Over the current school closure, please contact your child’s class teacher by email if you have any queries about online learning. If you have any other concerns, please contact Meg Snedden, Acting Head Teacher, using the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will enjoy having a look through some of our videos showcasing everything about our school this year. We have been so proud to be part of this community with you, the parents, families, staff and children of Milton of Leys. Have a lovely summer – good luck P7! – and see you in August. School’s out for summer!
Following an update from the local authority, Milton of Leys is happy to be able to confirm the following details.
For academic year 2020-2021 we will be providing 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare which will be split over the 38 weeks of school term time only.
School lunches will be available to purchase for all nursery parents under both the full return plan A and also contingency plans B and C, which would see the children return in a blended home/school model. Please note plans B and C would only come into effect if the current coronavirus pandemic cases begin to increase and the virus is not suppressed. Current expectation is to plan for all children to return 100% of their time in August.
You will have received an email yesterday detailing which 2 days your child would attend the setting should plans B or C have to come into effect. Please contact our Childcare Manager, Emma Law if you did not receive this email.
As our confirmed funded model of early learning and childcare has now changed from the previously proposed 1140 hours, you will now be emailed (also a link below) a new preference of hours to enable you to request which days and times you would like your child to attend. These should be returned by 2.00pm on Wednesday July 1st to Emma.Law@highland.gov.uk to enable us to organise the setting for our return in August. Once all forms have been received, you will be emailed a confirmation of your child’s allocated room, key worker and attendance pattern.
Should you wish your child to attend more than one setting and the children return full time then it may be possible to accommodate your child under a split placement. This will only be considered if the coronavirus pandemic is under control and the virus continues to be suppressed. Please discuss this with our Childcare Manager, Emma Law.
Breakfast and after school club
We are currently waiting for confirmation that these will resume as normal from August 12th. We will provide booking details as soon as we have this confirmation.
The local authority confirmed this afternoon that schools should expect a 100 per cent return in August with no social distancing. Schools are still waiting for further guidance about this full return which will be based on scientific and medical advice nearer the time of the return. The government is expected to confirm the re-opening of schools fully on July 30th. To be prepared for a possible full return or blended learning with in-school/at-home learning, we have 3 planned models.
Within this model, all pupils will return to school five days a week from August 12th. There will still be strict observation of handwashing and hygiene throughout the school day. The safety and well-being of all our pupils will remain our top priority with health and safety measures set out within appropriate risk assessments.
We are waiting for confirmation about our breakfast club & after school club provision.
We are also waiting for confirmation of allocation of hours for children within our ELC.
Our first contingency plan, model B is based on the return to school with 2m social distancing. These plans have been shared with parents and enable pupils to return to school two days a week from August 12th. As previously shared, we would hope to increase in-school attendance with the 3&2 pattern using alternate Fridays so pupils are able to be in school for 50% of the time over two weeks. We have organised the whole school roll, including nursery pods and pupils from P1-7 in groups according to parents’ preferred days and friendships, and will share the allocated days with you next week, so that you have these for your own contingency planning should it seem likely over the course of the summer that the full return will not be possible.
This contingency plan is based upon a return to school with 1m social distancing. We have calculated that we would be able to return 100 per cent of pupils to school five days a week with 1m social distancing and would follow appropriate risk assessments to ensure the safety and well-being of our pupils.
As mentioned at the Parent Council meeting last week, our school roll for P1-7 is currently on the cusp between 13 and 14 classes. For this reason, we will not be able to share the name of your child’s class teacher with you before the summer break as we will be able to confirm how our classes will be configured before then. I realise that this will be disappointing, but would like to reassure that this means that when we are back in August we will be able to allocate new classes for the session 2020/21 with confidence.
I will be in touch with the school community from early August when it is confirmed how schools will re-open. Please be assured that we will be able to use Model B immediately with the groupings we have should this be the case, and will be able to confirm this with you before the start of the session. If we return fully, we will make plans to share the new classes with children at the start of the session.
We are at the end of a long and busy week, and as ever would like to thank you for your continued support for the school. We are very nearly at the end of session, and I am keen to remind you of some key events coming up next week:
Monday June 29th12.00pm P7 Leavers’ Assembly
Wednesday July 1st 2.00pm End of session Assembly
Thursday July 2nd MOL’s Got Talent – share your talent and we will enjoy watching this on our last day of the session!
Thursday July 2nd 12.00pm Schools break up for summer
Tuesday August 11th – In-set day (school closed to pupils)
Wednesday August 12th – School opens to pupils (model to be confirmed after government review July 30th)
Please note that schools will close on June 25th 2021 for the summer holidays next year, on account of our return to school one week ahead of the planned return in August 2020.
Have a good weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone at different assemblies/ events next week!
As planned, later today we will share further information about the school’s planning for the return in August including the blended model contingency plan. Based on the information yesterday, the government will make a decision on July 30th about the return to school, meaning that we will know in August whether we are beginning next session with a full return to school or the blended in-school/at-home model we have been planning and shared with you at Parent Council last week. I will update as soon as we know what the re-opening model for August 12th for the children will be. The safety and well-being of our children and families remain our number one consideration and guiding principle with our planning.
As previously shared, you should expect to hear by email during the course of the day today, the days of the week for the initial return to school based on the blended model, their group name and the responsible ‘go-to’ adult for that group. We are pleased to be able to say that we have been able to take into account all families’ preferred days for this initial model. Please remember that this group is not the full class group, and that details of your child’s class for next session will be shared in August when we have confirmation about the model for returning to school, and in the case of Milton of Leys, the number of classes we will have for next session.
As always please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about any of the information shared. I hope you and your families enjoy the rest of the sunshine today. With best wishes, Mrs Snedden