Councillors agree start date for Falkirk schools

Falkirk schools will keep to the ‘blended learning’ arrangements previously announced to families for the the first two weeks of the new term to allow pupils and staff to adjust to being back at school after more than four months.

By Kirsty Paterson
Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 4:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 4:10 pm

That means staff will return on Monday, August 10 for two days of in-service and pupils will return on a phased basis from Wednesday, August 12.

From August 24, all pupils should be back at school full-time – unless there is a new wave of the virus or any local spikes.

The ‘soft start’ will help pupils and staff get to grips with new infection control measures that will be in place in schools.

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Pupils and many staff will have been out of classrooms for four months come the new term

It also means that primary one and S1 pupils, who have missed out on transition experiences, will be able to find their feet before the rest of the pupils return.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Falkirk Council’s emergency executive today (Tuesday).

Pupils will return full-time on August 24, although this is dependent on the coronavirus remaining at low levels locally.

If there is a spike in virus transmissions, the arrangements that had been made for a part-time return to school will be used.

The meeting also confirmed that nurseries that are able to offer 1140 hours of nursery education will do so from August 24.

Full details will follow.

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