Student Newsletter Thursday 19 March 2020

EDINBURGH COLLEGE CLOSED

Pupils who attend the Edinburgh College campuses are reminded that the college is closed until 20 April.  Pupils should attend classes as normal on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Thank you

Ms McLennan

 

S1 AND S2 RMPS CLASSWORK JOTTERS

Can S1 and S2 pupils please collect their class jotters from Miss Graham or Miss Lyon and take them home (some of you already have them).  Either collect them when you have RMPS or, if you do not have RMPS before Friday, please collect them at break time or lunch time.

Miss Lyon

 

WARNING RE WATER BOTTLES

There has been reports that students are using water bottles and spraying each other. These water bottles are BANNED. Any student caught spraying a water bottle in school will be sent to SMT. Any water bottle found in a student’s possession will be confiscated due to health and safety concerns. They will only be returned to parents.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Mr Biddick

 

Student Newsletter Wednesday 18 March 2020

WARNING RE WATER BOTTLES

There has been reports that students are using water bottles and spraying each other. These water bottles are BANNED. Any student caught spraying a water bottle in school will be sent to SMT. Any water bottle found in a student’s possession will be confiscated due to health and safety concerns. They will only be returned to parents.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Mr Biddick

 

FILM CLUB

There will be no film club after school today (Wednesday 18 March).

Mr Smith

 

MIDLOTHIAN’S YOUNG PEOPLE AWARD

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URGENT – COVID-19 Information for Midlothian Parents and Carers

17 March 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

COVID-19 Information for Midlothian Parents and Carers

In light of the developing situation around COVID 19, at this point in time all Midlothian settings will continue to be open and provide education for your child. However this continues to be closely monitored and we will maintain communication with you with regards to any changes.

All schools, early learning and childcare settings and other educational settings have been issued with detailed guidance by Health Protection Scotland. Our expectation is that all Midlothian settings are following this and using it as their primary source of guidance.

NHS Inform (www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus).

Of primary importance at this time is our approach to infection control, we recommend that children and young people, staff and visitors wash their hands:

  • Before leaving home
  • On arrival at school/setting
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks and sporting activities
  • Before food preparation
  • Before eating any food, including snacks
  • Before leaving school/setting

If a pupil might have been in contact with someone infected with Coronavirus they should not attend education even if they are well. Parent / Carers should first contact NHS24 (111) for further assessment and advice then report this to the Head Teacher. The above guidelines also apply to all of our teaching and other staff.

It is of course your own decision as to whether or not you decide not to send your child to school. Schools will not provide individual packs of work for your child, however there will be activities on the school website. In addition we have developed a distance learning policy that will be put into action in due course.

Consideration will be given for those sitting practical exams over the coming weeks to ensure that these can proceed for those who are well. At present, there is no change to the published National Qualifications 2020 examination timetable, and the exam diet remains on track. The Scottish Qualifications Authority have advised that current deadlines for coursework, and other assessments, remain in place. The SQA is continuing to monitor the situation regarding coronavirus closely, in consultation with the

Scottish Government, and will provide further guidance if required. A Qualifications Contingency Planning group exists to draw together the Scottish Government, SQA and related stakeholders to consider any significant risks to the exam diet.

We appreciate that these are challenging circumstances. We would like to reassure you that our priority is to support the health and wellbeing of our children and young people and minimise any disruption to their education.  We are in close contact with Head Teachers who will continue to provide you with updated information via your school’s usual channels.

Midlothian Council’s website will be updated with any developments at Midlothian.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Fiona Robertson

Executive Director Children, Young People & Partnerships

cathy.lailvaux@midlothian.gov.uk

URGENT – Year Group Closures

17 March 2020

Dear Parent /Carer

As of today, Tuesday 17 March, a number of our staff at Penicuik High School are following the latest NHS advice and self-isolating. Please note there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus virus at the school. The NHS Public Health Protection Team has been contacted and assured us no restrictions or special control measures are required and the school should remain open.

However, with the numbers of staff self-isolating, this impacts on our ability to provide a ‘normal service’. Therefore from Wednesday 18 March, we will begin a process where, on rotation, S2, S1 and S3 year groups will be asked to remain at home. This means S2 students should stay at home on Wednesday 18 March, S1 on Thursday 19 March and S3 on Friday 20 March. Currently, we do not believe there is a need for more than one year group to be off at a time.

This approach allows our school to prioritise both the resources we have and Senior Phase classes as these students work towards SQA performances and deadlines. At the same time, we want to try and give parents and carers notice of our intention so you can make childcare contingency plans for these days and potentially ongoing, depending on staffing levels.

If students are at home they will be able to access learning remotely.  The school is well-placed for all students to continue with their education by accessing learning resources through the snow day area on our website or via GLOW and the Google Suite of apps. Not all S1 and 2 classes will have used this facility. Where classes have used the GLOW Google suite they should have access to those classes on Google Classroom via codes shared with them by their teachers.

As the situation evolves we will continue to update parent/carers on a daily basis on the school website and through GroupCall.

You can also find the latest information on the coronavirus on the council’s website, including links to public health advice, at www.midlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely

C Biddick

Craig Biddick

Head Teacher (Acting)

Student Newsletter Tuesday 17 March 2020

ASSEMBLIES TODAY

8:40 am – S4 ONLY – Please send down straight after Registration

9:15 am – S5/6 – Please send from period 1 class promptly

Mr Biddick

 

MIDLOTHIAN’S YOUNG PEOPLE AWARD

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COVID 19 

In order to protect all members of our school community could I respectfully ask that all students take note of the NHS advice on avoiding spread of any possible infection.

To protect yourself and others, it is best to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue.
  • To kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel – 20 seconds/dry your hands
  • For the latest public information on coronavirus visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

PLEASE DO NOT share any food OR drink

Mr Biddick

 

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