Schools and childcare
Information and updates from our Education and Learning teams.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases across Dumfries and Galloway is extremely high at this time. The number of new, confirmed positive cases is continuing to rise.
An education update from Gillian Brydson, Director Skills, Education and Learning
The Scottish Government announced on 8 March 2021 there would be two additional £100 payments made for each school aged child who receives Free School Meals on the basis of low income in 2021. They have now announced details of a further payment and an amendment to an already announced payment.
Schools will close for the 2021 Autumn holidays from Monday 11 October and will reopen to pupils on Monday 25 October 2021.
A testing programme is being put in place for people without the symptoms of coronavirus as part of the package of coronavirus risk reduction mitigations in education settings.
The Scottish Government's updated guidance (9 August 2021) sets out to help schools ensure a low-risk environment for learning and teaching.
Face coverings play a role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19, however, there are reasons you may require a face covering exemption.
Financial support for families of school children and younger children