School hubs update during coronavirus lockdown

Scottish Borders Council’s arrangements for childcare hubs for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic are up and running.

Thursday, 26th March 2020, 10:51 am
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 10:52 am
Wilton Primary School in Hawick's Wellfield Road is the hub school for the town's primary schoolchidren and those in S1 and S2 at Hawick High School.
Wilton Primary School in Hawick's Wellfield Road is the hub school for the town's primary schoolchidren and those in S1 and S2 at Hawick High School.

The online booking system here needs to be filled in by parents/carers on a daily basis, as and when required, for the following day.

This will change for next week, when a weekly booking system will be launched.

Parents are asked to drop off and pick children up from the hubs, but transport requests can be made on the form.

If the parent/carer has more than one child, multiple bookings can now be made on the form.

All parents/carers dropping off children will be asked to provide ID or proof that their job provides an essential service.

Also, if there is someone at home who can care for the children, they should not be sent to the hub.

Which hub the children will be sent to depends on their normal place of education.

Those children who are normally entitled to free school meals can still get them … they will be available to pick up from all hub locations and five additional schools — Burnfoot Community School, Jedburgh Primary School (formerly Howdenburn), Chirnside Primary School, Galashiels Academy and Newtown Primary School — from 11.30am to 1pm.

Tracey Logan, chief executive at the council, said: “We would again like to thank every parent/carer for their continued support during these unpredictable and challenging times and we remain fully committed to supporting vulnerable children and children whose parents are key workers.”