Message from Mrs Cunningham
The following message was sent to all parents/carers this week:
I am writing to you following the Scottish Government announcement yesterday that schools will not open until at least mid-February. A further update is expected at the beginning of February.
The staff of Our Lady’s are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils back into the school building as soon as we are given the go ahead. Until then we are continuing with online lessons on Microsoft Teams. Despite some initial problems with the software at the start of last week, things have settled down. Sometimes a little patience is need when joining a team but things are getting easier for everyone as we get used to the system and this different way of learning and teaching.
I want to once again acknowledge that online learning and teaching can be difficult for families, especially where young people are sharing devices. While the ideal is for young people to be following their timetable during the day, we are fully aware that some young people can’t access Teams at that time. A record of the meeting and any work set will be available for any young person joining out with class time.
I have attached two documents to this email. The first one gives instructions on how to access Teams using a games console such as Xbox or PlayStation. The second document details how to download a free copy of office365 for every young person using their Glow login details.
We want to support our families and our young people as much as we can during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, especially to support online learning, please phone the school on 01236 632159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Lanarkshire Child Payment
Families whose children receive a free school meal because of low family income, will receive £100 per child directly into their bank account during the last week in January.
In addition NLC are also supporting families at weekends and during the holidays with the Club365 food voucher scheme as well as providing vouchers to cover the cost of lunches during the current lockdown.
be made automatically, and parents/guardians do not need to apply. However, if you have not received a payment by mid-February, email NLChildPayment@northlan.gov.uk
If your family’s circumstances have changed recently and you would like to apply for your child to receive a free school meal please visit: https://bit.ly/39BhUTG
Jotters and stationary can be collected from the school office. Please contact us in advance to arrange this. We also anticipate that jotters will be available from the following local shops after this weekend: Co-op Muirhead, Co-op Stepps, Farm Shop Carrickstone, Spar Abronhill, Spar The Village, Stoneylee Stores North Carbrain, Day Today Greenfaulds and Premier Balloch.
Absence from Online Learning
If you child is unwell or has an appointment and will not be engaging on their online learning, please contact the school office or the enquiries email address and this will be communicated to class teachers.