‘Moray Educational Psychology Service know that school staff are working hard to provide quality information to parents to help their children’s wellbeing and education. As these are unusual and challenging times we would like to provide a wider service to families to help support this work. If you would welcome the opportunity to chat about any social, emotional or educational concerns about your child with our link Educational Psychologist, Kirsty MackIntosh, they can be contacted via email on Kirsty.MackIntosh@moray.gov.uk or a telephone message can be taken on 01343 550999. Parents/carers that already have, or have had, involvement with the service can, of course, make contact in the same way.’
Link for official advice from Police Scotland.
Please find below a message to Parents/Guardians from Aimee Stephen, Employer and School Liaison, DYW Moray:
As many parents/guardians will be juggling working from home and home schooling, DYW nationally wanted to use this as an opportunity to encourage everyone who can to get involved with our Bring your Child to Work Day (Home Edition!).
Involving young people in what you do during your work day could inspire and raise their awareness of the world of work. By following the national campaign across social media we can continue to showcase the variety of careers on offer.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Step 1: Pledge your support for the campaign and mark Thursday 23rd April 2020 in your diary and let us know that you are taking part. Help us by spreading the word with colleagues, friends and family!
Step 2: On Thursday 23rd April, post a photograph of yourself and your children working at home. Remember and use the hashtag #DYWChildtoWork and tag us – @DYWMoray. If you don’t use social media and want to be involved, you can send your photo to myself (email@example.com) and we will share it on your behalf.
DYW Moray look forward to seeing your posts on Thursday 23rd April. If you have any questions or want to get involved but aren’t sure how, please get in touch by contacting Aimee at: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: +44(0)1343 576405 | Website: http://www.dywmoray.co.uk/
If you want more details about logging into Show My Homework as a parent, please visit:
Several people have been wondering what to do about submitting work online via either SMHW or Teams. This information is intended to make that easier for you.
Wishing you all health and happiness as we go (virtually) back to school.
We return to learning, studying, new experiences, helping, staying in touch, reading, drawing, exercising, cooking, writing, counting… and general STAYING AT HOME!
Check out Glow and SMHW for work and activities. Paper packs where required will be prepared during the week.
Email, Glow, SMHW, Twitter all being checked regularly. Please get in touch if you need anything at all. We will see what we can do!
A reminder that the school building is closed but you can reach us on email:
I have attached 2 letters which went home today- one to all parents and one to Senior Phase parents re SQA.
Kindest regards to all
We have received an update from SQA today. They have provided guidance for learners, parents, and carers here:
Main points summarised here to reassure you:
- SQA are extending the existing deadline for receiving these estimates to 29 May, from the original date of 24 April.
- Everyone at SQA is working to ensure that learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 04 August, as originally planned.
- SQA have decided not to mark any course work as this is the fairest way to proceed since some had been submitted, some had not and given public health guidance, they are now unable to mark any work submitted.
- A free appeals service will be available, to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.
- SQA will provide detailed guidance to schools and colleges on how to determine and submit the required estimate information after Easter, and by 20 April 2020.
Therefore until then we will be unable to answer any detailed queries. This is all the information we have for now.
Patience is still the name of the game.
Dear senior students and families,
SQA issued a statement regarding coursework on 24/3/20 (link below). I can confirm that there is no update on exactly how they will determine young people’s grades.
School is closed for the holidays so please do not contact teachers regarding estimate grades as they may not see this. Furthermore, teachers have been advised not to give these at the moment until we have further guidance from SQA. We have to get this right and cannot give out information until we get the right information and guidance from SQA.
Please don’t increase your anxiety by sending messages to us which cannot be answered.
This is new for all of us and we all need to be patient. No matter how difficult that is, there’s nothing else for it.
We will update you as soon as we have any more information.
Please know that we are thinking of you. Your teachers miss seeing you. Although it is officially the holidays, this isn’t the usual kind of holiday. I guarantee your teachers will not have ‘switched off’ from school and will be worrying about you.
I know we have all joked at some point about how much fun it would be if school closed down but none of us ever dreamed this would happen. When it was just a joke, there was no danger, no worldwide health crisis and no enforced isolation. This is not the fun we thought it might be!
However, this is a unique time which you will always remember. Record it somehow. Write a diary, take daily photos, start a blog.
And if it is all too much, writing it down can also help or talk to someone. If you feel there’s no one there- there is usually a friend online and there is always Childline if you have worries you can’t share with anyone else. After the holidays you will have contact again with teachers and your classes on Teams.
Watch this wee film and consider that this might be a bit like how we’ll feel when we emerge from our lockdown!
These polar bear cubs are about to take their first steps into their snowy world. 😍BBC Earth
Posted by BBC One on Monday, March 23, 2020
Here are 4 links which might help you or your family if you are worrying about coronavirus, if you are not coping well with being at home for such a long time or if you are generally looking for more info aimed at people your age.
1 Young Scot has a dedicated campaign site
‘Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community’
2 The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland site has some information about children’s rights in a time of crisis and a number of helpful links to resources
3 In particular CYPCS recommend the #Covibook for children under 7 which can be downloaded here
4 Childline have a dedicated Cornoavirus page which covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you are worried and how to cope if you are staying at home
Look after yourselves.