We are under strict guidelines and we want to outline our plans for the virtual return on 11 January. Hopefully the First Minister will find a way to return everyone to school at the beginning of February with appropriate precautions in place. As soon as we can return to school, we shall return.
We will be returning to teach through Teams as we did in the Summer Term with a few adaptations. The senior girls, as well as girls in Upper 3, will have a full timetable from Monday to Friday. Junior Years from Reception to Lower 3 will have two thirds teaching timetable with projects, activities and some physical challenges in the afternoons.
We have been working on modifying timetables to ensure maximum delivery of academic lessons and once these have been finalised, Tutors and Class Teachers will be sharing this with you, certainly by the end of this week. Senior and Upper 3 girls will follow their current timetable with no combining of classes or reduction in lessons. Some teachers may adapt the Higher classes slightly to allow for the collection of evidence and this will be outlined to you by individual teachers. Sixth Form girls will not have core RS or SFS, allowing time to prepare written, musical or art work as evidence to be submitted for Higher and Advanced Higher assessment. We plan to run the preliminary examinations from 3-10 February, hopefully in person in school. However, should we not have returned, these examinations will be conducted virtually. At the moment, we hope that the Easter holiday dates will remain as planned and our final assessments for U5, L6 and U6 will be conducted immediately after the break.
All pupils will begin the day with Registration followed by assembly or tutor time. Mrs MacGinty’s assemblies will run as normal and will be zoomed from Chapel live: whole school on Mondays and Junior Years on Fridays. Other assemblies will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from other staff/pupils and Tutors will direct the pupils to the zoom link which will be sent to their school email accounts.
According to the Scottish Guidance, we can accept boarders back who are in a vulnerable position such as: not able to connect to Wi-Fi, in a different time zone, not being in a “family” situation, already in transit or where their well-being and mental health will be impaired. Indeed we have already welcomed a number of boarders back and they will be kept in bubbles for the quarantine period of ten days. The boarders will have the opportunity to mix with others from a similar area and in appropriate age groups. Please contact Mrs Muller for further clarification. Unfortunately we will not be able to welcome flexi boarding girls during this lockdown and any girls coming into boarding will not be able to go home for weekends.
Boarders will access lessons online and also have a number of activities offered to them, all adhering to COVID Guidance. We remain open to the children of key workers and should you need to place your children with us, please contact Mrs Muller.
As in March, although the teaching buildings are closed, the school is still very much open and we will do all we can to support the pupils academically, pastorally and physically with their well-being as our first priority. Please be assured that our current situation is not one that anyone in the Kilgraston community would want to be in. We are acutely aware of the impact this will have on the health of our pupils and all staff will do everything we can to get through this in the most positive way possible. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.