On Monday 4 January 2021 the First Minister announced Coronavirus (COVID-19): Stay at home guidance effective from Tuesday 5 January 2021. This guidance amends the reopening of Schools and Early Learning & Childcare Centres for in person learning from Monday 18 January to Monday 1 February at the earliest.

Updates on this will be provided at the earliest opportunity

The overall objective is to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID virus in our in our schools and nurseries.

Schools and Early Learning & Childcare Centres re-opening timeline

Date Planned action
Tuesday 5 January All year nurseries reopen for the provision of childcare for children of key workers and identified vulnerable learners only.
Thursday 7 January

Schools reopen for the provision of childcare for children of key workers and identified vulnerable learners only.

Please be aware that our specialist provisions rely on safe staffing models to operate fully. Depending upon pupil and staff attendance, our specialist provisions may need to adapt their school provision as required in these circumstances. Schools will keep parents fully informed of any plans and changes.

Monday 11 January

Learning provision will resume from Monday 11 January, delivered remotely for all pupils other than the children of key workers that have been offered a place and identified vulnerable learners only.

We are following Scottish Government guidance as regards criteria and considerations for a vulnerable pupil placement. Therefore, parents of children attending mainstream establishments and primary enhanced provisions will be contacted directly by their school if a vulnerable pupil placement is to be offered from Monday 11 January.

Monday 1 February Schools to reopen for all pupils to attend in person subject to ongoing assessment of the state of the virus.

Key worker criteria

Parents and carers are eligible to apply for a place for their child to attend nursery or school in person where all of the following is the case:

  • Both parents' employment meets the further criteria listed below.
  • Both parents are unable to work from home.
  • There are no other adults within your household who can provide supervision of children during the school day.
Places will be allocated only where each parent meets one of the following criteria; and, where working from home is not possible. Please note that for key workers existing childcare arrangements can continue to be used.
  • Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers)
  • Nursery and school staff
  • Critical National Infrastructure employees without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused
  • Private, public or third sector employees without whom there could be a significant impact on infrastructure and energy supply


Schools and nurseries issued application forms to parents and carers on Tuesday 22 December. Completed forms should ideally be returned to the child's ELC or school no later than 10:30am on Wednesday 23 December.

Applications submitted will be assessed as quickly as possible and will be responded to by Wednesday 6 January.

Remote learning

Teachers will provide online learning for those not attending school in person.

Each school and nursery will communicate directly with families about specific arrangements.

For more information about remote learning visit Connected Falkirk.

School meals


School meals will operate in settings as normal from Tuesday 5 January for those children in attendance.


School meals will operate as normal from Thursday 7 January for pupils attending school in person. Please note that pupils who are not eligible for free school meals are required to pay for meals purchased.

School Transport

Will operate as normal commencing 7 January.