As always I hope this update finds you and your family well.
First of all I was delighted that on Tuesday 16th February, the First Minister announced the return to schools on wb 22nd February for certain pupil groups in light of the current COVID statistics and numbers. This means we are allowed to have small numbers (no more than 8% of the school roll) of S4,S5 and S6 pupils back in school to complete essential work in subjects where there is a high demand of practical work required to complete the course. For example Practical Woodwork @ N5 has 55% of its course as a practical activity therefore it would feature as a priority subject.
We are in the process of finalising a timetable and protocols and we will publish this on our website on Thursday 18th February. It may be helpful for you (and your son/daughter) to be aware of this of the following
- Health and Safety for all is of paramount importance.
- Protocols such as 2m distancing, face coverings and hand sanitisation must be complied with by all pupils.
- Single Subject ‘Bubbles’ are offered on a full day basis and your child will only be able to attend one subject on that day.
- Break and lunch will be provided by the school at no cost and no pupil should leave school at break or lunchtime
More details of this will follow tomorrow.
Secondly I wanted to inform you of the process of asymptomatic testing that will be available for all S4,S5 and S6 pupils in school. We are now in possession of testing kits and NHS information and we will publish the details of this no later than Friday 19th February, Again, in the meantime it will be helpful for you to be aware that
- For all staff and Senior Phase pupils, this is voluntary and that no one will be required to undergo testing without consent, or be excluded from school if they do not wish to take a test.
- Watch this video to get a better understanding of the test and what’s involved
Last but not least, we want to remind you that online learning for all our S1,S2 and S3 pupils is available and we encourage you to sign up to live lessons and to use the website material where possible. I hope that in the next two weeks the First Minister announces more positive messages and statistics and we can look to get more pupils (especially the younger ones) back where they belong – in school and learning.