COVID-19: Advice and Information for Members

Please find below links to the advice and information in relation to COVID-19.

Reducing risks guidance – publication of latest version – 24 March 2021
The Scottish Government have also prepared a pdf version with the summary and main changes highlighted in yellow for sharing with members. It can be downloaded here
School Reopening – 15 March 2021 – Update – 10 March 2021
Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on schools reopening – 8 March 2021
School Reopening – 15 March 2021 – 4 March 2021
Members Update – 19 February 2021
Members Update – 5 February 2021
Updated Guidance from the Scottish Government – “Coronavirus (COVID-19): school re-opening arrangements for January 2021” – 6 January 2021
SSTA Advice – 4 January 2021
Reopening of Schools – SSTA Advice – 22 December 2020
Letter from Deputy First Minster re Face Coverings and support for schools – 15 December 2020
Letter From Deputy First Minster re meeting with SSTA – 15 December 2020
Members Update – Christmas Arrangements for Schools – 11 December 2020
Members Update – 1 December 2020
FACE COVERINGS – The Official Position – 16 November 2020
Safety Measures in Schools are Putting Teachers at Risk – 29 October 2020
Safety First and the Education Recovery Year – 8 September 2020
SSTA Position Paper: Rapid Review of National Qualifications experience 2020 – 8 September 2020
Guidance on reopening schools – v2.0 – Face Coverings – 25/08/2020
Please find below link to the revised school reopening guidance. This includes amendments to the guidance on face coverings:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020-version-2/
You will also wish to note the advisory note on face coverings in schools which is here –
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advisory-sub-group-on-education-and-childrens-issues—advisory-note-on-face-coverings-in-schools/
Scottish Government COVID-19 SECTOR ADVICE CARD – Designed for managers and employees to guide action to prevent the spread of COVID-19; to support workplace communications and training; and take action in the event of an outbreak – 6 August 2020
Reopening of Schools: Email to School Reps – 11 August 2020
Message to Members  – 4 August 2020 : Safety First and the Reopening of SchoolsTuesday 4 August 2020
Guidance on preparing for the start of the new school term in August 2020 – Thursday 30 July 2020

The Scottish Government will make a statement later today (Thursday 30th July) regarding the reopening of schools and we will inform you when the guidance is released.

The SSTA position throughout the COVID-19 crisis has been one of safety first for all teachers and pupils. The safety of members will continue to be our main focus. It is our intention to give detailed advice to members early next week on the measures necessary for the reopening of schools once all the information is considered.

The SSTA view remains that schools can only reopen and operate safely if there are significant operational changes in place to ensure effective social distancing, strong hygiene routines linked to thorough cleansing practices, availability of PPE, and safeguarding of all members particularly those in vulnerable groups.

Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on preparing for the start of the new school term in August 2020 – 30 July 2020
Arrangements for Re-opening Schools August 2020 – SNCT 20/76 – 5 June 2020
Members Bulletin – 4 June 2020
Reopening of Schools – 11 August 2020 – 22 May 2020
Message to members – Announcement on Reopening of Schools – 20 May 2020
COVID-19: Members Update – Members Bulletin 30 April 2020
SSTA Advice – SQA Estimates and Teacher Professional Judgement – 30 April 2020
Scottish Government guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting pupils, parents and teachers – learning during term 4 – 20 April 2020
COVID-19: updated travel guidance for the education sector – 20 April 2020
SQA update on NQ 2020 certification – 20 April 2020
JS-20-78 SNCT Supply Teachers Job Retention Scheme – 3 April 2020
Social Distancing: Further Information & Advice – 1 April 2020
School Closures: Further Information and Advice – 27 March 2020
SNCT Circular published 26 March. – SNCT 20-75 SNCT School Closures COVID-19
Message to Members – 24 March 2020
Letter from DFM re Supply Teachers – 23 March 2020
Letter from DFM re School Closures and Senior Phase Pupils – 22 March 2020
School Closures – Advice to Members – 20 March 2020
Working at Home: Advice to Members – 19 March 2020
SSTA Members Update – 17 March 2020
COVID-19 – SSTA Advice to Members – 12 March