Our Lady and St. Francis Primary School

March 22, 2020
by Miss Lewis

Update 22/03/20

It is essential to stop the spread of the COVID19 , that if you can work from home and keep your children at home where they are safe, then you absolutely should do so.The education support service is only for those carrying out NHS and critical services who have no other option.

March 20, 2020
by Miss Lewis

A message from North Lanarkshire Council


All North Lanarkshire schools will be open on Monday for the children of the following categories of key workers

It is essential, to stop the spread of transmission of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

If you’re a key worker who requires support, please take your child to your normal school on Monday. We will review these arrangements over the coming week and it is likely we will fully close some schools but we will inform you of this and the alternative provision we will put in place.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

Key worker categories:

Category 1


  • Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff
  • Workers supporting life-threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision
  • Staff of energy suppliers
  • Staff, including teachers and early years workers, providing childcare and learning for other key workers and staff who support school buildings

Category 2

Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

  • All other health and care workers including home support staff and care home staff
  • Emergency services staff, including police, fire and rescue, prison officers
  • Military personnel
  • Social workers

Those supporting critical national infrastructure including:

  • Staff keeping air, water, road and rail passenger transport operating
  • Oil, gas, electricity and water and sewerage workers
  • Logistics staff including drivers and transport workers
  • Food and other necessary goods staff including food production, processing, distribution, sale, delivery as well as those essential to the provision of hygienic and veterinary medicines
  • Staff in essential financial service provision including: banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure; IT and data infrastructure; postal services; civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications; payment providers; waste disposal.
  • Journalists and broadcasters

Category 3

Other council and associated staff in the following categories. Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

  • Strategic-level management and support staff
  • Waste services staff
  • Fleet services staff
  • Cemeteries staff
  • Property repairs and maintenance staff including frontline workers of Mears and Saltire
  • Roads and lighting maintenance staff including staff of Amey
  • Facility support services including cleaning, catering, school crossing patrollers and janitorial staff
  • Human resources staff including payroll and employee service centre
  • IT staff
  • Communications staff
  • Finance staff including welfare, revenue and benefits staff and municipal bank staff
  • Registration staff
  • Essential legal services
  • Psychological services staff


All children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to access these meals. If you need to access this support please take your child to their usual school at the school’s normal lunchtime, but only at their normal lunchtime.

Breakfast clubs will be open in those schools that normally offer them, will be open.

S4, S5 and S6 PUPILS

A normal timetable will not be operating. Only the following pupils should attend at school:

  • Children of key workers as detailed above.
  • Pupils who have already been instructed by their schools to attend at a specific time for coursework purposes.

Other S4, S5 and S6 pupils will be contacted by schools in due course to arrange completion of coursework. Schools have already informed pupils about arrangements for online learning.


March 20, 2020
by Miss Lewis

Update 20.03.20

We are awaiting updates from North Lanarkshire Council.  Our school will be open to the children of Key Workers, however the Key Workers will be clarified by NLC over the weekend.

March 20, 2020
by Miss Lewis


To our OLSF family, friends and neighbours,

It has been a rollercoaster week and I cannot thank you enough for your support and understanding.  We have closed our doors to some of you, without knowing when we will see you again.  The staff will miss each and every child and I would like to pass on my best wishes to all our families. Stay safe and healthy and I pray to Our Lady and St Francis that we meet again, sooner rather than later.

Take care and God bless

Miss Lewis

March 20, 2020
by Miss Lewis


Can you check your children’s diaries for logins for Studyladder, Sumdog and Glow, please? If you don’t have them, please email me and I will forward them to you.


Miss Lewis

March 15, 2020
by Miss Lewis

W/e 13th March 2020

Thank you to Mr Rankin, who organised our STEM week.  With the help of Mrs Wilson and Mrs Miller the children enjoyed a very successful week, which included a visit from The Glasgow Science Centre, World of Work Big Play and finished with The Great Aeroplane Challenge.  Please have a look at our photographs on twitter.

Our pre-school nursery children had their final visit to Primary 1.  They settled into the routines very quickly and enjoyed being reunited with some of their friends from last year.  The next time they visit P1 will be as part of the Primary One induction in May.

Two of our P6 children represented our school at a K’nex Challenge in Taylor High School on Thursday.  They were amazing and their behaviour was exemplary.  Thank you, boys.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Miss Lewis

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