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COVID19 School Closure

During this period of school closure, updates will be posted here and emails will be sent to parents with letters sent to those without access to email.

Parents, pupils and staff should see the Home Learning section of this website where there are links to both general education and subject specific websites.

Your children should check SMHW and Glow: you don’t need a computer as this can be done equally well from a mobile device. Not all activities will require a pc and there is no requirement to provide a whole traditional ‘school day’ for young people.

Some school/ educational work each day as part of a routine which suits your household is the thing to aim for.

If young people are doing some school activity, getting some exercise and engaging in some off-line activity or interests, this is great.

This is a stressful time for all and we must remember that young people may be stressed as well and that their whole worlds have just shrunk enormously.

Making a safe space for them at home is the most important thing to be doing now.

More information will be updated as and when we receive it.

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Bain

Acting Rector

 

Keith Grammar NEW Facebook Page

Some of you may remember a wee vote over on Twitter a while back when many folk thought a school Facebook page was a good idea. Well… it’s taken an international crisis, but we now have a brand NEW Facebook page to help communicate information more widely to our school community. Please join us and share the page.

We hope to be able to share school and community info as well as stay in touch with everyone while we have to observe enforced isolation and social distancing.

Who knows, it may be that what keeps us apart brings us together.

http://www.facebook.com/keithgrammarschool/

 

 

KGS Closed Monday 23/3/20

Covid 19 ParentsCarers

We are in uncertain times and none of us can predict what will happen later today let alone, tomorrow or next week. Teachers worked amazingly hard on Friday to put together a programme of work for seniors this coming week, inviting certain pupils to complete SQA work only as needed.

However, today the Scottish Government has announced that all schools must close as this is the safest course of action for us all. Having watched the news unfold this weekend, this is something of a relief for many:  the idea of mixing with others in school goes against all the advice to #stayathome after all.

I have attached the letter we sent out earlier to parents and carers but wanted to add that we will not give up on securing the best results for our senior students by working with SQA to provide the best evidence we have. I know many seniors and their families are worried about this but please; let us do the worrying. There is nothing you can do at this point in time. Everyone in Scotland and beyond is in the same situation. This has never happened before and we promise to do the best we can in the circumstances. I know your teachers did this last week and will continue to do so. You need to focus on keeping safe and well whilst protecting those around you by keeping your distance and washing your hands!

We may not be together in the building but we are still a school. We will get through this by working together but apart.

Mrs Bain,  Acting Rector

 

Letter to parents earlier today regarding Covid-19 situation

20 March 2020

Dear Parent and Carer

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support with us at a time of unprecedented challenge in dealing with Covid-19.

As you know, schools and Early Years and Childcare settings will close to pupils as of end of day on Friday 20 March.  There is no clear indication at this time regarding the length of time the closure will extend to, however we will use the following methods to keep you updated and informed.

We are also making home learning information available in the following ways:

  • .Show My Homework
  • .Glow
  • .Teams on Glow
  • .Scholar
  • SDS contact:Nicola Dall – 07770430867 – nicola.dall@sds.co.uk

The Depute First Minister has confirmed today that the SQA exam diet and examinations will not go ahead.  Schools will be making arrangements for coursework, assessment and units to be completed.  Seniors with SQA work to complete will be invited in to school next week.

Schools will be shut to pupils next week however we will continue to be open for staff.  We are constantly learning from other countries and would advise you that children and young people should avoid small group gatherings which will increase the spread of the virus.  You support with this is appreciated as we take all necessary steps to avoid such events happening.

It is vitally important that Friday 20 March 2020 remains a normal school day in every sense.

Leavers’ forms are not necessary at this time for senior leavers.

Planning is currently underway to support families who receive Free School Meals.  We will use Groupcall/text to find out your requirements for next week.  Arrangements for 13 April 2020 onwards will be communicated to you separately.

We are also planning for childcare arrangements for key workers and will be in touch regarding this as national advice develops.

We are making plans to celebrate achievements and mark our leavers’ departures when it is safe to do so and we can all be together again.

We thank you all for your understanding at this difficult time and will keep you updated.

With very best wishes

Mrs E Bain

Acting Head Teacher

SQA Arrangements for week beginning 23rd March 2020

Senior Phase students have been invited to complete coursework or outstanding units/ assessments next week and school will stay open to accommodate this. This is voluntary but could help with SQA evidence and final awards, given the government  decision to cancel all 2020 SQA exams.

Pupils have been given a timetable of when things are happening and have been told by teachers which things they need to attend. Info will be posted on SMHW about any additional things not on the timetable. This is additional and voluntary for pupils who feel well and able to attend. Any clashes on the timetable have been or can be worked out by young people contacting their teacher or the PT of the subject. We will be flexible where possible.

There will be small numbers of pupils in school and we will endeavour to follow NHS advice regarding distancing and hygiene. Pupils were asked to sign up for buses today so those who signed up will be transported at normal times.

We are trying our very hardest to give everyone the best chances possible under the circumstances. We await further guidance from SQA and the Scottish Government. Be aware we do not have all the answers and can only work with the most up to date information we have received.

Mrs Bain

SP TIMETABLE 20.03.20

Prelim Exams

Senior Phase Prelim Exams start on 13/1/20 until 24/1/20 inclusive. Attached are the timetable fo exams and a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers about the arrangements. Students with 1 or more National 5 level qualification or above are entitled to study leave. It should be noted that Moray College courses continue as usual throughout the prelim period with the Wednesday bus running as usual. We wish all students the success they deserve.

School Timetable Prelim

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Parent Council AGM and next meeting on 19/11/19

Minutes of the Keith Grammar School Parent Council AGM 2019 V1

A successful AGM was held on 10th September and the minutes are included here. Keith Grammar greatly appreciates the support Parent Council give us and the fundraising it does to provide access to educational experiences for all pupils through funding transport for events, materials for subject departments and extra-curricular activities.

The next Parent Council Meeting is on Tuesday 19th November here in school from 7-9pm. Come along and find out what’s going on.