Can my child bring their own sanitiser?
Yes. We know that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is hand washing with soap and water and all children will be required to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. However, your child is more than welcome to bring their own hand gel to use in between times. We ask that this is not high volume alcohol sanitiser. There will be sanitiser available for anyone who requires it.
Can my child bring their own tissues?
Yes. If possible we ask that all children bring their own tissues. There will be tissues available in all classrooms but by bringing in their own this would help prevent lots of children accessing the same box.
Is school uniform required?
We would absolutely love it if all our children wore school uniform. However, we appreciate that for many reasons this might not be possible at the moment. Please remember that we have lots and lots of uniform items available in school. Unfortunately you cannot come into school and look, but if you let us know what sizes you need we can look for you.
Will my child require a pencil case and stationery?
No. We will provide each child with an individual toolkit containing all the stationery they will need. We will be minimising the use of shared equipment and items brought between home and school.
Can I return resources that I had at home for home learning?
Yes. We ask that all novels, textbooks and concrete materials are returned. These will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being handled by staff or other pupils. There will be a box in the front foyer and one in the lower and upper corridors.
Will my child require PE kit?
No. All physical activity will take place outdoors for the time being. No P.E. kit will be required at this time. We will continue to review this. However, we ask that children wear suitable shoes for going outside. No open toes, heels etc…
Can my child bring a school bag?
We would prefer that schools bags were not brought to school. In the case where pupils have school bags these will not be allowed on table, backs of chairs or pegs. They will be stored under the child’s desk and on the floor at all times.
Can my child bring a packed lunch tub?
Yes. If possible we ask that packed lunches are brought in disposable bags. However, this does not sit well with our love for our environment nor is it cost effective. Where reusable tubs and boxes are used, these will be stored on the floor.
Can my child bring their water bottle?
Yes. Keeping hydrated is very important. Again, these will be stored on the floor beside your child.
My child is entitled to Free School Meal provision. Will they get meals from 12th – 14th August?
Yes. There will be collection point for you to collect a meal from the school on the days your child is not attending. How to do this will be communicated to you after a meeting with our catering manager.
Can my child wear a face covering?
Face coverings are not required. However, if your child wishes to wear one they can. We would ask that you discuss good hygiene about this in advance. Discuss how to put on and remove safely, discuss where it will be stored if not being worn all day. It cannot be left on any surfaces. It would need to be in a pocket. Under no circumstances can it be shared with another person.
What do I do if I need to speak with someone in school?
Please call the school, email or contact us privately through FB or Twitter. We will get back to you. We cannot allow parents and carers into school. We also ask that you do not pass messages to the staff at school gates or try to talk to the class teachers in the playground. Please keep in mind that staff are still on ‘holiday’ until the 11th. If you contact us please be patient. Someone will get back to you. Staff have worked throughout the summer period to have things ready.
We know this is very difficult, especially when we want to create an open environment where families feel at ease, feel welcomed and feel valued. This won’t be for ever. Our priority at the moment is keeping our community safe.
My child has been in the shielding category
We have been issued with a list of all pupils who have been shielding up until 1st August. We will be in contact with you directly to discuss the return to school.
My child has asthma do they need enhanced control measures?
If your child has asthma and this well controlled through the use of preventative and reliever inhalers they will be covered by our asthma risk assessment. A copy of this will be emailed to parents and carers where it is recorded that a child has diagnosed asthma. If your child has required hospital treatment or medication above the preventative and reliever inhaler and was not in the shielding category please contact the school. You need only contact the school if your child has had a hospital admission due to asthma in the last 12 months or required further emergency medication.
What can I do to help?
•help your child understand good hand hygiene and physical distancing. (adults will still have to remain 2m from each other and from pupils).
•follow the Scottish Government guidance and be a good role model for your child.
•speak positively about the school environment in front of your child.
•contact us directly if you have a concern.
•Avoid ‘fake news’ and the spreading of this.
I would like to read further Scottish Government Guidance on the opening of schools?
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