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 will be providing hot school meals in the hall from tomorrow (Wednesday 16th September). Please click on the link below for the menu. We will be starting on Week 1 for lunches from tomorrow. The menu is until the October holidays. School dinner costs stay the same at £2.30 (P4-7) – pupils in P1-3 have free school meals – and there are no changes to ordering lunches using the smartboard in class. This move comes after trialing the use of the hall with packed lunches (from home and school dinner) over the past two weeks. Pupils have their lunches on a rota and the whole hall is given over to this to provide ample space. We will review progress with this at the October holidays but meantime, are glad to be able to provide full school dinner service from this week. I know many of the children have been looking froward to this!
If your child may be eligible for a free school meal or clothing grant, please click on the link below. Even if your child is in P1-3, it is worth signing up for this entitlement as the school then receives funds for pupils receiving free school meals which is used to support your child in different ways at the school.
Please see the letter from Nicky Grant, Executive Chief Officer, encouraging pupils to come to school with an extra layer/dressed warmly while we follow government guidance to keep windows open in schools to increase ventilation with the aim of minimising the risk of transmission of the coronavirus indoors. As it states in the letter, we have relaxed dress codes for school so pupils can be comfortable and warm. If you have any queries/concerns, please don’t hesitate to make contact. Thank you, Mrs Snedden
Please note that the information in the letter emailed to all families last week supersedes previous information from the Public Health team (previously posted as a flowchart). We have been asked to ensure that all parents use the information as detailed in the letter, and on the link below. If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please continue to use NHS inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/ for up-to-date guidance. Thank you
The Parent Council AGM will be on Wednesday 23rd September at 6.30pm. This will be a virtual meeting using google meet as was organised last term. Details to join the meet will be shared the day before. Last time we had over 90 households join the meeting and it will be super to have as many families join again. We look forward to seeing you then.
There’s been a lot of interesting learning about our range of emotions in school today and lots of colour in class with everyone dressed to show their feelings. The family home learning task is linked to this with a chance to speak about emotions, understanding each other’s feelings and being kind. The home learning tasks on your child’s google classroom are an opportunity for families to share some of the learning in school together.
Thank you to our families for helping make sure everyone came all kitted up in a wonderful array of colours; we hope you enjoy some of the pictures from the day and have a great weekend:-)
A reminder that tomorrow everyone can come to school wearing any colours they want to ‘show their emotions’. This is part of our health and well-being focus where we’re been thinking about feelings, friendships and being kind. This learning is helping us as we settle into school routines and being back in school together again. We look forward to seeing everyone in their different colours and being able to describe what the colours represent to them. Please ask your child to let them know what they have learnt in class and from our assembly on Monday, including the stories we shared – The Colour Monster, The Huge Bag of Worries, and a short Inside Out clip.
Good morning! I hope everyone is well and you have enjoyed the weekend. Please remember to report pupil absence in the normal way – phone the school and leave a message when prompted about absence or email the school office. Please be specific about the reason for your child’s absence. It is important that you let us know if you are waiting for Covid-19 test results for your child or if your child is absent, self-isolating, as someone else in the household is waiting for test results. It is essential that you let us know if test results for anyone in the household are positive. Thank you.
It is really important that as a school and authority we have current, up-to-date information about the coronavirus as a public health issue. For this reason, please make sure you let us know if your child has been taken for a test even if the results are negative so that we can build up a picture of the situation in our community. If your child or any member of the household tests positive, it is essential that you contact the school immediately so that appropriate measures can be put in place, following public health guidance.
Information from Highland Council about face coverings and public transport has been shared by letter on the blog today:
I hope this information will help reassure the community during these times as we respond to national and local authority guidance. Please email if you have questions/concerns about any of the above. Thank you, Mrs Snedden email@example.com
At a meeting (24 August) of the Council’s Recovery Board this week, Members heard an update on Highland’s return to education from our Head of Education.
Chair of the Recovery Board, Cllr Alasdair Christie, said: “I would like to highlight the fantastic job all our staff – our teachers, our non-teaching and our facilities staff, have done in getting our schools in Highland back and learning resumed with the safety measures in place. I want to thank all involved in carrying out this difficult and complex piece of work. 203 of our schools and 245 of our ELC settings were opened by 17 August which was a testimony to the preparatory work across all Council services for the safe return of our education settings.”
Head of Education, Nicky Grant, said: “To ensure our settings continue to be as safe as possible, all schools take account of their local circumstances and reflect this in detailed risk assessments. Additionally, local project boards continue to run on a weekly basis with a focus on individual school and community issues relating to transport, catering, facilities and property management and digital issues.
“The safety and wellbeing of all staff and pupils remains a priority. Covid-19 is still with us, although there is currently no evidence of widespread transmission in Highland. To help keep the risk of transmission in schools low, efforts have been made to keep children and young people within the same groups for the duration of the school day. For example, in primary schools, groups are based on classes and in secondary schools, groups are based on whole years groups or a S4-S6 cohort.”
The Council is continuing to work closely with Public Health in relation to all health matters. Currently, two schools in Highland have experienced a singular positive test result within their setting in the past week. A daily resilience meeting of officers monitors the national and local situation, considers guidance and undertakes any necessary actions to respond to outbreaks and mitigation and prevention activity, as well as ensuring effective internal and external communication.
Subsequent to updates in the guidance by the Scottish Government on face coverings in school settings, briefings, FAQs and information has been made available to support schools, non-teaching staff and parents. The guidance comes into effect for all schools on 31 August. Our webpage www.highland.gov.uk/backtoschool is continually being updated.
Chair of the Council’s Education Committee John Finlayson added: “There is a vast amount of work taking place in the background to ensure that our school settings are positive and safe environments in line with national guidance and public health advice for our local context. It is fantastic to see our young people getting back to school and gaining from the invaluable contact with their peers as well as the educational benefits. We will continue to be agile and responsive to any changes as they occur in the coming weeks and months.”
Face coverings in schools (from the Scottish Government)
In light of the latest scientific and public health advice, including World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, face coverings should now (unless exemptions apply) be worn:
in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain
·on dedicated school transport by all children aged five and over, bringing it into line with guidance for public transport
While staff and students can continue to wear face coverings if they wish to, face coverings will not generally be necessary in the classroom as there is greater scope for physical distancing and face coverings can have an impact on learning and teaching. However it remains the case that where adults cannot keep 2m distance and are interacting face-to-face for a sustained period (about 15 minutes or more), face coverings should be worn.