childcare support will continue throughout the week including Fridays during normal school hours.
Nursery and primary children will be grouped together to enable family members to attend school on the same days. In secondary schools, pupils will be grouped together either by year group or family group depending on the individual arrangements made by their school.
Pupils at special schools will be in for 50% of the week with the majority offering two full days in school and the rest as home learning.
Individual schools will be in direct contact with parents/carers to let them know final details of the arrangements for pupils.
Lunches for kids in schools will also consist of soup and sandwiches.
As schools are starting a week earlier than planned, the summer holidays in 2021 will begin one week earlier, with the school year finishing on Friday 25 June.