You may not have read, yet, this morning's member email which outlined the constructive engagement the EIS has had with the Scottish Government about the need to make a decision to close schools, and stated our expectation of an imminent announcement. 

Since then, the First Minister has said, this lunchtime, that all schools and nurseries will close to pupils at the end of the school day, on Friday, 20 March.

The First Minister highlighted the need for arrangements to be put in place, potentially involving teachers, to deal with:  pupils in receipt of free school meals; pupils taking SQA exams; and pupils of parents who are critical workers (NHS and emergency services). As there will be flexibility about local approaches to these issues, planning by individual Councils will now take place, potentially moving into next week.

Further details will be announced tomorrow by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney.

Ms Sturgeon added that no one should expect schools to automatically open after Easter – stressing that they will be closed for as long as they have to be, potentially through until the summer. 

The EIS welcomes this announcement and will seek to engage both nationally and locally about appropriate working arrangements, including addressing the areas raised by the FM.

Further updates and advice will follow.

Larry Flanagan
General Secretary