COVID-19 schools returning

  • From Monday 31 August, face coverings should (unless exemptions apply) be worn in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain and on dedicated school transport by all children aged five and over, bringing it into line with guidance for public transport 
  • Schools and Early Years settings reopened fully on 11 August, with the exception of Jedburgh Grammar Campus, which as with any new school had phased opening arrangements
  • Every effort has been made to make sure the arrangements are as robust as possible, following both Scottish Government guidance and advice from public health colleagues at NHS Borders
  • Health and safety risk assessments have been carried out in all settings and arrangements include an enhanced cleaning programme, additional signage and one way systems where necessary and making PPE available should it be required.There are also new requirements relating to good hygiene, regular handwashing, hand sanitising and social distancing between staff and pupils that need to be followed
  • Pupils and staff must not attend school if they or any member of their household has any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Robust contingency plans are in place should there be a national or local outbreak of the virus which requires school closures or blended learning plans to be implemented. These are based on national guidance and contain advice from public health colleagues at NHS Borders
  • The reopening of schools and Early Years setting will be monitored extremely closely, including collecting key data on a daily basis, and any arrangements will be revised as required. This scrutiny will continue for the foreseeable future

Please see the latest updates in the Communications to Parents/Carers section and additional information and FAQs in the following pages