Thank you for your continued support as we, like the rest of the country, respond to the situation in relation to Coronavirus. I am very grateful for the measured, appropriate and cooperative response of parents/carers in helping us to manage this situation.
I am sure that you will appreciate that it is difficult to predict what the impact on schools might be in the future in what is clearly a rapidly changing picture. Please be assured that we continue to collaborate with, and act upon the advice of, the relevant organisations and are taking steps to plan for the future. Like all East Ayrshire schools, we will use our school app to get information to you.
At the moment, our priority is to maintain a calm learning environment for our young people. Whilst not wanting to be dismissive of the potential effects on the wider population, we want our pupils to understand that in the majority of cases the effects of the virus can be relatively mild. Additionally, we will continue to reiterate through class lessons and assemblies, important messages about hygiene. Thank you for your support in reinforcing these messages too.
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Following a Headteacher meeting on Friday which focused on the impact of the Conorovirus, schools were asked to look at Digital solutions to keep in touch which staff and children who are self-isolating,
As a digital school, pupils at Onthank already use digital technology in a variety of ways such as Bug Club, Active Maths and children’s individual blogs. We plan to continue and extend our use of Digital technology. At this time we have created a Microsoft Team for each class from Primary 5 to 7. We will be giving tutorials to classes over the next few days. Children in these classes have been assigned a survey to complete.
Parents can support this by making sure that your child, where possible, can access their schoolwork via a home tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone. If it is not possible to have access to the internet we will look for alternative solutions.