School Recovery 13: First Week back

Thursday 6th August 2020

This post outlines arrangements for staff and students as we prepare to return to school next week.  Our plans are a result of staff and student discussion, primarily in June, and comment sought from Parent Council Office Bearers.  In light of recent Scottish Government and Midlothian Council guidelines we are now in a position to share our plan.

Students and their parents/carers should be aware that our aim is to get all students returning to an in-school experience as safely and as quickly as possible.  Given that our return next week remains significantly impacted by the Covid-19 context we are employing a phased in-school return for most year groups.  This allows students to get used to the ‘new normal’ and our high expectations around new systems and practices that keep us all as safe as possible.

The exception to the above is that we want all our new S1 students in full-time from the first day.  Our plan is as follows

In effect this means a two day phased return programme as we expect all students in all years in from Friday 14th August.

School transport should run at the usual times and in line with the normal school day.  We’ll advise in a separate post on expectations around home/school/home travel.

Some students with significant additional needs may have a separate programme to ensure their safe return to school;  if so relevant staff will contact parent/carers directly.

We are seeking,  and expecting,  your understanding that the above approach strikes an appropriate balance around staff/student safety and getting back to in-school learning.

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