Monthly Archives: August 2020

New guidance for face coverings in schools


Dear Parent/Carer,

New guidance for face coverings in schools

Yesterday (25 August) the Scottish Government updated their guidance on wearing face coverings in schools. The guidance, which comes into effect for all schools on 31 August, now states:

“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”.

Please discuss this with your child and ensure that your child is provided with a reusable face covering to use on bus transport and at school as required in the guidance which comes into effect from Monday 31 August. Pupils should not be sent home for not wearing a face covering and there are some exemptions to the wearing of face coverings. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your child’s class teacher/Head Teacher.

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. We continue to ensure our settings are 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, property & facilities management and digital issues.

The Council is continuing to work closely with Public Health in relation to all health matters and be directed by national guidance. You can view the updated guidance and the Government’s press release on face coverings for further information. Our webpage www.highland.gov.uk/backtoschool is continually being updated.

Finally, the Scottish Government has released a helpful video on how to make a face covering.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs Fraser

Information for all

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

Do

  • 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.

Thank you.

School Information

We are experiencing a technical problem with the messages left on our absence line. We are not able to open and listen to them. 

Until this is resolved could you please either email us, message the teacher on Seesaw or leave a message on 01463233906 (not absence line).

We seem to have settled into a smooth morning routine for children coming to school and  we are happy for P1 to come at 9am.

Thank you for your patience.

Week Two

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Our school community continue to work together to make smooth entry and exit from school.  Thank you for your help with this.  We appreciate the difficulties on Planefield Road and are seeking to find both short and long term solutions.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday when we will open the gates slightly earlier at 8.45 to allow children to enter the playground and find their space to line up.  Primary 1 children are welcome to come along from 9.10 or with their older sibling if that is easier for families.

As last week:

  • Nursery parents please use buzzer system gate to enter then walk round to the outside fenced area.  Please also exit from this gate.
  • 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?
  • At the end of the day children who are meeting parents further away from the gate will be at the front of the line coming out of school in order to exit easily.
  • Can parents leave as soon as their child has entered the gate?
  • If parents have come into the playground to wait at the end of the day then please exit via the buzzer system gate.
  • To try and avoid congestion please refrain from waiting at the barrier.
  • if you are driving your child to school ,please consider if you can park further away and walk.
  • Please maintain your social distance while we manage entry and exits.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Fraser

 

Welcome Back

Hello,

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.

GOOGLE

Our school uses Google G Suite.  This will be used more frequently as the year progresses.

STAFF

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.

Mrs Fraser

 

 

Return to School Letter and FAQs

Hello Everyone,

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.

Take care

Mrs Fraser

HT letter parents return August 2020 CENTRAL

FAQs – Parents back to school (20 8 5)