Planned strike action by teachers reminder

Executive Director, Children, Young People & Partnerships Fiona Robertson has written again to parents and carers about the planned strike action by teachers on Thursday. See the letter below:

Ms Robertson writes:

As previously communicated:

  • All local authority nurseries and schools are closed to children and young people 24th November 2022 (with the exception of Scots Corner ELC which will operate as normal). All home to school transport has also been cancelled.
  • Breakfast and out-of-school clubs organised by your child’s school will be closed.
  • Breakfast and out-of-school clubs managed by external organisations and operating within a school/ELC building should be open as normal. Please check with the organisation managing your child’s club to ensure they intend to open if you wish to send your child.
  • A BACs payment will be made for children entitled to a free school meal (not universal FSM). Our secondary schools will be open to children and families 12:30-2pm for a hot meal. 

I appreciate that the industrial action will cause significant disruption to the learning of our children and young people and that families will have to make alternative arrangements for childcare during these days.

I am sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. Our Digital Inclusion & Learning team have collated learning activities covering all ages and stages which can be found by on the Midlothian Education website.

While the council has been formally notified by trade unions of their intention to strike, there is also the possibility that through ongoing negotiations the strike may not take place. We will keep you informed as the situation develops through the council’s website and your child’s school.

Yours sincerely
Ms Fiona Robertson
Executive Director, Children, Young People & Partnerships

22 Nov 2022