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

Letter to parents and carers regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures

A letter has been issued to parents and carers from Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Chief Education Officer and Head of Education, regarding the announcement by the Scottish Government of continued COVID-19 mitigation measures in our schools. 

The letter has been issued through your school's app.

Letter to parents and carers from National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch

A letter has been issued to parents and carers from Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director. 

The letter will issued through your school's app.

Letter to parents and carers

Today, Wednesday 15 September a letter has been issued to parents and carers by Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Head of Education regarding continued mitigations in our educational establishments. The mitigations already in place, including wearing face coverings, will remain until the October break at the earliest. 

COVID-19 update

There has been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in East Ayrshire and across Scotland, and we need your continued support to keep our schools and Early Childhood Centres as safe as possible. 

If your child has any potential symptoms of COVID-19, please do not send them to school/ ECC and book a PCR test. 

If your child has symptoms they will not be able to attend school/ ECC, this is national Public Health guidance, which we are required to follow. You may be asked by your school/ ECC to collect your child if they begin to display symptoms. 

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • new cough
  • high temperature (37.8 or above)
  • and/or loss of taste and smell

There may be other milder, hayfever like symptoms which can include sore throat, runny nose, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

What should I do if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19?

If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19, they must not attend school/ ECC. They should stay at home, self-isolate and book a PCR test.

All other household members of your child (including yourself) must also stay at home and follow the latest guidance, which can be found on NHS Inform. In the event of a positive result, Test and Protect will contact you to provide tailored advice on what to do.

Back to school arrangements August 2021

We have written to our parents, carers and young people today, Friday 6 August, explaining the arrangements that will be in place when schools return.

This includes information about wearing face coverings, handwashing and sanitisation, LFD testing and new rules regarding self-isolation.

There is some great news - drama, music, PE and dance can now take place indoors and outdoors.

First Minister update

The First Minister provided an update to Parliament on Tuesday 3 August 2021, regarding moving beyond Level 0, changes to self-isolation rules and mitigations planned for educational settings. 

Early learning and childcare

The latest information and advice about early learning and childcare.

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
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA3 7BU
Contact us online: www.eastayrshi.re/contactus
Save time, do it online: www.our.east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01563 554400
Textphone: 01563 576167
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)
Education Service
Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock
KA3 7BU
Telephone: 01563 576140
Parental Enquiries: 07392 864105

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