West Lothian Council schools and early learning centres will be closed to pupils and children after Friday 20 March until further notice following government advice.
We do not currently know how long schools will be closed for, and will make sure parents/carers are kept updated with developments.
All parents/carers will receive a letter from their school, detailing arrangements that have been put in place covering how young people can continue learning during the closure period.
Our priority is health and wellbeing and maintaining learning and teaching.
A small number of schools will be used to provide for limited numbers of pupils in specific groups, such as vulnerable children, children of key workers and those senior pupils who still have to complete course work for national qualifications. Further details of arrangements regarding this will be publicised when they are confirmed.
Local arrangements are being put in place for those entitled to free school lunches to ensure lunches and breakfast bars are available during the school closure period. Parents/carers will receive a groupcall giving them details of the arrangements in their local area.
Special cleaning arrangements and social distancing measures will be in all schools being used to safeguard pupils and staff.
Procedures will remain in place to ensure vulnerable children are safeguarded over the extended closure period, as currently takes place during school holidays.
This situation is constantly evolving. We understand you will have a lot of questions, but it is unlikely that we can answer individual questions from individual parents at this time.
When we have information to share it will be made via groupcall and available on the council's website and social media channels.
You can help keep yourself informed by checking these sources of information regularly.
Doctor Elaine Cook
Depute Chief Executive
West Lothian Council
WEST LOTHIAN COLLEGE, WORK PLACEMENTS AND SQA 2020 EXAMINATIONS STATEMENTS
West Lothian College school partnership provision statement, Work Placements statements and SQA 2020 Examinations statement
West Lothian College school partnership provision
West Lothian College are moving to online learning starting from Wednesday 18 March. If your child attends college as part of their school curriculum the college will be in contact shortly regarding online learning related to their course. Please discuss this with your child.
All work placements, organised through school or college will be postponed with immediate effect. These will be reviewed regularly and updates given in due course.
Career Ready Internships commencing June remain in place at this time.
SQA update on arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards - a message to schools and colleges (Updated Friday 2 April 2020)
Across our schools we are working together to ensure that our young people get recognition for their hard work and receive the qualifications they deserve. We have robust systems in place to gather the necessary evidence for submission of estimates.
SQA have provided an update on arrangements for young people completing courses in Session 2019/20:
This link also includes guidance for learners, parents and carers.
Some key points to note are:
- SQA are asking schools and colleges across the country to use their professional judgement, and knowledge of young people's work, to make an estimate of the grade. This will be based on learners' skills, knowledge and understanding for each course at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
- For students accessing college, relevant evidence will be used for a wide range of courses and Awards.
- SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS (the University and College Admission Service), Colleges Scotland, and Universities Scotland, who are fully aware of the situation and will help learners to progress on to the next stage of their education or employment. We are also in close discussion with Skills Development Scotland, to ensure employers and their representatives are kept aware of the decisions being made.
- Staff at SQA are working hard to ensure learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 4 August.
- Further details of the 'Appeals process' will be communicated as it becomes available.
- We also recommend that learners sign-up to MySQA to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has previously signed up to receive their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and we recommend that those learners review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.
We will provide you with further information following the next update from SQA on 20th April.