Borders schools update
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and partners continue to deal with the impact of the ongoing severe weather.
The emergency bunker remains open with the latest updates on roads and other services being provided on the Council’s website and social media channels.
A Yellow (Be Aware) warning for snow and ice remains in place through until 11.55pm on Monday for almost the whole of the Borders. Some further snow showers are possible however this is expected to be at higher levels with any showers at lower levels turning to sleet/rain.
A phased return approach is being taken for schools which focuses on ensuring the safety of pupils at all times.
· All Secondary Schools will be open on Monday 5 March for S4-S6 ONLY.
· A specialised timetable has been put in place for senior pupils to support them in preparation for the forthcoming exam period.
· School transport for S4-S6 is expected to be available on main routes only. A further update on secondary school transport will be provided in the morning.
· Parents can drop off pupils in main town areas only (rather than trying to access schools).
· We are hoping all secondary schools will open for S1-S3 by Tuesday but more information on this will be provided.
19 primary schools will remain fully closed tomorrow. These are predominantly rural schools:
· St Margaret’s, Hawick
· St Margaret’s, Galashiels
Enhanced support centres will be closed tomorrow. Those pupils on shared placements have an individual resilience plan and know where they should attend when resilience schools is invoked.
Other Primary Schools
Resilient Schools will be invoked for the following list of Primary Schools tomorrow. This means that primary schools are ONLY OPEN FOR THOSE WHO CAN WALK i.e. LIVE WITHIN 1.5 MILES.
SOME primary schools are only PARTIALLY open for some classes, full details are listed below.
Important safety message for parents
· ALL pupils who are walking to school MUST be accompanied by adults on FOOT
· ALL primary school pupils must also be COLLECTED by an adult on foot. Pupils will not be dismissed until they are collected by an adult on foot.
Primary schools to open UNDER RESILIENT SCHOOLS (ONLY OPEN FOR THOSE WHO CAN WALK i.e. LIVE WITHIN 1.5 MILES):
Hawick High School Cluster
Burnfoot- p4-p7 open (no nursery and no p1-3)
Denholm- fully open
Stirches- fully open
Trinity- fully open
Wilton- fully open
Jedburgh Grammar Cluster
Ancrum- fully open
Howdenburn – open p2-p7 and nursery (no p1)
Parkside-open p2-p7 and nursery (no p1)
Selkirk High School Cluster
Kirkhope- p1-7 open (no nursery)
Knowepark- fully open
Philliphaugh- fully open
St Joseph’s – fully open
Galashiels Academy Cluster
Balmoral- p4-p7 open (no p1-3 and no nursery)
Burgh- p1-p7 open (no nursery)
Clovenfords- p1-p7 open (no nursery)
Glendinning – fully open
Langlee- p3-p7 open (no p1-3 and no nursery)
St Peter’s – p3-p7 and nursery open(no p1-2)
Stow – p5-p7 and nursery open (no p1-4)
Tweedbank- p1-p7 open (no nursery)
Earlston High School Cluster
Earlston- p3-p7 open (no p1-2 and no nursery)
Lauder- fully open
Melrose- p1-p7 open (no nursery)
Newtown- open p4-p7 and morning nursery (no p1-3 and afternoon nursery)
St Boswells- fully open
Peebles High School Cluster
Halyrude – p1-7 open ;additional needs support base closed
Kingsland- p1-p7 open (no nursery)
Priorsford – fully open
St Ronan’s – p1-p7 open (no nursery)
West Linton- p2-p7 open (no p1 and no nursery)
Kelso High School
Broomlands – fully open
Edenside- p4-p7 and nursery open (no p1-3)
Berwickshire High School Cluster
Duns – p2-p7 open (no p1 and no nursery)
Chirnside- p4-p7 and nursery open (no p1-3)
Coldstream- p6 and p7 open (no primary 1-5 and no nursery)
Greenlaw- fully open
Swinton- fully open
Eyemouth High School Cluster
Ayton- fully open
Coldingham-p1 p7 open (no nursery)
Eyemouth –p4-p7 and nursery open
Any parent who brings a child to school where we have not indicated that the school is open, or able to accommodate a particular class, will be asked to return home with their child.
School meals will be provided tomorrow, however menus may vary.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive explained: “In assessing Borders schools for tomorrow, there have been a large number of factors which have had to be considered and assessed fully to ensure the safety of pupils.
“This includes reviewing access to schools with large accumulations snow, staffing levels, access routes, fire exits and evacuation spaces. We have also undertaken a full review of other hazards such as overhanging icicles.
“While we have opened some schools, parents should still be satisfied that they can get their child to and from school safely. We will also be closely monitoring the weather through the night, and if anything changes in terms of any schools in the morning – further updates will be provided through local radio, our website and our social media channels.”
Date of Publication: 4th March 2018