We have had a really lovely first day back to school.
The children were great and all settled into their new classes.
Breakfast club will be open from tomorrow. If you need information about this service please let the class teacher know. Thank you.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR ENTERING AND LEAVING SCHOOL
We recognise that arrangements today were not ideal. We really hope that queuing can be avoided and in order to help improve things, from tomorrow please note the following?
- The gates will be open around 8.50 – please allow your child to enter the gates from this time onwards and to line up at their line.
- Can all primary children who are old enough and confident enough to leave their parents slightly further away from the gate please do so and go and join their line?
- Can parents leave as soon as their child has entered the gates
- Primary 1 children please come in for 9.30.
- Nursery parents please use the gate with the buzzer system to enter then walk round to the fenced area beside nursery.
- We will allow parents to stand inside the grounds in the area to the left of the gates and not beyond the sandpit.
- Please maintain social distance whilst waiting, this is for everyone’s safety
HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
We will send out See Saw letters soon so that we can set up new classes for this year. See Saw is the app we use to share information with parents.
Our school uses Google G Suite. This will be used more frequently as the year progresses.
We are delighted to welcome some new members of staff to our team. Mr Thomson, Mr Lallah and Mr Russell have joined our teaching team. Mrs Gibb is working from home for just now and will work alongside Mr Russell and Mrs C Cameron in P3/4. We are in the process of advertising for our Road Crossing Patroller and Clerical Assistant. In the meantime these posts will be covered as best we can on a supply basis.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with the changes to our routines as we establish our “new normal”.
If you have any queries or concerns please do get in touch.
Please find attached our return to school letter and FAQs from The Highland Council.
I hope you are all well and have had a lovely summer break. We can’t wait to see everyone next week. I would be grateful if you can take note of the new arrangements for coming back on Wednesday 12th August.
We will see you next week and trust you will enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays.
HT letter parents return August 2020 CENTRAL
FAQs – Parents back to school (20 8 5)
Good Morning Everyone,
I hope you are all having a lovely summer break. I want to just make you aware, that following on from last week’s announcement about returning to school from the Deputy First Minister, we will be back to school on Wednesday 12th August. Mrs Guzowski and I are currently updating our plans for return and will post more detailed information tomorrow.
Kind Regards Mrs Fraser
Highland Council plans for return to education and learning
Today (Thursday 2 July) members of The Highland Council’s Education Committee considered the plans in place to reopen Highland schools in August.
Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee said: “I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work on developing plans, including contingencies, so we can accommodate the maximum number of young people safely in our schools. This is an immense and complex task as the national guidance and the health situation continues to evolve. I understand that parents, staff and young people may be feeling anxious as well as looking forward to getting back to school in August. I wish to provide assurances to you at this time that we will only progress with a 100% return if it is safe to do so and all our plans will be in line with national guidance.”
On Tuesday (23 June), the Deputy First Minister announced in Scottish Parliament that the Scottish Government is now aiming for the full return of children and young people to schools in August, subject to ongoing COVID-19 scientific and health advice.
Following this announcement, Council services and schools have been working towards a new Plan A – C scenario-based criterion, with Plan C having recently been undertaken by all local schools as part of the working to the previous 50% return.
The new plans are:
- Plan A – 100% return with no social distancing measures – key focus for 12th August.
- Plan B – 100% return with 1m social distancing using a range of local buildings and additional staffing – should ‘r’ factor increase; possible second wave.
- Plan C – 2m social distancing with blended learning attaining 50% in school learning; using a range of local buildings and additional staffing; possible lockdown.
The Council is aiming for a 100% return of pupils as long as social distancing measures permit (Plan A) on 12 August. This can only be achieved in schools if the key conditions set by Government guidance are met. Plans B and C will remain as a contingency to be implemented should the scientific and health advice indicate that it would not be safe to proceed with a full return.
Further planning options to support the safe and secure reopening of schools and ELC settings will be developed should national guidance change during the period from 2 July to 6 August.
Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, said: “We are working towards a full return to education in August, but our priority must be the safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. Individual school circumstances are being assessed at a local level and will remain mindful of national guidance. It is important our decisions in local planning are informed by local conversations as we continue our engagement with communities across Highland. We also understand the importance of communication and we are working hard to share up to date information with everyone concerned”.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for parents and children have been published on our website at www.highland.gov.uk/backtoschool and this site will be continually updated as new information is available.
We here at ‘inSpires at Inverness Cathedral’ have been successful in gaining a Wellbeing Grant which we are using to facilitate a ‘Lunchbox Club/Activity Pack’ Summer Holiday club. There will be lunchboxes to collect as well as age-related activity packs. While collecting their lunchboxes, there will be the opportunity to complete an application for School Uniform and Winter Jacket banks for all families.
Lunchboxes/Activity Packs can be collected from Kenneth Street Halls, 9-11 Kenneth Street, Inverness IV3 5NR on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 1pm. The project will run from Monday 6th July to Friday 7th August.
We require that children are registered for this to ensure we meet health and hygiene/Covid-19 regulations as well as ensuring that any dietary/allergy requirements are suitably catered for. We hereby enclose the link for the online form which requires to be submitted for our LUNCHBOX CLUB.
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