Industrial Action on Tuesday 28 March 2006
You will probably be aware from the press and broadcast media that various unions including UNISON intend to take industrial action on Tuesday 28 March. Local press reports about the probable impact on schools are not accurate and no-one from the press has contacted me to clarify the position for our school. Let me do so now.
Musselburgh Grammar School will remain open.
The school will have been cleaned, FES FM who maintain the building will arrange for it to be opened as usual even if janitors are involved in industrial action. Teaching staff are not taking industrial action so pupils will be following their usual timetable and will be taught by their usual teacher.
Catering staff will be taking industrial action, however. Pupils who are on free school meals will be able to collect a packed lunch from the Dining Hall at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Other pupils should NOT load money onto their Smartcard for Tuesday meals as no service will be available for them either at morning break or at lunchtime. I would suggest pupils bring a packed lunch or make arrangements to go outwith the school for lunch.
I would stress that the absence of catering facilities is not sufficient reason for pupils not to attend school and I expect pupils to attend as normal.
I have been notified that Lothian Buses will be on strike – parents of pupils from Wallyford will need to make other arrangements to get their children to school. The school will be sympathetic to such pupils and will not mark them as late so long as they are in school by 9.30am. The Whitecraig bus is a private hire and is not affected by industrial action so pupils will be able to travel to school as normal.
Where a pupil is not at school and we have received no indication of the reason for absence, parents will receive an automated phone call in the usual way.