Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Schools, children and families

Return to schools

The 2021/22 school term will begin for pupils on 18 August.

We will continue to follow all Scottish Government guidance around the re-opening of our schools.

There is no requirement for pupils in school or on school transport to observe two-metre physical distancing.  Pupils should however continue to wear face coverings on school transport, and for secondary school pupils, in the classroom, in communal areas, and when moving around the school. Pupils using school transport are also encouraged to ensure they wash or sanitise their hands before boarding. Additionally, pupils should come to school dressed to take account of changing temperatures, as windows will be open when they are indoors.

Covid-19 cases in schools

We have taken many precautions in our schools to limit the areas pupils access and the people they have contact with. This limits the spread of the virus and means that, if a positive case of Covid-19 is identified in a school, Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person.

Parents/carers of children who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case will receive a letter from the school and/or a telephone call from 'Test & Protect' asking them to stay home for 10 days.

If your child is asked to stay home because they have been in contact with a confirmed case at school, other household members do not need to self-isolate providing all household members are well. Siblings can continue to attend school if they have not been identified as a close contact and no one in the household is unwell.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health then your child can continue to attend school providing they and the rest of the household are well.

See our for guidance on reporting sickness absence if your child becomes unwell during the current pandemic.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school.  You should arrange for your child to be tested and all household members should stay at home during this time. 

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform.  

If the test is positive your child should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.

If your child becomes unwell

If your child becomes unwell at any time with:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A fever
  • A change in or loss of sense of smell or taste

The whole household should self-isolate and anyone else in the household with symptoms listed above should also be tested.

Further information on self-isolation and how to book at test can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Sources of advice and support

NHS Tayside's Test and Protect Team operates from 8am until 8pm 7 days per week. The contact number for the Tayside Contact Tracing Team is 01382 424061.

If you require further advice, please contact the National COVID-19 Helpline (0800 028 2816).

If you require support in order to self isolate, you can find details of assistance available on Tayside Cares and on our Self Isolation Support Grants page.

Scottish Government guidance

We are following key national guidance issued by the Scottish Government to help ensure a safe and effective return to school for children, young people and staff:

Higher and Advanced Higher exams

Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced on Tuesday 8 December 2020 that the 2021 Higher and Advanced Higher examinations have been cancelled. Perth & Kinross Council remains committed to providing the best educational experience for all of our children and young people.

All of our school staff have worked extremely hard throughout the pandemic in very different and unusual circumstances and will continue to do so in the face of each new challenge.

Our teachers are well placed to assess the work of their pupils over the course of the school year and this will ensure all of our children and young people, some of whom may miss extended periods of class time because of Coronavirus, are graded fairly for their work.

Free School Meal direct payments - Summer 2021 holiday

Following the previous decision to provide direct payments for free school meals during the summer, winter and Easter holiday periods, these payments will continue to be provided over the Summer 2021 holiday period for those families entitled to free school meals who receive a qualifying benefit.  These payments will be made from 25 June 2021 and will be paid fortnightly.

If you were in receipt of a qualifying benefit (listed below), your child received free school meals as at 24 June 2021, and you received a school clothing grant during school session 2020/21, you do not need to contact us - a payment will be made automatically to you. Education and Children's Services will contact parents directly where bank account details are not currently held.   If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit for free school meals but did not receive a school clothing grant, please contact us at ECSSchools@pkc.gov.uk.

Qualifying benefits are:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income based Job Seeker's Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is less than £7,330
  • If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school meals for yourself
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610

Family pandemic payment for low income families

Along with the free school meal direct payments, families who qualify for these payments will also receive £100 per school age child (current P1 - S6 pupils) from the Scottish Government to support them through the summer months. 

These payments will also be made by the Council from 25 June 2021.

There will be no restrictions on how families choose to spend this additional payment. This payment can be disregarded for the purposes of benefits income.

N.B. Children receiving Free School Meals based on universal provision (P1 - P3, extending to P4 from August 2021), and those currently receiving free lunches in Early Learning and Childcare settings, are not eligible for this payment.  

An application for free school meal and assistance with school clothing/footwear must have been submitted before the end of term on 24 June 2021 to qualify for this payment. Any claims for free school meal and assistance with school clothing/footwear made after 24 June 2021 are not eligible for this payment.

Remote Learning Hub

The Council's Education and Children's Services has established a Remote Learning Hub. The site has been created for parents, pupils and staff to access key information and guidance whilst working and learning from home during school closures. Specific sections have been created to allow for ease of use and to ensure you can access the information that is most appropriate for you. The Remote Learning Hub will be updated regularly with the latest information and added to ensure the content and messages are current. We hope parents, pupils and staff will find the site, and the information it provides, to be useful. We have also created a icon quick guide [536Kb] to remote learning and the support available for parents and carers when helping their children with this.

Returning from a country that's on the quarantine list

If your child has returned from a country that is on the quarantine list, please do not send them to school until they have completed the 14 days quarantine period.

Guidance for planning un-regulated play

Children and young people can now take part in organised play activities under Level 1. Play Scotland have produced guidelines for unregulated, informal play sessions to support the play sector as activities begin to re-open or are planning to re-open organised activities.

All organisations must follow the current Scottish Government guidance around these activities for children. 

Contact us 

If you have queries about provision for your children, please call 0345 30 111 00 or email ecsschools@pkc.gov.uk.