Our Coronavirus update

03rd December 2021

We continue to update our risk assessment and health & safety rules following Scottish Government Guidance to ensure the safety of all our staff, the individuals we support, their families and visitors to The Donaldson Trust.

We continue to:

  • Encourage staff and individuals who access our services to take part in regular self-testing (lateral flow tests)
  • To remain 2 metre social distancing from others (unless from the same household, administering first aid or attending to an individual we support which cannot be carried out 2 metres apart)
  • Ask that all staff and visitors (unless exempt) wear face coverings at all times,
  • Have hand sanitiser located around the building and encourage everyone to use this regularly – it is a must for entering and exiting the building
  • Signage around the building to reiterate our guidance
  • Provide staff, individuals we support and their parents/ carers with updated guidance

The Donaldson Trust’s services close on Wednesday 22nd December for the festive period and will continue to follow this guidance on our return in the New Year.

1st February 2021

Our #JunX10n service is now open both on campus and online.  We will have limited opening hours on campus for the next few weeks and aims to be open again full time over the coming weeks.

6th January 2021

Our Sensational Learning Centre will re-open to children & young people from the 11th January 2021.

Our #JunX10n service will continue online on a daily basis.

22nd December 2020

We received guidance from Scottish Government today regarding changes to term dates / opening dates for Scottish school children and children/ young people’s services.

As a result, we will be making the following changes:

Learning Centre:

  • Children will have their learning take place from home from the 6th until the 8th Janaury 2021.
  • From the 11th January 2021 a full service will resume for the children at Donaldson’s.


  • Trainees will have access to services online from the 6th until the 15th January 2021.
  • There will be no access to the building during this time.
  • From 18th January 2021 a full service will resume for all trainees

This may be subject to change due to the uncertainty of the the current situation.  Any changes will be advised as soon as we are aware.


03rd August 2020

We have spent many weeks preparing The Donaldson Trust for a full reopening on the 11th of August for our pupils. We have been working with the Scottish Government guidelines on 2 metre social distancing rules throughout the building and have managed to complete this work successfully. Due to our preparations we are in an excellent position to have all service users back into the building with a safe and well managed framework which will includes:

  • A comprehensive COVID 19 organisational risk assessment for the Donaldson Trust
  • Detailed risk assessments for each zone within the building
  • Individual risk assessments for staff and service users where appropriate
  • Clearly demarcated zoned areas for teaching and learning that allows social distancing
  • Transitional areas in the building that will act as passing places and also maintain social distancing
  • Automatic hand sanitisers at all entry points into the building
  • A full stock of PPE for where appropriate
  • Reviewed fire procedures as a result of changes to working areas
  • Social distancing signifiers throughout the building
  • Infection control literature throughout the building
  • Training for staff on COVID 19 infection control within their areas

Our risk assessment will be under constant review as we do not want to put in place retractions for our service users for longer than we need to, however, we are taking a prudent approach as I am sure you will appreciate.
Most importantly for the new term we ask that under no circumstances should anyone come into the building if they or anyone in the family are showing signs of COVID 19. If a service user or family members are showing signs of COVID 19, then all household members must be tested and evidence of test results provided before service users are permitted back to The Donaldson Trust.

18th May 2020

We have now re-opened our services.

The Learning Centre is operating Monday to Thursday with different pupil and staff groups attending on alternate days.

Remote learning continues on an ongoing basis for all our pupils.

Similarly, our #JunX10n service is operating on a phased return offering both onsite and remote access opportunities for our young people.

We are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines throughout the building.


24th March 2020

On the 24th of March we unfortunately had to make the decision to close all of our building based services in light of the UK and Scottish Government advice surrounding Coronavirus.

Our closure will be for a three-week period and will be reviewed alongside any further guidance issued.

All of our school children have been provided with a range of activities and applications to allow them to continue the learning remotely. Our school staff will regularly check in with parents to support learning.

Our #JunX10n team are in contact with the trainees and are providing a remote support service for all of our young people.

All of our staff who are well are working from home to ensure continuity for the Trust and all who use our services.

Further update will be provided on a regular basis.