Schools and childcare - Coronavirus
Information for parents, carers and young people on return to school arrangements in Aberdeenshire's schools and early learning facilities:
- New term arrangements
- Contingency planning
- School meals
- School transport
- Family Information Service
- Shine a Light on Lockdown
If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, please watch our video explaining our schools and childcare arrangements. You can also contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, an online British Sign Language interpreting service.
Following the announcement by Depute First Minister John Swinney on Tuesday 23rd June 2020, and confirmation by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday 30th July 2020, we have welcomed all children and young people across the local area back to school on the 12th August 2020. We continue to update our FAQs on arrangements in Aberdeenshire (pdf 195KB) in line with the latest national guidance on preparing for the new term. View guidance for parents, carers and young people on returning to school arrangements (pdf 247KB).
As per the Depute First Minister's announcement, the Local Phasing Delivery Plans developed by local authorities will now offer a 'plan b'. View Aberdeenshire's Local Phasing Delivery Plan (pdf 1.2MB) which serves for contingency for re-opening of schools should there be a change in the national position.
View latest update on returning to school (5th August 2020).
There are also plans put in place for school meals provision for August 2020.
School transport arrangements across Aberdeenshire have been reviewed in line with the Scottish Government guidance on school transport and the latest national update on preparing for the start of term.
View the parental guidance for school transport, which has been put together locally to support children and young people. Due to the need for distancing with the driver there is a minor reduction in the number of pupils who can travel on most school transport vehicles. Your school will contact you directly before the start of term if you are affected by this otherwise you may presume that transport is available.
The Family Information Service (FIS) website offers parents access to information about childcare providers (you can filter the results by childminders and other childcare categories).
You may also find the following national websites offering support and guidance to parents and carers helpful:
- Parent Club’s dedicated COVID-19 web pages
- National Parent Forum
- Education Scotland’s Parent Zone
- Sign up for Education Scotland's newsletters
We have launched a special website for children, young people and families called 'Shine a Light on Lockdown' to keep a record of people’s memories and experiences of this exceptional time.
Although lockdown life has not been easy, there have been many good things that have come from it. With usual activities having been suspended, lots of children and young people have done different things, learnt new skills, and discovered things about themselves, their communities and the world that they might never have discovered. The website is also somewhere that innovative work done by schools will be showcased. Entries can be in many forms from songs, photos, short films, artwork or writing.
Visit the Shine a Light on Lockdown website. To see the full functionality, we recommend that you visit the website using the Google Chrome browser. If you tap and hold or right click the website link, you can copy it and paste to your Chrome browser.