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A new payment system is being set up for parents and carers of pupils who receive free school meals.

You will be sent a message twice a week from the council, which will include a voucher code for £10 (£20 per child per week). The voucher can be redeemed at any shop with Pay Point facilities.

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From today, 10 hubs will open across North Lanarkshire for the children of key workers. Full details are available at The following schools will be open as hubs. Key workers are advised to take their child to their closest hub, where provision will be available between 9am and 3pm. All other schools will be fully closed.

• Kilsyth Academy, Kilsyth
• Chryston High School, Chryston
• Cumbernauld Academy, Cumbernauld
• Hilltop Primary School, Airdrie
• New Stevenston Primary School, New Stevenston
• St John Paul II Primary School, Viewpark
• St Ambrose High School, Coatbridge
• Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell
• Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw
• Calderhead Hugh School, Shotts

While the staff of these schools will operate the hubs in the first instance, volunteers have been sought to establish a rota system and all of that work is underway.

ASN schools will remain open for the children of key workers. We are assessing this position with a view to rationalising the number of ASN schools open. However, the assessment is more complicated due to the particular circumstances of the children involved.

Children of key workers requiring nursery provision should attend their normal nursery (if council-operated) or make direct content with their nursery (if a partner provider). In the case of council nurseries, further changes are likely to be made tomorrow and will be announced.

Free school meals will be available in these hubs to those entitled to them, but we are acutely conscious of the requirement for a more localised provision and will announce details of this as soon as possible.

It is essential, to stop the spread of coronavirus that people who can work from home do work from home. If a key worker has a partner who is not a key worker, they must provide childcare at home. This is not business as usual and it is vital that the support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it. Your assistance is making this clear is appreciated. The council is taking every step possible to ensure only staff who must be at work to provide critical services are at work.

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All North Lanarkshire schools will be open on Monday for the children of the following categories of key workers.

It is essential, to stop the spread of transmission of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

If you’re a key worker who requires support, please take your child to your normal school on Monday. We will review these arrangements over the coming week and it is likely we will fully close some schools but we will inform you of this and the alternative provision we will put in place.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

• Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff.
• Workers supporting life-threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision.
• Staff of energy suppliers.
• Staff, including teachers and early years workers, providing childcare and learning for other key workers and staff who support school buildings.

Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home.
• All other health and care workers including home support staff and care home staff.
• Emergency services staff, including police, fire and rescue, prison officers.
• Military personnel.
• Social workers.

Those supporting critical national infrastructure including:
• Staff keeping air, water, road and rail passenger transport operating.
• Oil, gas, electricity and water and sewerage workers.
• Logistics staff including drivers and transport workers
• Food and other necessary goods staff including food production, processing, distribution, sale, delivery as well as those essential to the provision of hygienic and veterinary medicines.
• Staff in essential financial service provision including: banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure; IT and data infrastructure; postal services; civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications; payment providers; waste disposal.
• Journalists and broadcasters.

Other council and associated staff in the following categories. Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home.
• Strategic-level management and support staff.
• Waste services staff.
• Fleet services staff.
• Cemeteries staff.
• Property repairs and maintenance staff including frontline workers of Mears and Saltire.
• Roads and lighting maintenance staff including staff of Amey.
• Facility support services including cleaning, catering, school crossing patrollers and janitorial staff.
• Human resources staff including payroll and employee service centre.
• IT staff.
• Communications staff.
• Finance staff including welfare, revenue and benefits staff and municipal bank staff.
• Registration staff.
• Essential legal services.
• Psychological services staff.

All children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to access these meals. If you need to access this support please take your child to their usual school at the school’s normal lunchtime, but only at their normal lunchtime.
Breakfast clubs will be open in those schools that normally offer them, will be open.

S4, S5 and S6 PUPILS
A normal timetable will not be operating. Only the following pupils should attend at school:
• Children of key workers as detailed above.
• Pupils who have already been instructed by their schools to attend at a specific time for coursework purposes.

Other S4, S5 and S6 pupils will be contacted by schools in due course to arrange completion of coursework. Schools have already informed pupils about arrangements for online learning.

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The First Minister has announced that schools and nurseries will be closed from this Friday.

The Scottish Government is working with councils to support young people who are vulnerable and whose parents are essential workers.

The UK Government must implement a deal to protect incomes – especially those of low income families where parents have no sick pay, or are self-employed, or are on zero-hours contracts.