Schools and childcare - Coronavirus

Information for parents, carers and young people on return to school arrangements in Aberdeenshire's schools and early learning facilities:

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Phased return to school

All school pupils returned to school full-time, from Monday, 19th April 2021.

From Monday, 26th April 2021, children who have been shielding can return to school.

View guidance on reducing the risks in schools on the Scottish Government website.

Contingency planning

Local Phasing Delivery Plans developed by local authorities offer a 'plan b'. View Aberdeenshire's Local Phasing Delivery Plan (pdf 1.2MB) which serves as a contingency for re-opening of schools. We continue to update our FAQs on school arrangements in Aberdeenshire (pdf 247KB) in line with the latest national guidance.

School transport

School transport arrangements across Aberdeenshire have been reviewed in line with the Scottish Government guidance on school transport and the latest national update on preparing for the start of term.

View the parental guidance for school transport, which has been put together locally to support children and young people. Due to the need for distancing with the driver there is a minor reduction in the number of pupils who can travel on most school transport vehicles. Your school will contact you directly before the start of term if you are affected by this otherwise you may presume that transport is available.

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) offers parents access to information about childcare providers. You can also find nurseries and childminder details within childcare application booklet.

You may also find the following national websites offering support and guidance to parents and carers helpful:

Shine a Light on Lockdown

We have launched a special website for children, young people and families called 'Shine a Light on Lockdown' to keep a record of people’s memories and experiences of this exceptional time.

Although lockdown life has not been easy, there have been many good things that have come from it. With usual activities having been suspended, lots of children and young people have done different things, learnt new skills, and discovered things about themselves, their communities and the world that they might never have discovered. The website is also somewhere that innovative work done by schools will be showcased. Entries can be in many forms from songs, photos, short films, artwork or writing.

To submit an entry to the Shine a Light on Lockdown website complete the submission form (pdf 213KB) and email with your entry to pupilparticipation@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Visit the Shine a Light on Lockdown website. To see the full functionality, we recommend that you visit the website using the Google Chrome browser. If you tap and hold or right click the website link, you can copy it and paste to your Chrome browser.