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*Free School Meals Update from East Lothian Council*

Dear Parents and Carers,
From Wednesday 1st April 2020, all children registered for and requesting Free School Meals provision for the current period of COVID-19 School Closures will be provided with a Weekly Lunch Pack. These lunch packs will be delivered to the home address of registered pupils. Parents who had previously arranged to collect Free School Meal entitlement from Children’s Hubs will have their Weekly Lunch Packs delivered to their registered home address instead. Free School Meals registered children who access emergency childcare at one of our Children’s Hubs will continue to be provided for there.
 Easter Holiday Period – Free School Meals
Weekly Lunch Packs will continue to be delivered to registered pupil’s home addresses until further notice, including the planned Easter Holiday for schools.
Those children who are registered for Free School Meals and have been accessing a Children’s Hub Childcare place in response to their additional support needs, will have a Weekly Lunch Pack delivered to their home address for the Easter holiday period. Provision will then revert back to the Children’s Hub from Tuesday 21st April 2020.

Free School Meals Update

All parents/carers have been emailed regarding Free School Meals.  Please note that free school meals are currently only available for all children who are in receipt of free milk or clothing grants.  Please email back with the required information if you still wish your child/children to have Free School Meals during the school closure period.  This information must be emailed to the school by 12pm on Thursday 26th March.

In addition, If you have issues with collecting lunches from Prestonpans, then please email

*Home Learning during School Closure*

**Good Morning Everyone! We hope everybody is enjoying their first day of home learning!**


Teachers will set all tasks via Google Classroom. There is a shared Google Classroom for each year group enabling teachers to work together. Online home learning will begin Tuesday 24th March.

Teachers will be logged into Google Classroom from 0845-0945 Monday to Friday. This will enable the children to ask questions about their learning and interact with their classmates. We ask that everyone uses Google Classrooms responsibly. **Parents/Carers, please do not contact teachers directly via private message. Direct any queries or issue to**

  – – – Home Learning – Daily 5 – – –

A typical day will look like this;

Monday – Thursday 

  1. Read a book, or be read to.
  2. Writing and/or Spelling/Phonics task
  3. Numeracy task
  4. Context for Learning (topic) task
  5. Health and Wellbeing task

Friday (half day)

  1. Read a book, or be read to.
  2. Maths task
  3. Family homework task (to be completed as a family)

If you have any ideas that we could share with others, please email us at We will still be checking emails.

Phone Calls to The School

The school and nursery is shut.  Please do NOT call the school or nursery.  Staff will not have access to the building until happier times and therefor no messages will be picked up at all.  Phones will be switched off.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Ms B



The First Minister has just reiterated that following the closure of schools, childcare being established in each local authority is emergency provision for frontline keyworkers where there is no-one else in the house to look after your child and no other alternative. East Lothian will be opening a small number of Children’s Hubs but we need to ensure that those parents who really need a place get it. Please help us and don’t apply for a place unless it is absolutely essential. We are required to keep numbers in the hubs to an absolute minimum and will be prioritising Category 1 keyworkers in the first instance.


  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff, Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers etc.) as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Ms B 



Supporting our children and young people – an update from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education)

East Lothian Council is updating parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus from today (Friday, 20 March).

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:

  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare
  • The exam diet will not go ahead this year. The Scottish Qualifications Authority will put in place a certification model using coursework, teacher assessment of estimated grades and prior attainment.

Children’s Hubs

To ensure an appropriate environment is provided for learning and childcare for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, East Lothian Council intends to operate ‘Children’s Hubs’, located within a primary school building in each of East Lothian’s cluster areas. These will be located at:

Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus); St Mary’s Primary School/Haddington Primary School (infants building); Law Primary School, North Berwick; Preston Tower Primary School (infants building), Prestonpans; Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent; Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, Musselburgh

The council expects that the Children’s Hubs would be staffed by teams including head teachers and other teaching staff, as well as other specialist and support staff where possible.

Key workers

Our expectation is that our Children’s Hubs would be used to cater for children with at least one parent who is a key worker and does not have another adult at home to care for them.

In the first instance, we are writing to parents to gather identify the children of key workers who are registered in our local authority schools and/or early learning and childcare centres.

We will seek to identify key workers in accordance with definitions provided by the Scottish Government.

Vulnerable children

The Children’s Hubs will provide free school meals to those eligible as well as support for learning to children with additional support needs. Free school meals will be supported through the Children’s Hub and through delivery to drop off points within more remote communities. In the coming days, the Education Service and schools will be working to identify those children most at need. Further support will be provided by school staff in an outreach manner.

Remote learning

The council will be utilising digital technology as far as possible to support learning for children who are being cared for at home. There are online tools which children and teachers can use to provide learning for children at home through Google G-Suite. This will enable teachers to post learning assignment tasks for children, including active learning opportunities which they can undertake with their families.

We hope there will also be opportunities to participate in live lessons and we are working to support staff on this. These tools can be accessed through tablets, smartphones and home computers. For children without access to devices, we can lend Chromebooks. Guidance for parents on logging in and supporting children with their learning will be provided.

Challenging time

Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education), said:

“This is an extremely challenging time for our school communities including parents, carers, children and staff. I’d like to thank everyone for the support you have given our teams in recent days.

“Clearly the unprecedented decision to close all schools in Scotland by close of play today (Friday) presents major logistical difficulties and inconvenience for families. We’re grateful to everyone for your patience and understanding as we respond to this situation.

“We have continued to work on arrangements which we intend to implement in the coming week. More details will be made available as soon as practically possible.

“Thanks to our teachers, supported by other staff, we are carrying out work to prepare online learning opportunities to maintain teaching as far as possible. Schools are in touch with parents and carers about this.

“We will be working with our private and voluntary nurseries and our out of school care partners to provide a holistic package of support and will be in touch with them very soon.

“We will be providing information on our support for young people in S4-6 who had been due to be sitting exams. We want to enable these students to be in a position to complete coursework with support in place from our teams so that sufficient evidence can be submitted to the SQA for certification purposes.

“The measures we are taking will protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment, as well as facilitating continued access to learning or childcare for the children of key workers. They will also enable children being cared for at home to access the highest possible standard of remote learning and teaching.”


Important Information

A number of important emails were sent home today.  It is crucial that you check your inboxes and read these emails carefully.    These emails include information about –

  • Free School Meals – are to be available at the Preston Tower Infant School and more information will follow
  • Key Workers
  • General Information

Please note that the letters for children who were not in school yesterday or today will be posted on Monday. 

Ms B 🙂