Coronavirus update 3rd February 2021
You will no doubt have heard the First Minister, Ms Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday afternoon that schools are likely to return in a gradual and phased way from Monday 22
February. The first phase is to be Primary 1-3, which, for us, Reception, Lower 1 and Upper 1. They will be attending full time with their regular teachers. Although they will be following their normal timetable, there may be some movement of subjects from mornings to afternoons or from one day to another to accommodate staff who will also be teaching other classes not in school. To keep Junior Years and seniors in bubbles, we will arrange for lunch to be served in The Grange.
For seniors, between 5-8% of public examination year groups can attend for face to face teaching to allow practical assessments to take place. For our girls in Upper 5, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth who are taking examinations in Music, Music Technology, Drama, Art or Physical Education there will be designated days when they will be invited in to school to complete practical work with their teachers. There will be a maximum of twelve girls at any one time and all safety measures stipulated by the Guidance will be observed. The Deputy First Minister announced this morning that the 5-8% of pupils allowed to attend school is in addition to the Key Worker children we are already accommodating. The announcement is good news but it is a planned return dependant on the infection rate and will be confirmed in two weeks-time. At that time, we also hope to hear of when we can have other year groups return to school.
We are so looking forward to having the children back and hopefully after half term the weather will have improved and we will hear their happy chatter at break times. It has been such a
trying time for everyone.
As soon as I have any updates, particularly from SQA, we will be in touch.
Stay well and take care.