FoI Request: School Climate Strikes and the Fridays for Future Movement

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elizabeth thomson

Good morning,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

I am requesting this information on behalf of Amnesty International UK, to help us understand the position of Local Authorities regarding the climate strike actions taken by school pupils in Scotland. We need to be able to advise our young activists, youth groups, and teachers about their potential participation in climate strikes and any action that may be taken against pupils with unauthorised absences.

Please send me:

1. The position of your local authority towards climate strikes and authorised/unauthorised absences from school in order to attend any Friday climate strikes, as of the date you respond to this request.

2. Confirmation of whether climate strikers will be recorded as authorised or unauthorised absences by schools in your Local Authority area, and whether any punitive action will be taken against pupils or schools for involvement in climate strikes.

3. Details of any changes to the position or policy towards climate strike actions and authorised/unauthorised absences in your Local Authority during 2019.

4. Copies of any letters that your Local Authority has sent to schools or to all parents/carers in your authority area during 2019, that relate to climate strikes or the Fridays for Future Movement.

I would like the above information to be provided to me in electronic format.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Elizabeth Thomson
Campaigner
Amnesty International

Eileen McKinsley, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Elizabeth Thomson Contact: Eileen McKinsley
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: EDU032B70E
Date: 26/08/2019

Dear Ms. Thomson

Freedom of Information : EDU032B70E

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 26/08/2019 about climate strike actions taken by school pupils.   It
will be forwarded to the appropriate Council Service for action and you
should receive a response, or a request for clarification by 23/09/2019.
If there is a need to clarify anything relating to your request,
colleagues will contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Eileen McKinsley

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Alistair Beveridge, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. Elizabeth Thomson Contact: Alistair Beveridge
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: EDU032B70E
Date: 27/09/2019

Dear Ms. Thomson

Freedom of Information Enquiry: EDU032B70E

Thank you for your information request dated 26/08/2019.

I am happy to supply you with the information you requested.

In Clackmannanshire schools follow the guidance provide by Scottish
Government in their publication "a guide for parents about school
attendance" which defines what can be treated as an authorised absence.
Climate strike action is not listed in this guidance as an authorised
absence and we believe that any local decision to do so would lead to
inconsistent messages for parents which is unhelpful.

Given the availability of this national guidance we felt it was
unnecessary to provide further local guidance
 

Yours sincerely

Alistair Beveridge

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