COVID-19 Local Delivery Plan & FAQs For Return to School Buildings

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has published a Delivery Plan and FAQ sheet outlining how schools in the Western Isles will return on August 11th. The Delivery Plan outlines the phases for re-opening.

Writing on his blog, the Director of Education Mr Bernard Chisholm said:

“As part of our detailed planning for a safe return to the use of school buildings, the Comhairle has prepared a Local Delivery Plan that provides all pupils, parents and staff with information about the planned operation of our schools, nurseries and childcare centres. Alongside the Local Delivery Plan, the Comhairle has prepared a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from all the questions received via the recent livestream and through social media on this matter.

This plan sets out how Western Isles schools, nurseries and childcare centres will progress through a carefully planned return to school buildings and services. It is organised into four phases that reflect the different stages of return to school and closely mirrors the national Covid-19 Routemap. The plan reflects current views of what should be expected during each phase but will be subject to change in timing, duration and content. As we progress through each phase of the plan, more accurate and detailed information will be able to be provided and this will be shared with parents in due course.

This document provides answers to all the questions we’ve received in relation to planning for the re-opening of schools. They are organised into broad headings and cover a range of popular topics. We have answered in as much detail as we can and appreciate that some of the information that parents and learners seek at the moment is not yet currently available, especially as we look to August and beyond. Information will continue to be updated throughout the summer as the date of return to school approaches.

The information provided in the two documents is based on the latest available guidance, reference to which is included in appendices. The Comhairle has endeavoured to make sure that they are as accurate as possible but we recognise that, as we move through the crisis, national directives and guidance will change and we will make every effort to keep you informed and will release further updates to these documents as they become available.”