Coronavirus: Schools, children and families
Return to schools
Children and young people will return to school full-time after the Easter holidays on 19 April; unless they are shielding, in which case they will return on 26 April.
We will continue to follow all Scottish Government guidance around the re-opening of our schools.
There will be 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.
Schools will contact parents/carers directly about the specific arrangements for their child's return to school.
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 Public Health 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).
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 that next year's 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
The Council has agreed that direct payments will continue to be provided from 15 March 2021 for those families entitled to Free school meals who receive a qualifying benefit for children in S1 - S6 who have not returned to in-school learning full time. Free school meals for entitled nursery pupils and P1 - P7 pupils will be provided in school from 15 March 2021.
If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit (listed below), your child currently receives free school meals, and you received a school clothing grant over the summer holiday period, you do not need for you 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 via email.
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
Free School Meal direct payments - Easter 2021 holiday
- Following the previous decision to continue direct payments for free school meals during the summer and winter holiday period, the Council has agreed that these payments will continue to be provided over the Easter holiday period for those families entitled to free school meals who receive a qualifying benefit. These payments will be made from 1 April 2021.
- If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit (listed above), your child currently receives free school meals, and you received a school clothing grant over the summer holiday period, 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.
Spring hardship payment for low income families
- Along with the free school meal direct payments, families who qualify for these payments will also receive £100 per child from the Scottish Government to support them through the spring months.
- These payments will also be made by the Council from 1 April 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.
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 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.
If you have queries about provision for your children, please view our or call 0345 30 111 00.