Back to school preparations


31st July 2020

In the wake of yesterday's statement statement by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, children and families service convener Stewart Hunter has outlined preparations for city schools re-opening next month.

Councillor Hunter said: “Arrangements for getting our young people back in the classroom are at an advanced stage and today’s guidance from the First Minister with the latest scientific advice provides reassuring clarity.

“It supports the planning and preparation work that has been going on across the city detailing how pupils will get back to school.

“I cannot express my gratitude often enough to all of our hard-working staff who are putting in the effort to ensure that school buildings will be ready to fully open to pupils again from August 12.

“The safety of everyone in school buildings, staff and pupils, is of the highest importance and with the help of our trade union colleagues, a consistent and diligent approach is being taken to make sure that each school achieves this.

“It is crucial to note that the city council will be providing ongoing information to families through its website and social media channels.

“An updated Frequently Asked Questions section will be on the website to ensure arrangements for a wide range of issues including transport and school meals are as clear as we can make them.

“Individual schools will be in contact with families in the coming days about the exact details of how the return will happen in their specific establishment.”

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Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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