Further Parental Information

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Re-Opening Penicuik High School Session 2020-21

This update outlines information on a range of matters including: arrival at school, health and safety in school, what to bring, uniform, behavioural expectations and general advice.

Key Points at a Glance

 

A reminder about our phased re-opening plan?

The following phased return of student has been discussed and agreed by SMT. The phased return allows us to ensure that we can induct and orientate students who have been absent from school for five months. Many of our young people will feel anxious and uncertain about what to expect and what the rules will mean for them as individuals. In particular, we are prioritising the new S1 students who missed out on being in school as part of their transition and those in the Senior Phase S4-6. We will as part of the re-phasing also need to assist young people with re-coursing.

The information given here includes the dates/days different year levels should attend.

Phased Return Details – Re-Connect Programme 2020

Day / Date Year levels to attend on that date Other activities
Wednesday 12 August All new S1 students

All incoming S5/6 students only

Re-coursing appointments

Re-connect – vulnerable students

Thursday 13 August All new S1 students

All incoming S4 students only

Re-coursing appointments S5/6

Re-connect – vulnerable students

Friday 14 August All new S1 students

All incoming S2/3 students only

Re-connect – vulnerable students Re-coursing appointments S5/6
Monday 17 August All students  to attend- fully open Re-coursing appointments (including S4 and S2 issues)

 

 

Only S1 students will be in each day. The re-coursing discussions will run across the three days Wednesday 12 August until Friday 14 August and into the next week. We will also be picking up vulnerable students for one-to-one support,

The S1 Re-connect programme will work on orientating students to their new school and fully explaining the health and safety rules and processes in place to protect them and others. There will also be a focus on health and well-being taking a nurture approach and building resilience to cope with the new normal in school. If S1 parents/carers have any concerns about their child they should contact the school who will direct their query to the most appropriate staff member. S1 students will also start to experience normal subject classes as we move to full opening on 17 August.

Other year groups will be given full safety briefings before they start moving into subject classes. At S2 there will also be a focus on health and well-being

What time do I come to school this week and where do I go?

S1 Wed 12 August Arrive by 8:30 am Assemble on front lawn to be put into Registration groups. Staff will be supervising.

You will enter by a designated door that you will use from now on. You must always sanitise your hand before entry and exit. You must follow the Covid code discussed in registration in every class but we will help you get use to the systems.

A one way system will be in place.

School finishes 3:30 pm- leave by the designated door
S1 Thurs 13 August Arrive by 8:30 am Enter via designated door and and go to new Registration class using the one way system.  You will be given a personal Timetable today that you will start following. We will help you find your way around the one way system
School finishes 3:30 pm- leave by the designated door
S1 Friday 14 August Arrive by 8:30 am Enter via designated door and go to new Registration class using the one way system. You will be following your new Timetable. We will help you find your way around the one way system
School finishes 12:15 pm- leave by the designated door

N.B S1 will attend all three days

 

Other Year Groups

S5 and S6 Wed 12 August Arrive by 8:45 am Assemble on front lawn to be put into Registration groups. Staff will be supervising.

You will receive a personal Timetable

You will enter by a designated door that you will use from now on. You must always sanitise your hand before entry and exit. You must follow the Covid code discussed in registration in every class but you will become familiar with it.

A one way system will be in place.

School finishes 3:30 pm- leave by the designated door
S4 Thurs 13 August Arrive by 8:30 am Assemble on front lawn to be put into Registration groups. Staff will be supervising.

You will receive a personal Timetable

You will enter by a designated door that you will use from now on. You must always sanitise your hand before entry and exit. You must follow the Covid code discussed in registration in every class but we will help you become familiar with the systems.

A one way system will be in place

School finishes 3:30 pm- leave by the designated door
S2 and S3 Friday 14 August Arrive by 8:30 am Assemble on front lawn to be put into Registration groups.

You will receive a personal Timetable

S2 should assemble at the end nearest the HT office and S3 should assemble Staff will be supervising.

You will enter by a designated door that you will use from now on. You must always sanitise your hand before entry and exit You must follow the Covid code discussed in registration in every class but you will become familiar with it. A one way system will be in place

School finishes 12:15 pm – leave by the designated door

 

What will the School Timetable be the first week?

Monday to Thursday Friday
Registration As above Registration As above
Until 9:30 am Until 9:30 am
Period 2 9.30 – 10.20 Period 2 9.30 – 10.20
INTERVAL 10.20 – 10.35 INTERVAL 10.20 – 10.35
Period 3 10.35 – 11.25 Period 3 10.35 – 11.25
Period 4 11.25 – 12.15 Period 4 11.25 – 12.15
Period 5 12.15 – 13.05 School Closes 12.15
LUNCH 13.05 – 13.50
Period 6 13.50 – 14.40
Period 7 14.40 – 15.30
School Closes 15.30

 

Information about staggered lunchtimes and breaks for next week will be sent out on Friday 14-8-20

 

Key Health and Safety Measures

What measures are in place as our young people return?

All of our systems will be under continual review and the dynamic risk assessment will be published t our website early next week

 

Further Lunch information

Students must bring their own packed lunch to school each day including those eligible for free school meals until 18 September. S1 students must stay in school. We are encouraging all student to stay in school during lunchtime. If students choose to leave school to buy lunch they will be expected to wear face masks in shops and MUST not congregate in large groups. The school will be checking on this and Police will also be monitoring the behaviour of young people. Local shopkeepers are also aware of this risk.

If you are experiencing any financial hardship that is affecting your ability to provide food, transport or clothing for your child please contact the school in confidence to discuss.

 

Concerns

If you are concerned about the welfare of your child at any stage please do not hesitate to contact the school who will direct you to the most appropriate staff member.

For any S6 or other school leaver – we are also keen to support leavers who need help in the aftermath of eth Covi19 lockdown. Please email the school if you want to speak to a staff member.

 

 

Please Note: Any arrangements noted here or in later communications may need to be reviewed and revised based on current national or local advice. Where any sudden changes are made we will communicate with you urgently via; Group call, the School website, Twitter and via the Parent Association Facebook page

 

 

 

Craig Biddick

Head Teacher (Acting)

 

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