We are looking ahead to possible arrangements for a full school return after Easter and planning arrangements for welcoming students back to school safely.
When confirmation of a whole school return is provided by Scottish Government, the following procedures are expected to come into play. Key elements such as distancing and face coverings are subject to government review.
The information here is to keep everyone safe. Please read this with your child.
We ask that students wear school colours plus warm cardigans/jumpers and a waterproof jacket.
If anyone in your household is showing Covid-19 symptoms, we request that your child remains at home and has a test.
The Start of the Day
There will be no morning Tutor group. This will remove the need for student movement and cleaning of desks early on in the morning.
Instead, students will go to their first period of the day from 8.30am and be ready to start lessons at 8.40am. This facilitates a softer, staggered entry to the building and allows duty SLT to check that students are wearing masks, that entry is calm and controlled, and that students are reminded to sanitise hands. The school bulletin will be made available to students during this time.
Entry to the Building
The morning warning bell will ring at 8.25am.
The afternoon warning bell will ring at 1.45pm.
Students will be required to line up in Tutor Groups at the start of the school day, after break and after lunch. Notices will direct your child to the muster point.
S1/S3 will enter via the MAIN entrance from 8.30am/1.50pm
S2/4 will enter via the HUB entrance from 8.30 am/1.50pm
S5/6 will enter via the FOYER entrance from 8.35am/1.45pm
On Entering the Building
- Make sure your face covering or visor is on. All secondary school pupils and staff will be expected to wear face coverings (unless exemptions apply- see below)
- Sanitise your hands.
- Keep 2m apart from the person in front of you.
For more information on why face coverings are necessary, see: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advisory-sub-group-on-education-and-childrens-issues---phased-return-to-in-person-learning-in-schools-and-elc-settings---next-steps/ Particularly, ‘advice [from 12th February] remains relevant and has been strengthened in one area to require face coverings to be worn throughout the day by all secondary aged pupils (not just senior phase)’
And for more advice for school users who have asthma, here is a helpful guide: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/what-should-people-with-asthma-do-now/should-i-wear-a-face-mask-or-face-covering/
We plan to use bells to signal the start of the day, the end of break, and the end of lunch. The removal of bells at period change-overs will avoid everyone leaving class and moving at exactly the same time.
Breaks and Lunch
- We will continue to encourage everyone to bring a packed lunch to eat outside. Our school canteen will be open for the purchase of sandwiches and fruit. Students eligible for free school meals can get a Grab and Go lunch at the Hub.
- You will go outside for break and lunch. Please wear a waterproof jacket and layers.
- Observe 2m distancing from your friends.
- Be respectful to other people when you leave school grounds to go home.
As always, we expect students to comply with school expectations and this continues to be a priority. If your child’s behaviour causes risk to others, we will inform you and your child may be sent home.