School Strike for Climate Change

Please see letter below for details of the upcoming student School Strike for Climate Change on 24th May.

Link to School Strike Letter May 2019 (text copied below)

Dear Parent or Carer

The Education Committee voted this week to allow pupils to participate in the School Strike for Climate Change on 24 May. I thought it would be helpful to clarify the position.

Edinburgh schools will be open and operating normally on 24 May. We recognise that some pupils may wish to participate in the Climate Change protest and have agreed that any pupil who is not at school on the morning of Friday 24 May in order to participate in the School Strike will be marked as an authorised absence if their parent/carer has written to confirm their absence in advance, and accept responsibility for their safety.

If your child wishes to participate please write to your school in advance to confirm they have your permission to participate and that you will be responsible for your child during their absence, otherwise the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

If you have any questions please speak to your Head Teacher in the first instance.

Lorna Sweeney
Schools and Lifelong Learning
Communities and Families

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