South Ayrshire plans for pupils to return in August
We know that the last few months have been challenging for young people, teaching staff and parents.
Our education staff have gone above and beyond to support pupils to learn from home over the last 12 weeks.
South Ayrshire schools break up for summer tomorrow and we have been working hard on plans for blended learning for the new school year in August. We'd like to thank the pupils, parents and carers who took part in our 'Recovery of Schools and Early Years Centres' survey. Their feedback helped to shape our plans for blended learning.
We now know that we may not need to put these blended learning plans in place, as the Scottish Government announced this week that schools can expect to re-open full-time in August, with no social distancing for pupils, if the virus continues to be supressed.
Douglas Hutchison, Director- People and Depute Chief Executive said:
"We intend to do everything possible to make sure schools can reopen fully, but we need to ensure the health and safety of all pupils and staff members.
"Schools will now work to make a number of changes before pupils return. The summer break is due to begin this week, and the late announcement from the Scottish Government gives us limited time to make these changes.
"We intend to continue with a planned start date of August 12, but the first week will be a 'soft start'. This means that pupils may not be in school full days, or every day for the first three days of term, but we aim to have everyone back in school full time by Monday 17 August.
"We'll keep in touch with pupils, parents and carers over the next few weeks to confirm specific details for each school.
"While many things are uncertain at the moment, one thing is crystal clear, and that is the commitment of teachers, and all staff, to make sure our young people get the best possible chance to recover what has been lost.
"I'd like to say a huge thank you to all teachers and education staff for their continuous hard work and dedication."
Councillor William Grant, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said: "I'd like to thank parents and carers for their support during this difficult time.
"I'm really proud of all school staff for their innovation and creativity in developing new ways for young people to learn. They have worked tirelessly to support our young people over the last three months, and I want to extend my thanks for their continued dedication.
"Finally, I want to recognise our amazing young people who have shown remarkable resilience and a commitment to learning.
"I wish them a great summer break and hope they come back refreshed, and ready to learn."
For information on schools and education in South Ayrshire visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/schools/
A short video created to mark the end of term can be viewed here