Climate Change Student Protest Information for Parents and Carers

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will, I am sure, have seen the extensive media coverage of the Climate Change Protest planned to take place outside the Scottish Parliament on Friday March 15th. You will probably also be aware of the recent motion passed by the Education Committee to authorise the absence of pupils who are attending the protest.

I attach a letter from Lorna Sweeney, Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager, which gives some information regarding this. Please tap or click here to read the letter.

For the avoidance of doubt, Tynecastle High School remains open as usual on Friday 15th March. Teaching will carry on as normal.

If your child will be absent from school to participate in the protest you must confirm, in advance and in writing, that your child has your permission to participate and that you will be responsible for their safety during their absence. It is very important that your note includes both those elements so we can correctly record your child’s absence from school. Any other absences should be notified in the normal way(s). We will make a truancy call, as per our normal procedures, to the parent/carer of any pupil who is absent for whom we do not have an explanation.

If your child is planning to join the protest in the afternoon, after school has finished, you do not need to let us know.

Yours sincerely,
Hazel Kinnear
Head Teacher

Council Budget Consultation

Please find below information for all parents and carers about the City of Edinburgh Council’s budget consultation. To read the letter from the City of Edinburgh Council please click or tap here. Options on how to get involved in this consultation, detailed below, close on 7 December 2018…

“Since 2012 the Council has saved £240 million through service transformation and efficiencies, but expects it will need to save a further £106 million between now and 2022/23.

Planning for change, delivering services 2019-2023 was published in September 2018 and sets out initial ideas for meeting the continuing pressures on services and budgets. We are seeking the views of all residents on these ideas. No decisions have been taken yet and feedback will shape the long-term plans as well as the more detailed proposals for balancing the budget in February for 2019/20.

There are a number of ways you can get involved by 7 December:

We recognise you will have many competing priorities but would appreciate any feedback to help inform the emerging strategy.”

Best wishes,
Laurence Rockey
Head of Strategy and Communications