Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Schools and early childhood centres

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates on what's happening in East Ayrshire schools and early childhood centres.

Additional in-service days for secondary schools

At the meeting of Cabinet today, Wednesday 31 March, two additional in-service days, for our secondary schools, have been agreed for Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June. 

Update from First Minister, Tuesday 2 March

The First Minister has advised Parliament that from Monday 15 March it is anticipated that all primary pupils will return to school on a full time basis. The next steps in a phased return to secondary school will take place from Monday 15 March and it is the intention that all secondary school pupils will return on a full time basis following the Easter holidays. 

Letter to parents and carers of S1 to S3 pupils

Letter to parents and carers of senior phase pupils 

Letter from Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director

National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, has written to parents and carers of children returning to early learning and childcare and Primary 1 to Primary 3 next week. 

The letter (PDF 163Kb) explains the reason for the decision to enable young children to return to ELC and schools and how you can help support a safe return.

Update from First Minister

The First Minster confirmed today, Tuesday 16 February 2021, that the phased return of pupils will commence on Monday 22 February 2021 as planned.

We look forward to welcoming back children and young people in the following categories:

  • All children in Early Childhood Centres (ECCs)
  • P1-P3 pupils

In addition, secondary schools will be in contact with those senior phase pupils who are required to attend for practical subjects.

A letter has been issued to parents and carers through school apps (PDF 180Kb)

Free school meals

The Catering Service is looking forward to welcoming children back to our Early Childhood Centres and P1 to P3 pupils in our primary schools from Monday 22 February. 

The children will have a meal at school and will no longer receive a weekly food parcel. Children and young people from P4 to S6 will continue to receive their weekly food parcel. Find out more on the school meals page

School meals pre-order portal

Last August our Catering Service introduced a Pre-order Portal for school meals in secondary schools. Find out more on our  school meals pre-order portal page.

Wellbeing guide

Help and advice on supporting worries children might have about school.

School updates

We will make sure that all parents, carers and staff are kept informed with information about their child’s school/ECC by using the following platforms:

We thank all parents, carers and pupils for their understanding in these exceptional circumstances.

Useful links

Scottish Government

UK Government

Other links

Contact Information

Council Headquarters
London Road
East Ayrshire
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Telephone: 01563 554400
Textphone: 01563 576167
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)
Education Service
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 576140
Parental Enquiries: 07392 864105

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