We fully understand the importance of end of term events and activities, particularly as we near the end of this most challenging of years.
We are keen to ensure that some events can run, with appropriate mitigation, to enable our children and young people to end the year on a more positive note.
A very difficult, collective decision has been taken across Forth Valley to limit end of term events to:
- young people
- educational staff
This unfortunately means that parents and carers are unable to attend the end of term events this year.
We are aware of the increased prevalence of the new COVID-19 'Delta' variant and its increased transmissibility. This has resulted in an increase in the likelihood of the need to self-isolate, not only immediate contacts of the index case but secondary contacts also. This would include children and young people in the home of close contacts and the parents and carers needing to take a PCR test, and a discussion with Public Health, before being permitted to de-isolate. This would have a significant negative impact on these households.
We hope parents and carers will understand the need to ensure we protect our communities and staff at this time, as we would not wish anyone to self-isolate because of any preventable contact, at an end of year event.
We have been working closely with Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council and Public Health to prepare guidance to our educational establishments on 'End of Term Events'. This seeks to take account of all the excellent work undertaken by our educational establishments over the past year and to ensure the ongoing safety of our children, young people, parents, carers, and staff as we move towards the summer holidays.