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COVID-19 and school: FAQs for parents and carers

covid 19

These Frequently Asked Questions bring together some of the questions parents and carers have asked since schools started back following the summer break. If you have other questions please look at the NHS Inform website or ask your child’s school. The school will contact NHS Lothian Health Protection Team if they need help giving you an answer.

COVID-19 symptoms and testing

COVID-19 symptoms are:
 A new, continuous cough and/or
 A fever/ high temperature and/or
 A change or loss in taste and/or smell (anosmia).

Note: A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

If you or your child have developed one or more of these symptoms (however mild) stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange a test. (More information about testing is at the end of these FAQs.) Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Everyone in your household should remain at home until you get the result of the test, then follow the advice you will be given with the result. (See more on NHS Inform.) It is important that anyone with one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms gets tested, so that anyone who tests positive knows to stay at home and self-isolate. The rest of their household should also stay at home and self-isolate, even if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms themselves.

1. What happens if a child develops symptoms of COVID-19 while in school?

All schools have information from NHS Lothian Health Protection Team, and plans in place for how to respond to any potential cases in school. Children and young people should know to inform an adult in school if they develop any symptoms. If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms while in school, they will be looked after safely and appropriately until they can be collected. As with any child who feels unwell at school, staff will do their best to comfort and reassure your child.

Other siblings in the school, or in other schools, should also return home as soon as possible and self- isolate with their household (see question 2, below). All members of the household should remain at home until the person with symptoms gets tested. They should then follow the advice given with the test result. (See more on NHS Inform.)

2. Does the household need to isolate if a child develops symptoms?

Yes. If your child develops one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms they should self-isolate and the rest of the household should self-isolate (stay at home) too. You should arrange a test for your child. You should all remain at home until you get the result of the test, then follow the advice you will be
given with the result. (See more on NHS Inform.) The rest of the household should not get tested unless they develop one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms.

3. What happens if someone in school tests positive?

Test and Protect is Scotland’s public health response to stopping the spread of coronavirus. When someone tests positive for COVID-19 they will get a phone call from Test and Protect. For children under the age of 16, the parent or carer will be contacted. Test and Protect give advice and take details of any recent close contacts. They will talk through what a close contact is. Those contacts will be called by Test and Protect and asked to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days.

If someone at your child’s school tests positive, or there are multiple people with symptoms, the NHS Lothian Health Protection Team will carry out a risk assessment and will support the school to ensure necessary steps are taken and all close contacts are identified and contacted. They will only know what further steps need to be taken once the risk assessment has taken place. The circumstances and the next steps may be different in different schools.
Parents and carers will be informed that there is a positive case in school. Unless you are contacted and advised otherwise, your child should attend school as normal, provided they are well and have no symptoms of COVID-19.

4. What is close contact?

Somebody who has been near someone with coronavirus and could have been infected. Close contacts may have been near the infected person at some point in the 48 hours before their symptoms appeared, or at any time since their symptoms appeared. Being near someone means:
 Face to face contact with the person within 1 metre for any length of time
 Within 1 metre of them for one minute or longer without face to face contact
 Within 1-2 metres of them for 15 minutes or more.

The closer the contact, the higher the risk. If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, they will pass your details on to Test and Protect and you will be contacted. Test and Protect will not tell you who the person who tested positive is, unless the person has given NHS Scotland clear permission to share this information.
If you are identified as a close contact you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, whether or not you have symptoms. This is because symptoms can take that long to develop and you can pass the virus on even if you don’t have symptoms. If you develop one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms, you should
request a test.

5. If your child is a close contact should others in the household isolate too?

No. If no one in the household has COVID-19 symptoms, only the person who has been told by Test  and Protect that they are a close contact has to self-isolate. Close contacts need to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days from their contact with the infected person. The rest of the household can go to work and school as usual.

6. Should you get tested if you have been in contact with someone who has
symptoms of COVID-19?

No. You should only get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been advised to get a test by NHS Lothian Health Protection Team.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, Test and Protect will call you to give you advice.

7. Should parents/carers tell the school if children or young people have
COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, it is important to let the school know if children are not attending and why. It is important for schools to record any COVID-19 symptoms among pupils and staff, as this can give early warning of any possible clusters of COVID-19 cases. See page 1 for a reminder of the COVID-19 symptoms.

8. Will everyone be told if someone in the school or class has symptoms or
tests positive for COVID-19?

Personal information is confidential and will not be shared. But those who need to take action – any close contacts – will be contacted promptly, and the wider school community will be given information as soon as possible (see below). Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Test and Protect. They will be asked to pass on details of any close contacts. Test and Protect will phone their close contacts and advise them to self-isolate for 14 days. Test and Protect do not share the name of the person who has tested

If there is a positive case at the school all families will be given the necessary information as soon as appropriate steps are agreed with the school, the local authority and public health. This will not include details of who has tested positive. Information will usually be in the form of a text message to parents/carers asking them to click through to a secure link on their school’s website, or an email providing information, depending on the method most commonly used in that school. The message will usually explain that someone in that school has tested positive and that robust contact tracing by trained professionals is underway. If they are not contacted they should continue to send their child to school the next day providing they are well and have no COVID-19 symptoms.

If you know of any children or families who have symptoms, or test positive, we would encourage you not to share this information. Anyone can be affected by COVID-19 and there is no shame or stigma associated with catching it. It is for each individual to decide if information about their health is shared.

9. If someone has COVID-19 symptoms, should they stay off school for at least 10 days?

A test is the only way for someone who has one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms to know if they have COVID-19. Testing is important in preventing the spread of coronavirus. If you, or your child, have one or more of these symptoms you should self-isolate and arrange a test:

 A new, continuous cough and/or
 A fever/ high temperature and/or
 A change or loss in taste and/or smell (anosmia).

The whole household should self-isolate until the person with symptoms gets their test result. If a child or young person tests negative they can return to school if they are well enough to do so (as per standard school illness policy), and if they have not had a fever for 48 hours. If a child or young person tests positive they should self-isolate for 10 days from the day their symptoms started. They should only come out of isolation after 10 days if they feel better and if they have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of the household should self-isolate for 14 days from the start of the symptoms, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 they need to continue to stay at home and arrange to get tested. If a child or young person is experiencing other types of symptoms e.g. a blocked/runny nose,
headache, sore throat, etc., but does not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, the standard school illness policy should be followed. What this means is:

 Children who have mild symptoms, such as a blocked/runny nose or a mild sore throat, but not presenting with any of the COVID-19 symptoms, can still go to school if they are well enough to do so. However, they should of course stay at home if they are too ill to be at school.

Children who do not have one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms should not get tested. If your child is unwell with other symptoms and is too ill to go to school, you should inform the school in the usual way, telling the school your child is absent and what their symptoms are.

10. If a parent/carer tests positive (or has COVID-19 symptoms) should their child stay off school for 14 days?

Yes. All household members must self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their household develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. The person who has tested positive must self-isolate for at least 10 days, and can only come out of isolation once their symptoms have improved and if they have not had a fever for 48 hours.

11.If there is an outbreak in a class/school will everyone be tested? Will
everyone be sent home?

If an outbreak is confirmed the local Health Protection Team will carry out a risk assessment and work with the school and local authority to plan next steps. This will include who should get tested and who does not need to get tested. It is unlikely that everyone will need to be tested. The test is most reliable if you have coronavirus symptoms. However the Health Protection Team will sometimes test wider groups of people when there is an outbreak. This is an extra public health measures to control the spread of the virus, and only when the risk assessment suggests this might be helpful. The risk assessment will also decide if anyone else needs to be sent home. A school should not usually need to be closed. Any plans to send pupils home will be shared with parents/carers and children/young people as soon as possible. The school will be able to organise learning at home for any pupils who cannot attend school. Schools will close only when a public health risk assessment deems this the only safe option.

12. If someone is told to isolate as a contact of a positive case, should they get

No, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19, or unless you have been advised to get tested by the NHS Lothian Health Protection Team. This is because:

 A test won’t confirm if a person has been exposed to the virus. A person who has been exposed to the virus may go on to develop symptoms. People who have had close contact with a positive case may have been exposed to the virus. As a precaution they should self- isolate for 14 days.

Anyone who has had contact with a positive case should monitor for any symptoms (particularly for the 14 days after contact with the positive case), and follow the advice from the Test and Protect team and NHS Inform.

13. Do children have to isolate or quarantine if they have recently travelled from a foreign country that has quarantine restrictions?

Yes. If your family and/or your child return from an area with quarantine restrictions keep them off school and stay at home for 14 days. A negative COVID test will not shorten quarantine as it doesn’t show if you or your child will develop the virus. Updated travel information is on If your family and/or your child have recently travelled to an area that is now in lockdown, visit NHS Inform for up to date information about quarantine advice.

14. Will a test show if someone has had COVID-19 in the past?

No. The test for COVID-19 is a nose and throat swab test. It will only show if there is virus present at the time of testing. It will not be able to tell if someone has had the infection in the past – that would require a blood test which is not currently available.

15.Will we be able to access testing if we have symptoms?

Everyone is working hard to ensure access to testing is available to those who need it. We can all help by only requesting a test when we have one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms:

 A new, continuous cough and/or
 A fever/ high temperature and/or
 A change or loss in taste and/or smell (anosmia).

See more information about testing at the end of these FAQs and on NHS Inform.

Infection control in schools

16.Do children and young people in schools have to physically distance?

The scientific evidence suggests physical distancing between children is not essential in primary school.

 Children in primary school do not have to stay 2 metres apart from each other in school.
 Children in primary school should stay 2 metres apart from teachers and other adults not in their households (where possible).

All schools should try to keep children and young people in the same groups. Groups should be as small as is practical. Smaller groups will help reduce the spread of infection if a child or young person tests positive for COVID-19.

The scientific evidence about physical distancing is less clear for secondary school pupils, so they should be encouraged to physically distance in school where possible.

 Young people in secondary school should stay 2 metres apart from teachers and school staff/adults (where possible).
 Young people of secondary school age should be encouraged to continue to physically distance when not in school, including at shops and on public transport. They should avoid large gatherings. House parties have been linked to outbreaks and are strongly discouraged. See Scottish Government guidance for more information.

17.If there is a positive case in a class or group, will everyone in the group be a close contact?

Not necessarily. Test and Protect and the Health Protection Team will help work out who is a close contact and needs to self-isolate and stay at home.

18.Do teachers and other school staff have to physically distance?

Yes. Teachers and other staff should stay 2 metres apart from each other and from children and young people. Where this is not possible they should wear a face covering, and this should be for as short a time as possible.

19.Will schools help children keep their hands clean?

Schools will make sure hand washing facilities are in place. Schools will support children, young people and staff to keep their hands clean throughout the school day. Outdoor hand basins or hand sanitisers (gel) will be available at entrances/exits. Help will be given to children who need it.
Hand washing is advised (instead of hand gel) for children with sensitive skin or allergies.

20.Will face coverings be used in schools?

Face coverings are made from cloth or other textiles that cover the mouth and nose, through which you can comfortably breathe. Face coverings are not the same as medical-grade face masks. If you are infected, a face covering may help to limit the spread of infection to people around you.

Face coverings are not required for children in primary schools.

Face coverings are not required for young people in secondary school when they are in class. However secondary school pupils will be asked to wear a face covering in corridors and other communal areas. Schools may advise pupils and staff to wear face coverings in other situations, e.g. if there is an outbreak in school. Staff in schools should use face coverings if they cannot physically distance from pupils or other adults.

21.Will school staff be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. a surgical mask, gloves and apron?

For most staff in schools, PPE (which may include a fluid resistant surgical mask, gloves, apron, eye protection) is not normally needed.
Schools have PPE supplies and training on how and when to use it. Examples of when it might be used are when caring for someone with suspected COVID-19 (e.g. if someone at school develops symptoms), or for providing personal care to a child or young person.

22.Will there be additional cleaning in schools?

Yes, all schools have an enhanced cleaning programme. Guidance from Health Protection Scotland tells schools what they should do to keep areas safe and clean. Where children, young people or staff have to move to different desks there will be cleaning materials to wipe down desks and chairs before and after use. Additional cleaning precautions are taken when a child or staff member has developed symptoms whilst in school.

23.What about more vulnerable groups?

Some groups may be more at risk of serious illness as a result of COVID-19. Guidance for people with underlying health conditions has been prepared and will continue to be updated. NHS Inform also has additional information that can support anyone in these groups who have further questions. Talk to your school if you need any more help or have any further questions or concerns.
The support required for children and young people with additional support needs will vary and should be considered in individual plans. Talk to your school if you have any questions or concerns.
There is some evidence that children, young people and adults from a Minority Ethnic background who are infected with COVID-19 may be more at risk of serious illness as a result of COVID-19. Talk to your school if you have any questions or concerns.

24.Drop off and pick up: can parents/carers enter schools and/or playgrounds?

Some parents and carers need to drop off and pick up children and young people. If so, they should take extra care to socially distance and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. When dropping off or picking up children:

 Please stay 2 metres away from other families/households. Close contact and large groups can increase the spread of coronavirus and could lead to an outbreak in school.
 To help stop crowding at the school gates, only one adult per family/household should be dropping off or picking up children.
 If your child can walk safely to and from school without an adult, or be dropped off and met at a safe distance from school, please let them. This will make physical distancing easier for those who have to accompany their child.
 Parents and carers should not enter school buildings unless required. Please discuss with your school first.

Special arrangements may need to be made for drop-offs and pick-ups of children and young people with additional support needs and those using school transport, including taxis.

25.How can you protect yourself from catching COVID-19?

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of you and your children getting ill with COVID-19. Children and young people may need reminded of how they can keep themselves safe.

You should all:
 regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly before and after eating
 use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
 avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
 avoid direct contact with people that are ill wherever possible
 cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow (not hands) if coughing or sneezing. Put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands
 avoid touching your face.

Adults should also:
 maintain physical distancing, and wear a face covering if you cannot stay at least 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Older young people (secondary school age) should also:
 physically distance from young people and adults where possible in school, AND physically distance when out of school
 wear a face covering in school when in corridors or other communal areas
 wear a face covering and maintain social distancing in shops and other public places
 avoid house parties and other large gatherings
 avoid sharing food and drink, and other products like cigarettes
 consider how kissing and sexual activity might put themselves and any partners at risk.

26. Further questions?

Please get in touch with your school in the first instance. Or visit NHS Inform for health advice.

Appendix 1
How to Arrange a COVID-19 Test
Early identification of suspected cases of COVID-19 is an important component in controlling the spread of coronavirus.
The symptoms of COVID-19 for children and adults are:

 High temperature and/or
 New, continuous cough and/or
 Loss or change to taste or smell.

If anyone has one or more of these symptoms they need to follow government advice, self-isolate and get tested. All household members should stay at home until the test result, and then follow the advice given with the result.
Testing for COVID-19 is essential, even though in most cases the symptoms will have another cause. The test is most reliable if you have coronavirus symptoms. If you do not have one or more of the above symptoms you should not arrange a test.

Further advice can be found here:

1. Arranging a test
Children and Young People and Their Households: General Population Testing
If you have symptoms or a member of your household is symptomatic, you can request at Coronavirus test at the UK Government Citizens’ Portal


Tests can also be arranged by calling 0800 028 2816.

You can choose whether to attend one of the testing sites or, subject to availability, to have a home testing kit delivered to your home (see section 3 ‘Self Testing Kits’).

Please note: People who have symptoms but who cannot manage a drive-through test or a self- taken home-test should phone 0800 028 2816 (you should not book a home-test via the UK portal) and NHS 24 will redirect you into the local alternative testing pathway. If a child or young person tests negative they can return to school once well enough to do so (N.B. they must not have had a fever for 48 hours).

2. If someone has COVID-19 symptoms and medical attention is needed
If a child, young person or staff member has one or more of COVID-19 symptoms and needs medical

 They should not attend their local GP but phone NHS 24 on 111 or phone 0800 028 2816. They may be offered an appointment, usually at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.
 If you do not have a car transport can be arranged.

In an emergency call 999 as usual.

3. Self Testing Kits
If you order a self-test kit it will be delivered to your home. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your (or your child’s) nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud. Each kit comes with instructions. You can watch a short video which shows the process step by step. You will carry out
the test, packing it up as instructed. A Royal Mail courier will arrive the next day to collect the test and take it to the lab. Your result should be sent by text message within 48 hours. You should get tested as soon as possible after developing one or more COVID-19 symptoms. If you have had symptoms for longer than 5 days it is not usually helpful to get tested as your result
may not be accurate. You can get advice from a health professional. If you cannot or do not get tested, and you have had one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days. You can only then come out of isolation if your symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever for 48
hours. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days.

A self-help guide to access to testing for coronavirus can be found on NHS Inform:

Headteacher Update 29th October 2020

Communication Wednesday

Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that you had a good mid term break and were able to spend time together as a family enjoying the holiday. The change in season is very much with us and as the temperatures begin to drop and the likelihood of inclement weather increases we need to make some changes to processes at school. Please see below for important updates to PE and our breaks. We also have updated on how we intend to share your child’s progress with you. This term in school we usually have lots of special calendar events –but due to current restrictions we will have to be creative about how we mark these events whilst still being able to participate in whole school projects and celebrations. We will keep you updated about our plans for Children In Need 2020 and Christmas at Campie.
Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Physical Education (PE)

Just prior to the midterm break, new guidance was issued by Scottish Government regarding implementation of PE. Previously children in Primary School were able to participate in PE indoors subject to a number of mitigating factors. This advice has now changed. ALL PE is to be led outside. To accommodate this the model for teaching in learning will be as follows:-

Prior to accessing the outdoors the children will explore the learning outcome and success criteria. They will then engage in activities outside. This will be either in the playground or on our Astro. On return to the classroom, the
children will then be involved any discussion about successes, achievements and identification of next steps. Mrs Clapperton, our PE specialist, will be adopting the same model, however children will meet in the gym hall before going outdoors.

Weather conditions
In the event of very poor weather, the PE lesson will be replaced with a health and wellbeing lesson. Ideally we will strive to ensure children continue to access 2 hours of PE each week. It is therefore important that your child comes dressed for the forecasted weather conditions – jogging trousers, waterproof jacket etc.


Previously we had shared that it was our intention to share a written interim report as an alternative to the usual face to face consultation we have at this time of the year. However we have decided to change this and offer a
telephone consultation. We feel that this provides greater opportunity for dialogue and therefore will hopefully be a positive experience.
It is anticipated that invites will be sent soon and the consultations will span over 2 weeks, with some being held on a third week – this is to accommodate classes with larger numbers.

In preparation, can you please ensure if you have any changes to your contact telephone numbers, that you inform the school office either by email or call 0131 665 2045
Week one: week beginning 9/11/2020
Week Two: week beginning 16/11/2020
(If required) Week Three: week beginning 23/11/2020
More information to follow.

Road Safety

We have continued to promote safe parking with the help of our little parking buddies and along with attendance from a parking attendant and the police. We hope coming to school is as safe as it can be. Can we please remind
everyone that the small car park at the rear of the school is for families who have a disability parking permit only. It is very small and is a designated priority parking area for our families who require it and children arriving by taxi.

Access to the Outdoors

Due to the large number accessing Olivebank Football Ground and the very heavy rainfall we have seen recently, the condition of the pitch means that for the time being we are not able to access this space. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity and when the weather improves we hope that once again we will be able to access this wonderful outdoor resource. However for now, we have had to plan breaks and lunchtime play in our playground area. As we are still operating a bubble system, this limits the number of classes that can access the playground at any one time. A staggered break and lunch has allowed us to maintain this approach whilst ensuring appropriate supervision. During one of our lunch break, we do not have sufficient space outside to accommodate all classes. We have therefore introduced a rota system whereby one year group remains indoors during their lunch break. The class will then go outside for an outdoor activity once the lunch break is over. (Weather permitting).


Head Teacher HT Update 7th October

Communication Wednesday

Dear parents and carers
We hope that you enjoyed viewing the Meet the Teacher presentations shared last week. I’m sure that your children were excited to talk about their experiences in school and the learning they have been involved in. Soon we will share another presentation that introduces you to the wider team and gives some insight into the roles they have within our school.
Please see below for some updates on what’s happening next week and some information about the excellent work our children are doing to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Changes to the staggered drop off and pick up.
Over the last few weeks we have noticed how well the above process has been going. Thank you to you for helping to reduce the number of children being collected from their line at the end of the day by meeting them at an agreed point away from the school gate. Combined with the numbers of children who are old enough to walk home responsibly without an adult, the process has become much quicker. As the numbers are now lower we will reduce to two stagger times.
We intend to run a trial week starting Monday the 12th of October.

The new times are:
Surname Start End
A-L 08 50 15 20
M-Z 09 00 15 30

Surname Start End
A-L 08 50 12 20
M-Z 09 00 12 30

Siblings with different surnames will be dismissed according to the oldest sibling’s surname.
Children attending nursery (1140 hours) can be collected from the nursery gate at 15 00
The afternoon outdoor session (break) will discontinue.

A gentle reminder . . .
If you are collecting bringing your child to school out with the staggered times, please call from the school gate and someone will arrange to meet your child or to bring them to you. Please do not come into the reception area.

Return of 1140 hour in our Nursery
Next week, our nursery will be changing their attendance model to revert back to an 1140 hours provision. In order to do this there has been rigorous risk assessments undertaken and physical changes to the playroom. If you
have a child in the nursery you will receive updated guidance which details everything you need to know about the new organisation.

Living our Values
Sustainability Reduce, reuse and recycle

Each week we have a virtual assembly. Two weeks ago we explored our value of sustainability and set a challenge to change one small thing to make a big difference. The response has been tremendous. As well as practical things that we can do in our classrooms, the children have been very creative about reducing waste during lunchtime. In conjunction with our catering team we will be making some changes to the school packed lunches. Some of the ideas we are adopting are:
 we will be phasing out the use of single use plastic bottles with children being able to refill their own water bottle at lunch
 Primary One and Two will be offered water at lunch in the dining room.
 The paper bags that the lunches come in will be recycled.

Look out for more of the innovative solutions that the children developed being shared soon.

Achievement assemblies

We wish to continue recognising achievements both in and out of school. This Friday there will an opportunity for children to hear each other’s achievements. All achievements shared with us are celebrated in the class and recorded in the class achievement book. If you have something that your child is particularly proud of achieving, then let us know and this too can be added to the book.

Road Safety

Thanks to you, there has been an improvement in the parking at Campie. This helps to keep everyone safe. Can I also take this opportunity to ensure everyone complies with the 20 mph limit and takes extra care when driving
and parking around the school. It has been noted that some cars seem to be travelling very fast – particularly near Musselburgh Rugby Club car park, Stoneyhill Farm Road and Eskview Crescent.

Getting ready for the colder months.

We will continue to access the outdoors for learning and will be going outside for breaks. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather so that they remain warm, dry and comfortable. We will continue
to keep our windows open to maintain good ventilation in the classroom.
Scottish Government advised that where children can they should come dressed for PE. As a result gym bags were returned to you. If however coming dressed for PE is not possible then your child can bring their bag into school and this can be kept on their peg.

Communication Wednesday – 16th September

Communication Wednesday

It is hard to believe we are approaching the autumn long weekend! The term has simply flashed by and, despite children not being in the school building since March, they have made excellent progress in our Recover, Reconnect and Nurture phase. We aim to continue implementing the principles of this approach and to be responsive to our children’s needs. We know that a school calendar has a rhythm to it and key events usually occur at particular times in the session. Where we can, we aim to find alternatives to ensure that the information and communication you have replicates what would have been available to you if we were experiencing a ‘normal’ school year. We will continue to ensure your child’s experience is a positive one where they make good progress in their learning and are provided with lots of opportunities for achievement.

Meet the Staff

As you are aware we are not able to have visitors in school, however we want to be creative and develop ways in which we can communicate and share updates about your child’s experience in school. Ordinarily we would have a Meet the Staff evening; an informal opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, view the classroom and look at some of the resources used to support and enrich the learning experience. We plan to do this in a virtual way. The children will be assigned to their new Google Classroom and next week they will be able to log on with you and together you can share and discuss the presentation. We will support everyone to ensure they are able to access their virtual classroom.

Where next in our learning journey?

As you are aware our initial focus was on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing and these will remain a priority, however teachers are introducing other aspects of the curriculum. Next week a Highlight sheet will provide you with details of the planned learning for to the mid-term break. Another highlight will be shared after the October break to share intended learning for the period leading up to the Christmas break.

Supporting Reading

Currently advice remains that we minimise materials being shared between home and school. Therefore we are not yet able to send reading books home. Teaching of reading will continue in school. Whilst you will not be able to share the reading book that is being used we ask that you actively encourage reading for pleasure at home. Children in P4-P7 will also be using Accelerated Reader programme to track the books they read for pleasure.

Parents’ Consultation

It is highly unlikely given the current restrictions that we will be able to host consultations as we have done previously, however we wish to ensure that there is clarity about your child’s progress and achievement. Instead of a face to face to meeting, teachers will prepare an interim written report. More information regarding the content, dates of issue etc. will be shared in due course.

Show you Care – Park Elsewhere

A huge thank you to everyone who is making positive choices leading to our children being safer at drop off and pick up. Safety of our school community is and will always be a priority – thank you for following the rules of the road and keeping our pavements and crossing points clear of cars.


The table below indicates the days that your child will do PE. The new guidance from Scottish Government published 11.9.20 recommends that where possible children come dressed for PE. There may be days where an additional physical activity session is planned which is out with the usual PE timetable. It is not essential that your child wears PE kit on these days and the activity will be designed in such a way to allow full participation.

PE Timetable

PE Kit:

Suggestions for kit: Clothing that allows your child to move comfortably and maintain an appropriate temperature e.g. they may wish to wear layers to be warm if outside and cool if they become too hot due to exertion.

 Shorts

 T shirt/polo shirt

 Joggers/leggings

 Sweatshirt

 Trainers/plimsolls

No football shirts please

Communication Wednesday – 14th September

A Message from Mrs McKay

Dear parents and carers

This booklet is being shared to support the smooth transition back to our school building from the 12th of August 2020. We know that you will have many questions about what this will look like and I hope that this document will provide you with answers to these questions.

Whilst we know that some of the following will be different to what we have done in the past, every process has been developed in response to the central guiding principle that we want our children to be safe and happy at school.

Although this document seems very procedural, we can assure you that we will be vigilant in ensuring compliance with all the requirements and actions detailed in supporting guidance and risk assessment. We will ensure a nurturing ethos and be responsive to your child’s social and emotional wellbeing. We want our children to be positive about being in school and as such we will share these processes and expectations so that children understand the need for them without becoming overly anxious or concerned about ‘getting it wrong’.

These arrangements will only be in place for as long as is required and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Where we discover that something is not quite working, we will find a solution and communicate that with our children and with you.

Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Parent Handbook – August 2020 Arrangements