Update 13 March 2020

UPDATED ADVICE TO PARENTS/CARERS – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The attached letter has been emailed to parents an carers on Monday 16 March: Letter to parents 16 March 2020

Senior Phase Google Classroom Codes

The following document has all Senior Phase Google Classroom codes.  If a student is absent from school, they should check the classrooms for each of their subjects to allow them to catch up on missed work.

Covid-19 update

The most recent East Lothian Council information can be found at https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210558/social_care_and_health/12485/coronavirus_covid-19_in_scotland

You will be aware that the continually evolving situation relating to Covid-19 is causing significant local, national and international challenges.  You may also be aware that the UK government held a Cobra meeting yesterday afternoon.  The purpose of a Cobra meeting is to discuss high-level coordination and decision-making in the face of a crisis. Covid-19 is now considered to be pandemic.

Following this meeting, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stated that the decision has been taken that we have now moved from a contain phase into the delay phase. She also confirmed that schools will remain open for the time being but that this will be kept under constant review.  

Any decisions about SQA examinations would be made nationally and the most recent SQA update can be found at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93499.html

Over this week, we have made arrangements to ensure students have access to digital learning resources if these were to be required.  These are detailed below:

Students in S1, S2 and S3

 Work for each class would be set via Show my Homework (https://dunbarg.satchelone.com/school/home).  Today we offered support to any students who are having any issues with logging in to this platform and re-issued passwords to any students who our records show have not logged in for some time.

We would also encourage all students to be using BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zy4qn39

Students in S4, S5 and S6

Google Classrooms are set up for every senior class and a full list of codes will be shared with students.  Work for each class would be shared on the relevant Google Classroom. Teacher may also share links to online resources/videos.  All students have access to their EduBuzz emails and would be able to communicate with their class teachers and ask questions via this method.

Scholar is an online resource created and supported by Heriot Watt University, and follows SQA guidelines and past papers to support home learning in numerous subject areas.  There are tutorials, online videos that can be streamed to ‘teach’ topics from home or be used for revision and exam style questions. This resource is also reactive, so you can type in answers which are then electronically marked, with feedback given for incorrect or responses requiring greater depth.  Access to Scholar is via https://scholar.hw.ac.uk.  All S4/5/6 students were re-issued with their log in details today.

We would also encourage all students to be using the SQA past papers (https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm) along with BBC Bitesize (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize)

If you have any questions around this please contact the school on 01368 863 339 or by email at admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

We are aware that we have planned trips to Belgium/France and California in May/June. We are liaising with East Lothian Council and they have advised that we are to follow NHS and Government advice and take advice from the travel companies involved.  No decisions will be made until closer to the time of these trips as the overall situation is changing quickly. We will keep parents/carers posted as soon as we have any further information.

S2 Activities Week 2020

A reminder that this should have been paid in full by now.

Battlefields Update

The trip must be paid in full by the end of March. A letter has been given to all students confirming departure dates:

Please note the key dates below:

 DATE  EVENT/REMINDER
By Friday 20 March Return PC1 and Additional Information forms
24 March Parents Night, Belhaven Church, 6pm
20/04/20 – 24/04/20 EHIC and Passport to be handed into school
By 29/04/20 Accept and pay spending money via SchoolPay ‘Battlefields20’ account
29/04/20 – 01/05/20 All other spending money to be handed into school
20/04/20 – 01/05/20 Inhalers/other personal medication to be handed into school

Leavers’ Ceremony

S6 students will finish on Friday 24 April.  Exam leave for relevant students will commence on Monday 27 April (the first exam is Monday 27 April). The Leavers’ Ceremony will be on Friday 24 April.

Assemblies Next Week

  • Monday – Winterfield in the Assembly Hall
  • Tuesday – Lauderdale in the Assembly Hall
  • Wednesday – Cromwell in the Assembly Hall
  • Thursday – Victoria in the Assembly Hall
  • Friday – Castle in the Assembly Hall

Dates for Your Diary

Battlefields’ Information Parent/Carers Evening Tues 24 March
Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening Thurs 2 April
Break for Easter holidays / Dress Down – House Colours Fri 3 April
Staff & students resume Tuesday 21 April
Last day for S6 students, Leavers’ Ceremony Friday 24 April
Study leave starts Monday 27 April

Also, see our latest information sheet for students: Info Sheet

University of Oxford, Residential Summer School Sunday 21 June to Friday 26 June 2020

We are delighted to announce that East Lothian Council will be collaborating with Exeter College and St Benet’s College, of The University of Oxford on a fully funded residential experience, for two S3 pupils from each of East Lothian’s secondary schools. The successful candidates will become Oxford students from Sunday 21st June to Friday 26th June 2020. More information can be read here: Oxford Summer School

Other information, events and opportunities:

Student Absences

If your son/daughter is absent from school, please send a message detailing the reason for absence and anticipated date of return to 07860 049 053. You can still contact us by telephone or email if you prefer.

Payments to the School – Schoolpay

A  reminder that payments are cashless for regular payments.  Parents and carers should sign up to SchoolPay. The school office will be able to help you to sign up, if you need assistance, just ask.  You can also contact the dedicated On Line Payments team on Tel: 01620 827562 or email onlineschoolpayments@eastlothian.gov.uk who will be happy to help you. Please see the attached letter: Letter