Urgent Message for Families about Industrial Action Thursday 24th November

16 November 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
As you know, strike action has been declared by the Educational Institute of Scotland
(EIS) and the Association of Head Teachers and Deputes Scotland (AHDS) on 24
November 2022.
All services affected have discussed the impact that this action would have on the
health and safety of our children and young people given that there will be a
significantly reduced number of teaching staff, including those in leadership positions
in our schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings.
I am very aware of the disruption caused by any decisions involving closure of our
school buildings, so wish to give you notice of the following for 24 November:
 all East Lothian Council schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings will
be closed to all children and young people for learning
 lets in schools for breakfast, after school and sports clubs can continue
 school crossing patrols will not be operational
 all ASN and Home to School transport will not operate
 a BACs payment will be made for those children and young people who qualify
for a free school meal under the income threshold
I know that this action will mean disruption to learning, and that our families will have
to make alternative childcare arrangements on that day and it is regrettable that we
have had to make this decision, however ensuring the health and safety of our children
and young people must take priority.
While the formal notification from the EIS and the AHDS states the intention to strike
that day, there remains a possibility that ongoing pay negotiations may mean that the
strike is called off. I will keep you informed of any further developments and
arrangements via our website and your child’s school.
Yours sincerely
Nicola McDowell
Head of Education