Council Considers Education Phased Recovery Plan

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Covid19 sub-committee [12.06.20] will consider a report that updates elected members on the initial planning for the Education Phasing Recovery Plan.

The report includes the assumption that all clusters prepare their plans based on existing staff models and have been asked to consider the costs of delivering 3 days a week for all children, P1 to S6, along with supported home learning.

Members will be asked to:

Note the progress of the Education Phasing Recovery Plan, based on the assumption that headteachers plan class composition based on Scottish Government guidance on school capacities and existing staffing;

Agree that in school recovery plans, headteachers quantify additional staffing costs to maximise in-school attendance for pupils s part of blended learning from 12 August;

Note that the planning principles and arrangements for the Education Phased Recovery Plan will be submitted to Full Council following peer review by Education Scotland colleagues.

Council Leader Elaine Murray said: “We continue to receive guidance from the Scottish Government, Health Protection Scotland and other organisations to support the phased reopening of our schools. Education and the best possible start in life for our young people continue to be priorities for our Council. Services across our Council have worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 emergency to support young people. We are now working flat out on delivering a our Education Phased Recovery Plan.
Depute Leader Rob Davidson said: “The Scottish Government’s announcement in May of a route map out of the Covid-19 crisis enables us to plan and establish a framework for a return to early learning and school buildings. We have drawn up a local phasing pathway, recognising that progress in each phase entirely depends on the Covid-19 situation in our communities and the latest advice from the Scottish Government.”

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