Update from Executive Director

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to update you on the Scottish Government’s recent announcement regarding the phased return of pupils.

The Scottish Government has announced that the next phase of reopening education will take place on Monday 15th March, unless new evidence or new circumstances come to light.

Primary (Including ASN Schools and Units)

Pupils in P4-7 will return to school on Monday 15th March, joining P1-3 pupils who are already back at school. Arrangements for vulnerable children and the children of keyworkers will end, and these children will re-join their normal classes. Breakfast clubs will also restart on Monday 15th March for all pupils.

Schools will contact parents/carers by Friday 12th March with final arrangements of the return.

Secondary (Including ASN Schools and Units)

From 15th of March, all secondary pupils will receive a mixture of remote and in-school learning. Each school will decide how to safely balance remote and in-school learning based on local circumstances and needs. Senior phase students (S4-S6) who are taking national qualifications will have priority for face-to-face lessons in school.

Arrangements for remote learning for pupils who are currently not in school will be affected by these new plans, and schools will contact parents/carers to inform them of the changes which are necessary.

Schools will contact parents/carers by Friday 12th March with further details of when individual pupils should attend school.

Further mitigating factors for secondary aged pupils are detailed below:

  • 2 metre physical distancing should be applied in school buildings, between secondary aged pupils and between pupils and staff
  • Face coverings should be worn by all secondary aged pupils both in class and when moving around school buildings

Further communication will be issued prior to the start of the Spring Break with updated guidance for term 4.

Transport

Pupils who travel by school transport will continue to be able to do so. If it is necessary to alter arrangements for any pupils, parents/carers will be informed by Friday 12th March.

For secondary aged pupils, face coverings should be worn on school transport (as on public transport) and an approach taken whereby pupils sit on staggered seating (i.e. not next to each other, but alternating window-aisle-window etc. row by row) Car sharing should continue to be discouraged.

School Meals

School meals will be available for primary pupils, and secondary pupils when they are in school at lunchtime, and those eligible will receive free school meals.

Direct payments to parents/carers of secondary pupils entitled to free school meals will continue on the days pupils are engaged in remote learning at home, until a full time return to school is achieved.

Pupils who are self-isolating and receive a free school meal will continue to receive direct payment until they return to school.

Secondary Schools – Children of Keyworkers, and Vulnerable Children

Eligible children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue with existing arrangements.

Extremely Clinically Vulnerable Children and Young People

Extremely clinically vulnerable children and young people should continue to shield unless otherwise advised by a clinician.

Once again, I would like to thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to support your child’s learning through this challenging time. Our schools and centres are grateful for all the support you have given during the period of remote learning.

Yours sincerely

Derek Brown

Executive Director, Education and Families

Click to download original: Parent-Carer Letter DB – March 21

Additional Info: Framework for Decision Making

Senior Phase Digital Consortium Parent/ Carer Survey

Senior Phase Digital Consortium Arrangements August 2020- December 2020

North Lanarkshire’s Digital Classroom is an exciting an innovative way to deliver teaching and learning whilst preparing children and young people for digital approaches to learning used in further education and in the world of work. The development of digital learning was being planned in North Lanarkshire, however was accelerated in response to COVID-19 Health and Safety measures resulting in young people staying in their own schools rather than travelling to be taught in another establishment.

Last term, your child was one of many taking part in subject learning which part of the locality consortium arrangements was. This was learning that was being delivered digitally from another school. To help inform our future planning and as part of the ongoing monitoring of this work I would be very grateful if you could complete a short survey.

Parent/Carer Questionnaire – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/VJ72MS/

Views of parents, young people and staff are important to any development work within Education and Families and will inform future approaches. Your child has also been asked to complete a short survey and so have the school staff who deliver these lessons digitally.

I appreciate your time and support and thank you in advance for completing this survey.

 

Yours sincerely 

Jill Woodward

Education Manager

Parent / Carer Questionnaire

We at  Braidhurst appreciate that the current restrictions can provide challenges for all of us that we might not have anticipated. We know things can change quickly creating both barriers and opportunities in all aspects of life.  As a school we want to know how all our parents / carers are doing at this time supporting their child. If you could possibly complete the short questionnaire we would be really grateful. Thank you.

Career services update

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver career services face to face, but they are still there to help.

You can contact your school Careers Adviser Joseph Martin, for career information, advice and guidance on 07827 883140 or by emailing joseph.martin@sds.co.uk as well as visiting

www.myworldofwork.co.uk

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