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.
Vaccine forms MUST be returned on Monday morning as the school nurse will be collecting completed forms on Monday afternoon.
Any forms returned late will not be accepted.
Please click on the link below for the most recent information from the NHS for parents and carers:
This information can also be found on Highland Council’s Back to School web page which is frequently updated:
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:
For full up-to-date Scottish government guidance on face coverings and public transport click here:
Scottish Government press release on face coverings
Also useful is the following link:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Please click on the link below for a letter with updated guidance from Highland Council on face coverings. Thank you
A wee post with some pictures to capture some of the learning at MOL in the second week of our return to school. It’s so wonderful to see the children back in school, smiling, having fun and learning together again. From the end of next week, you’ll be able to connect with your child’s class on their own blog to keep up to date with all the learning that is going on. Meantime, we’ll keep updating on what is happening around the school on here! More pictures from other classes/year groups to follow over the coming days. We’ll also be back in touch next week with details of how to ‘Stay Connected’ with the school (class blogs, google classroom as well as here on our main school blog) and with more information about how we are progressing with our delivery of Highland Council’s Recovery Curriculum, including our focus on health & well-being for all and play in the younger years.
Many of you will be aware that we have an issue at the school with young people who have grown used to using the car park area as a skate/scooter park over the period of school closure and the summer holidays. Using skateboards and scooters throughout this area is unsafe for all, and the behaviour (language) can be inappropriate for our families and community. We are working with the police and community partners to solve the problem so that the young people (some of them former pupils at our school) move from this area and possibly to another designated area where they can skate/scoot safely away from the school. I would ask that if you know your child does use this area for skating/scooting that you let them know it is no longer possible to do so as schools are back and we don’t want an incident involving young people on their scooters/skateboards and our own MOL pupils, families and staff at the school.
I will provide updates on this, but meantime, I hope you have a relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing everyone again next week. Best wishes, Mrs Snedden
Stem bridge building, being honest drama and loop card challenge in P6
Indoors and outdoors – exploring, making friendships and learning in the younger years (and even virtual whole school assemblies with Mrs Snedden!)…
Please see below a message from Highland Council issued today for parents
We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.
Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform the school.
The key message is don’t go to school or work if you are ill
For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign –
- Face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
- Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
- Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
- Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 – a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell
There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.