South Ayrshire Council Schools Update
We have been working hard over the last few weeks to prepare for the safe return of young people when the new school term begins on 11 August.
Safety is our priority and our plans have been developed in line with government guidance.
We have also taken into account transport limitations and the views of parents – 7,412 parents completed our education recovery survey and we used their feedback to help us in our planning.
This has been a very complex exercise and schools have done everything they can to maximise the time young people can spend in school.
Every school is unique – in space available, layout and in pupil and teacher numbers. This means that we can't have a one size fits all approach and most pupils will attend school for part of each week, with face to face learning supplemented by online and blended learning from home.
Schools will contact parents directly over the next few days with information on their child or children's pattern of attendance. We will also publish details on our website from next week.
We understand this is a very challenging time for pupils, parents, teachers and school staff. We will relax these temporary measures as soon as government guidance allows.
Please be assured we are doing everything we can to give pupils the best learning experience possible.
Councillor William Grant, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said 'I'd like to thank schools, parents and young people for their hard work over the last 12 weeks to make sure our pupils' learning has been supported. We've received very positive feedback from parents on the creative ways in which schools have adapted to home learning during the lockdown period.
I'd like to recognise the exceptional efforts of education staff who have worked so hard to develop plans for the autumn term. I know that young people are keen to get back to school, but unfortunately national restrictions mean pupils can't all return as normal on 11 August. Schools have done everything they can to make sure that, from August, young people will spend as much time in school as possible.
I appreciate that these are difficult times and we are all keen to return to normal and I'd ask for your patience and support until these restrictions are eased.
I'd like to wish all our young people an enjoyable summer break and look forward to welcoming you back in August.