Thank you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience as we develop and implement our recovery plans; enabling you to send your child back to school/nursery. We have been delighted to open our doors and welcome our children back into the school and nursery. All children are looking fantastic in their school uniform and they have all settled back in with ease. Our children are all stars and a true credit to their families! Our new staggered start/finish times are working really well and the playtime and lunch time routines are also working well across the school. Rigorous handwashing routines are in place and everyone is doing really well sticking to this. We continue to monitor and review all arrangements and tweak things as we go to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep our children, families and staff safe.

Here is a reminder of our new school day;
Arrive at School Break Time Lunch Time Home Time

Rooms 3, 5         8.50am  10.15-10.30  12-12.45  2.50pm
Rooms 2, 4, 6    9.00am 10.30-10.45  12.30-1.15  3.00pm

Our school gates will open at 8.40am. Between 8.40am and 8.50am only the Rooms 3 and 5 children should enter the playground. Once the 8.50am children have moved inside the school should Rooms 2, 4 and 6 children may enter the playground and stand in their zone. Thank you for your support with this. Please do not gather in groups outside the school gate, please ensure government social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
Feeling Unwell – COVID
We appreciate that children will take unwell with common colds etc. If your child is not feeling 100% please think carefully before sending them to school. If you are in any doubt as to whether to send them to school or not it would be sensible to make the decision to keep them at home.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your child is displaying COVID symptoms or not, please contact NHS for advice.
If a child begins to feel unwell at school we will phone for a parent as per our usual process. We will be extra cautious and not want to take any chances.
Should your child develop COVID 19 symptoms at school we will isolate your child and contact a parent to come and collect them immediately. School staff will advise you to make arrangements via NHS to have a COVID test carried out. The outcome of this test should be reported to Mrs Dalziel as soon as possible. If you take your child for a test you should inform Mrs Dalziel of the outcome straight away. If another member of the household has been for a test, all members of the household should isolate at home until the test results are known, again Mrs Dalziel should be notified if a child is at home for this reason.

It is essential that we know reasons for children’s absences and that these are communicated to us via the office. Absences are recorded in the Council system according to reason and ANY absences which we have not been informed of go into the unauthorised category. At the end of each month, an audit of absences is taken and letters are issued to parents if absence is below 90% without an explained reason. If attendance does not improve in the next month another letter is issued. This is in line with local and national guidance. I hope this helps to explain the attendance letters which may come home at times.

Staffing/School Structure
I would like to welcome all staff back to school. Our staff team worked exceptionally hard during the lockdown period and maintained a strong sense of school life for our children and families. I would like to personally thank everyone for the hard work, commitment and dedication they showed.
We welcome back Miss Nicola Gillon who has been placed at Greengairs to support our recovery plans. We also welcome Mrs Gemma Redford to the teaching staff at Greengairs. The class structure for this session is as follows;

Primary 1/2 – Miss Adele Scott
Primary 2/3 – Miss Lauren MacKay
Primary 4/5 – Mrs Kimberley Hughes
Primary 5/6 – Mrs Gemma Redford
Primary 7 – Mrs Karen Wildman
Mrs Murray – NCCT
Mrs Audrey Sneddon – Management Remit

School Bags and Personal Belongings
We are discouraging children from bringing a school bag to school. This would be another item traveling between school and home and would not be as easily cleaned as other items i.e plastic lunch box. Children are currently not required to bring a PE kit to school and they do not need to bring a pencil case therefore they would have very little to carry in a school bag. Children should not bring any toys or personal belongings to school.
Children are encouraged to bring a full water bottle to school each day.

Dates for the Dairy
September 2020 – September weekend holidays: Friday 25 September 2020 and Monday 28 September 2020
October 2020 – October break: Monday 12 October 2020 to Friday 16 October 2020 (inclusive)
November 2020 – In-service day: Monday 16 Nov 2020
December 2020 – January 2021 – Christmas and New Year Holidays: Wednesday 23 December 2020 to Tuesday 5 January 2021 (inclusive)

Keeping in Touch
Text messaging will continue to be used to inform parents/carers of emergency information and attendance only. Our main method of communication will continue to be Newsletters, Twitter and the school blog. The Twitter account can be accessed at www.twitter.com/GreengairsPS. It is not necessary to have a twitter account to the view the page. If you do have a Twitter account, follow us @GreengairsPS to keep up to date with what is happening at school.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns at any time, please get in touch. You can telephone the school on 01236632067 or email ht@greengairs.n-lanark.sch.uk
If you wish to speak to you child’s class teacher please phone the school office to arrange a mutually suitable appointment.

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