Students given extra October holiday following Queen’s funeral

Midlothian schools were already due to close on September 19 when it was declared a national bank holiday.

Students in Midlothian given extra October holiday following Queen’s funeral Stuart C. Wilson / Stringer via Getty Images

Pupils across Midlothian will receive an extra day’s holiday this month after the Queen’s funeral was held on a scheduled day off.

Midlothian schools were already due to remain closed on September 19 when it was declared a national bank holiday following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

And at a meeting of Midlothian Council this week, it was agreed to move the original day off to October 24 in order to ensure pupils and staff did not miss out on the extra holiday.

Councillors met in person for the first time in over two years at the local authority’s Dalkeith headquarters on Tuesday.

Schools across Midlothian, like Loanhead PS pictured, will close for an extra day this monthGoogle Maps

The meeting began with Provost Debbi McCall leading councillors in a two-minute silence in memory of the Queen, who died at Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96.

The full council chamber stood for the tribute before moving into the first item of business as elected members appeared pleased to be facing each other against across a room.

Third item on the agenda was the rescheduling of the September weekend holiday which fell on the day of the funeral.

The council’s executive director for children and young people Fiona Robertson told the meeting that Monday, October 24 was a schedule staff development day which would now be moved to the following day.

It would mean pupils who break for their October holiday on Friday, October 14, would not return until Wednesday, October 26.

Council leader Kelly Parry acknowledged the impact the move could have on some families as she urged officers to ensure the change was communicated with them as soon as possible.

She told the meeting: “I recognise the disruption that this can cause to parents and carers so want the information to be put out as soon as possible.”

Councillors agreed to approve the additional holiday.