St Bartholomews

October 1, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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October 1st

The photographs above illustrate some of the fabulous work that takes place in St Bart’s every day. Well done boys and girls and thank you to your wonderful teachers for helping you create these wonderful pieces.
Thank you to our parents and carers who have supported their children with homework on Glow. It is very important that children access this portal at home as homework will be digitally based for the foreseeable future. Children are all familiar with their passwords and usernames as they regularly access this in ICT time in school.

We had our first virtual Parent Council meeting last night and I am delighted to report that it was a great success. Everyone managed to log on and contribute towards the meeting in order to support our pupils. Discussions took place on topics such as traffic around the school, congestion around the gates and future events in school. I have been in touch with NLC in respect of organising a ‘Walking Bus’ which would mean that children could gather at certain points and be walked to school by NLC’s Active Schools personnel in addition to parent volunteers. It was suggested that perhaps 3 different points in the surrounding area would be appropriate to ask parents to drop off their children so as to avoid traffic build up around the school. Should you wish to be  a volunteer, please contact Nicola Rae, our Chair of the Parent Council who will provide you with suitable details. Again, initiatives such as these rely on parent support and the more volunteers that we have, the less demanding this commitment will be. You may only have to volunteer once per week or ever other week, dependent on numbers. Please consider volunteering in order alleviate this potentially challenging situation.

Our Parent  Council will notify you via letter with respect to the ‘walking bus’ and other points that are relevant to supporting our pupils and their families. Thank you in advance to our Parent Council members who work hard to support our children. The minutes from our meetings will be uploaded on to our school website. Again, should you wish to join a meeting and contribute to the life of the school, please contact Nicola Rae.

Mrs Bolland

September 24, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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24th September 2020

As you know our pupils have settled back in to school life at St Bartholomew’s very well and  I am sure that they will enjoy sharing their news with you on a daily basis.
Thank you in advance to all of our parents and carers who have been incredibly supportive of all of the government guidelines in relation to COVID. It is much appreciated and essential to everyone’s safety which is of course our number one priority.
Could I ask that all contact details are all up to date as access to our text service and app is based on this information. Please ensure that you have access to DOJO, our blog, Twitter, text service and app as most of our communication will be through email.
It is also worth a reminder to all of our parents and carers to be mindful of social distancing at the gates and clear the entrance to the gate so that children can enter and exit safely. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this and will ensure that all of our pupils are safe.

Should a parent require to pick their child up from school, could you please wear a mask if you are entering our playground? In the event that your child is late for school, please phone the school office to make arrangements.

On another note,  we have scheduled a Parent Council meeting on Wednesday 30th September and this will be virtual due to current circumstances. This will very much be a trial meeting, hence the reason it’s only the committee that are invited at this time and we will open up the meetings next month. As always, all are welcome and we look forward to new members, especially our new parents in Primary 1.
Our whole school assemblies are also virtual at the moment and the children have been thoroughly enjoying them. ‘ Pupils of the week’ are announced and celebrated throughout the school, in addition to house points and ‘Cool Class Cup’. Points are always awarded for full school uniform and good manners. The children have been fantastic in respect to demonstrating good manners and respectful behaviour- they are a credit to their families and themselves!

Flu immunisation will take place in school for Primary 1 to Primary 7 on Thursday 8th October. Again Parent’s evening will be very different this year and we will keep you up to date with this shortly. Our annual book Fayre will still be available, albeit on a COVID safe basis. No monies will be taken in school. Books requested will be paid for through the same portal as school meals. Simply click on ‘shop’ – Book Fayre payment is just the same as paying school meal sample of books on sale will be sent via email leaflet. You can also look at books online Scholastic Book Fayre.
Government guidelines highlight that children should be outdoors for interval time and lunch time in all but extreme weather. Could I please ask that all children come appropriately dressed each day with a raincoat/ cagoule and sensible footwear? As you know, children love to be outdoors and the benefits to both their physical and mental health are incredibly positive.
We have been working on enhancing our digital learning offering and as such teaching staff have been working on their various  Glow pages. A new addition to our digital offering is the use of OneNote. This is basically a digital jotter and allows for children’s work to be corrected and feedback to be acted on. The Digital School is also an enhancement to digital learning and it is on pupil pages. Our teachers have also been working on updating virtual classrooms so that in the event of self isolation or any given situation that creates a given period of time away from school, children have access to quality learning. Instructions will be available to all of parents and carers to help support gaining access to these various tools.

As always, thank you for your continued support and please be rest assured that we are always here to help.

Mrs Bolland

August 12, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Welcome back! 12th August

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am delighted to report that our Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3 boys and girls have had a fabulous day! There were even a number of children who literally skipped up the stairs when entering the playground, it was a lovely sight! We have missed the children terribly and we are all delighted to have classrooms filled with children again. A point that school staff noticed today was that lunch boxes were difficult to manage safely as they cannot be collected in a box at the end of lunch time, as they would ordinarily, due to cross contamination. Could we ask all  parents  to now pack lunches in a disposable bag form now on? Thank you in advance for your much needed cooperation with this. I appreciate that some parents have recently bought new lunch boxes and may be disappointed, however they will certainly be used in the future. We look forward to welcoming our Primary 4- 7 children tomorrow!

As you know, we are happy to receive feedback from our parents and I know that many of you appreciate the hard work that has been put in to organising children’s safe return to school. A parent has recently ben in touch to voice concerns over parental social distancing outside of the school and the lack of consideration from some drivers, in addition to those parents who were not adhering to the time allocation that their child had been given. Could I respectfully ask that all parents adhered to the former points to ensure that all children, staff and parents are safe? Thank you in advance for your cooperation. It is worth pointing out that we are unable to use the playground prior to allocated times as per instructions from North Lanarkshire Council.

Could I also remind parents that Breakfast Club is up and running and starts at 8.15am  and we look forward to seeing our boys and girls who require this service.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Bolland

August 6, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Detailed arrangements for safe return of pupils.

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am pleased to be able to provide you with  specific relevant details in order that your child is able to safely return to school from Wednesday 12th August. This information can be found below, in the form of a copy of a  letter that has also been posted and emailed to you.  I have included a general letter that outlines the time that your child will start and finish school and you will notice that there are staggered times so that pupils can enter and exit the building safely. Primary 1 parents will receive a separate letter and this is also listed below, in addition to being sent via our digital systems. Thank you in advance for your continued patience and support, as always, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all next week!

Mrs Bolland

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Dear Parent / Carer

Revised Start/Finish Times

I have written to you previously regarding changes to school operating procedures for August in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included changes to how children enter and exit the school and specific start/finish times for each class.

As you will already be aware, in light of new guidance from the Scottish Government and from North Lanarkshire Council, it has been necessary to make changes to these operating procedures to accommodate the full return of all pupils next week.

To avoid congestion at school entry and exit points, and for everyone’s safety, it will still be necessary to allocate each class to a specific entry/exit gate and lining-up zone within the school. Access points and zones will still be colour-coded and signage will remain in place outside the school to direct parents/children to the correct entry/exit gate and zone. The table below outlines the access points, zones and times for each class:

(*please note that Primary 1 arrangements will be communicated to parents separately):

Class Entry/Exit Gate Lining-Up Zone Start Time Finish Time
Primary 1 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1
Primary 2 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:00am 2:50pm
Primary 3 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:05am 2:55pm
Primary 4 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:00am 2:45pm
Primary 4/5 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:05am 2:50pm
Primary 5 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:05am 2:50pm
Primary 6 Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:10am 2:55pm
Primary 7a Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:15am 3:00pm
Primary 7b Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:15am 3:00pm

Please note that there will be strictly no access to the school grounds for any persons before 9am and there will be no adult supervision in place should children arrive before their designated time. It is therefore imperative that children arrive at the time stated and that the entry gate is kept clear at all times. Class teachers will collect classes at the times outlined above and children will line up in the school grounds in their allocated zones before accessing the school building. Similarly, at finishing time, it is imperative that parents collect children at the times specified and keep all exit gates clear until called forward to collect their child.

The guidance also remains that children should be dressed for all weather, including extreme weather, when coming to school. This should include a waterproof jacket or coat with a hood and warm clothing/footwear, as the weather dictates. This is important as we anticipate that it will take longer than usual for children to enter and exit the school building due to the staggered entry/exit times we have outlined.

Children arriving late to school
Entry to the school yard and building for parents/carers will be by appointment only, as previously advised. There will be strictly no access to the school yard for parents/carers at any time, unless by prior arrangement. It is therefore important that children arrive at school at their designated time, on time, each day. Where children arrive late to school, they should enter through their designated gate and make their own way to the Main Reception door before reporting to the school office.

I continue to appreciate the challenges facing parents who have children entering and exiting different gates at different times and thank you once again in anticipation of your continuing support with our plans. Please be assured that the safety of our children, parents and staff remains a priority and that our plans continue to be developed in line with government advice. We are currently working very hard to finalise a number of other details including Breakfast Club arrangements, arrangements for P.E. and how we will manage break times. We will advise you further as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Bolland


Dear Parent / Carer

Primary 1 Start/Finish Times

I have written to you previously regarding changes to school operating procedures for August in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included changes to how children enter and exit the school and specific start/finish times for each class. As you will already be aware, in light of new guidance from the Scottish Government and from North Lanarkshire Council, it has been necessary to make changes to these operating procedures to accommodate the full return of all pupils next week. I am sure you will appreciate that the arrangements for Primary 1 have required very specific consideration to ensure that your child’s first day at school is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

To this end, we have allocated all Primary 1 children into a temporary group for the purposes of ensuring their safe entry and exit to the school building. Please note that your child is in Group 1 and that the following arrangements will apply to next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only:

Primary 1 Entry/Exit Gate Lining-Up Zone Start Time Finish Time
Group 1 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:20am 12:15pm
Group 2 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:30am 12:15pm
Group 3 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:40am 12:15pm
Group 4 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:50am 12:15pm

We will ensure that all Primary 1 children have lunch before leaving school at 12:15pm to familiarise them with the dinner hall routines. We would ask all parents/carers to be at the school gate at 12:55pm and to keep the gate clear, while observing physical distancing, until called forward to collect their child. Ample staff will be on hand to assist with this.

It is anticipated that the soft start outlined above for our Primary 1 pupils will allow them plenty of time to adjust to their new school routines and therefore, from Monday 17th August, the entry/exit arrangements will be as follows:

Class Entry/Exit Gate Lining-Up Zone Start Time Finish Time
Primary 1 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:15am 3:00pm

The guidance remains that children should be dressed for all weather, including extreme weather, when coming to school. This should include a waterproof jacket or coat with a hood and warm clothing/footwear, as the weather dictates. This is important as we anticipate that it will take longer than usual for children to enter and exit the school building due to the staggered entry/exit times we have outlined.

Entry to the school yard and building for parents/carers will be by appointment only, as previously advised. There will be strictly no access to the school yard for parents/carers at any time, unless by prior arrangement. It is therefore important that children arrive at school at their designated time, on time, each day. Where children arrive late to school, they should enter through their designated gate and make their own way to the Main Reception door before reporting to the school office.

I continue to appreciate the challenges facing parents who have children entering and exiting different gates at different times and thank you once again in anticipation of your continuing support with our plans. Please be assured that the safety of our children, parents and staff remains a priority and that our plans continue to be developed in line with government advice. We are currently working very hard to finalise a number of other details including Breakfast Club arrangements, arrangements for P.E. and how we will manage break times. We will advise you further as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Bolland

August 5, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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General information to support a safe return to school.

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

I appreciate that some our parents and carers are anxious about housekeeping details regarding the safe return to school and as such, I have compiled a list of useful information that may answer a number of your questions and / or concerns. You may also find it useful to share this information with your child in order to prepare them for their return to school. We are working on specific start and finish times, in addition to other key areas that we will share with you in the next day or so. As always, thank you for your continued patience and support. St Bartholomew’s staff are all very much looking forward to seeing  our boys and girls next week – we can’t wait!

Kind regards,

Deirdre Bolland

General information;

  • Children will start and finish at different times.
  • Breaks and lunches will be at different times.
  • Dinner ladies will wear masks and no cash will be taken in school. Dinner cards to be topped uponline, in adavance of ordering a school meal.
  • We will advise on Breakfast Club when we have further information.

Uniforms and personal belongings;

  • Children can bring a school bag containing a snack, packed lunch and water ( they must not share any of these items) Bags to be stored under desks.
  • NO TOYS OR MOBILE PHONES.
  • Full school uniform – please have clean uniform each day.
  • Children can wear polo shirt on PE days. Further information will follow in this regard.
  • If your child is unable to tie shoe laces then please provide them with Velcro fastening shoes etc.

Access to the building;

  • Children will enter and exit the school building using different gates pertinent to their class.
  • Parents/carers or any non council staff will not be allowed on the premises including the yard and any space within the school periphery.

Health and Safety;

  • Children will be asked to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Face coverings for children are not required unless clinically advised to do so.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the school day.
  • Signage will be in place similar to shops for children to safely move around and for adults to distance.
  • Adults will practise social distancing.
  • Children will be encouraged to practise catching coughs, sneezes with a tissue and avoid face touching.
  • Windows/ doors will be open for ventilation.

 

 

 

 

August 4, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Amendments to previous post

Dear Parents/ Carers,

North Lanarkshire Council have updated the recent letter from Derek Brown and is listed below, please accept apologies for any confusion.

Kind regards,

Deirdre Bolland

 

Dear Parent/Carer I am writing to update you on the plans to return to schools in North Lanarkshire. The Scottish Government announced last week that all schools should return by Tuesday 18 August. I am pleased to confirm that all schools will return from Wednesday 12 August, following a single in-service day on 11 August.
In common with many councils, the return to school will be phased as follows:
Primary schools
• Wednesday 12 August: Primary One, Primary Two, Primary Three. • Thursday 13 August: Primary One, Primary Four, Primary Five, Primary Six, Primary Seven. • From Friday 14 August: All pupils. All Primary One pupils will attend on 12, 13 and 14 August. Please note that schools may vary arrival times and departure times, particularly for Primary One classes. If this is the case, schools will be in contact to confirm these changes.
Secondary schools   • Wednesday 12 August: First Year, Second Year, Third Year. • Thursday 13 August: First Year, Fourth Year, Fifth Year, Sixth Year. • From Friday 14 August: All pupils. All First Year pupils will attend on 12, 13 and 14 August.
ASN schools
ASN schools will follow the phasing set out above. However, taking into account the specific needs of some children, there may be some variation. Where this is the case, the school will be in direct contact with you.
Nursery classes and Family Learning Centres
Those attending nursery classes at a primary school will return on Wednesday 12 August and those based at Family Learning Centres will return on Thursday 13 August. The exception to this is Stepping Stones Family Learning Centre, which is open on Wednesday 12 August. If you have not already heard from your provider confirming your child’s session, your provider will be in touch shortly.

Making schools as safe as possible for the return of young people has been our priority  throughout the summer. The guidance issued by the Scottish Government – which can  be accessed at www.gov.scot/coronavirus – makes it clear that a return to school is  not a return to normality.

Schools will look considerably different on pupils’ return. The government guidance makes it clear that schools must have clear plans for the arrival and departure of pupils, how they move around the building, how they manage breaks and lunches, and how they promote health and hygiene.
It is important that teachers are able to ensure young people are familiar with differences in their school and necessary safety and hygiene measures during the first days back. That is why we are putting in place the phased arrangements detailed above.
Schools are required under national guidance to undertake a considerable programme of risk assessment to ensure that they comply with government guidance. This will mean that a number of specific orientation activities will be undertaken with pupils and staff in the week of their return.
Inevitably, because of the different sizes of school and the different configurations of each building there will be some local variation. We have been working hard with head teachers and property managers to ensure there are individual risk assessments in place and extensive signage and other measures continue to be installed to support the new environment.
All of this is happening to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Equally, we have to be prepared for all eventualities and detailed planning is happening to respond to any positive cases and the measures that could be required if positive cases were to happen in a school setting.
Our prime focus during the first few days will be on health and wellbeing, and re-establishing relationships. We are aware that children and young people have missed the day to day routine of school life, but we also need to help them deal with issues that they might find challenging about returning to school.
In secondary schools, there will be the usual focus on course options, and, in relation to this, we are reviewing our plans to provide vocational learning, college programmes and consortium arrangements between schools for senior phase courses. Our intention is to find way to honour commitments to pupils, where possible, but we acknowledge that delivery of such programmes may look different in light of government guidance which makes clear that movement of pupils and staff across schools should be minimised.
On Wednesday 5 August, we will publish on our website extensive questions and answers based on the guidance and to give you some certainty about some of the anxieties you and your child may have. Inevitably, we will not be able to answer every single question but we will add to these as we approach the start of the school term.
These questions and answers, and all other information we have available, will be published on a dedicated page: www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/schoolplans. When we publish updates on this page we will announce those on the council’s Twitter feed (@nlcpeople) and on the council’s main Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nlcpeople). Schools will also publicise this on their own Twitter feeds, websites, blogs and via email and text.
In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the support you have given to our schools over this challenging period. I speak for staff in all schools when I say that we will be delighted to welcome the pupils back, with our primary objective being to do this in the safest possible way.
Yours sincerely
Derek Brown Executive Director Education and Families

 

August 4, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Update on pupil return from 12th August

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break and again, thank you for your continued patience during these challenging times. All of our staff are very much looking forward to welcoming our boys and girls back from Wednesday 12th August.Please see below a letter from Derek Brown and we will be in touch again very soon to provide you with more specific information regarding the safe return of all of our pupils.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Bolland

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer I am writing to update you on the plans to return to schools in North Lanarkshire. The Scottish Government announced last week that all schools should return by Monday 18 August. I am pleased to confirm that all schools will return from Wednesday 12 August, following a single in-service day on 11 August.
In common with many councils, the return to school will be phased as follows:
Primary schools
• Wednesday 12 August: Primary One, Primary Two, Primary Three. • Thursday 13 August: Primary One, Primary Four, Primary Five, Primary Six, Primary Seven. • From Friday 14 August: All pupils. All Primary One pupils will attend on 12, 13 and 14 August. Please note that schools may vary arrival times and departure times, particularly for Primary One classes. If this is the case, schools will be in contact to confirm these changes.
Secondary schools   • Wednesday 12 August: First Year, Second Year, Third Year. • Thursday 13 August: First Year, Fourth Year, Fifth Year, Sixth Year. • From Friday 14 August: All pupils. All First Year pupils will attend on 12, 13 and 14 August.
ASN schools
ASN schools will follow the phasing set out above. However, taking into account the specific needs of some children, there may be some variation. Where this is the case, the school will be in direct contact with you.
Nursery classes and Family Learning Centres
Those attending nursery classes at a primary school will return on Wednesday 12 August and those based at Family Learning Centres will return on Thursday 13 August. The exception to this is Stepping Stones Family Learning Centre, which is open on Wednesday 12 August. If you have not already heard from your provider confirming your child’s session, your provider will be in touch shortly.

Making schools as safe as possible for the return of young people has been our priority  throughout the summer. The guidance issued by the Scottish Government – which can  be accessed at www.gov.scot/coronavirus – makes it clear that a return to school is  not a return to normality.

Schools will look considerably different on pupils’ return. The government guidance makes it clear that schools must have clear plans for the arrival and departure of pupils, how they move around the building, how they manage breaks and lunches, and how they promote health and hygiene.
It is important that teachers are able to ensure young people are familiar with differences in their school and necessary safety and hygiene measures during the first days back. That is why we are putting in place the phased arrangements detailed above.
Schools are required under national guidance to undertake a considerable programme of risk assessment to ensure that they comply with government guidance. This will mean that a number of specific orientation activities will be undertaken with pupils and staff in the week of their return.
Inevitably, because of the different sizes of school and the different configurations of each building there will be some local variation. We have been working hard with head teachers and property managers to ensure there are individual risk assessments in place and extensive signage and other measures continue to be installed to support the new environment.
All of this is happening to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Equally, we have to be prepared for all eventualities and detailed planning is happening to respond to any positive cases and the measures that could be required if positive cases were to happen in a school setting.
Our prime focus during the first few days will be on health and wellbeing, and re-establishing relationships. We are aware that children and young people have missed the day to day routine of school life, but we also need to help them deal with issues that they might find challenging about returning to school.
In secondary schools, there will be the usual focus on course options, and, in relation to this, we are reviewing our plans to provide vocational learning, college programmes and consortium arrangements between schools for senior phase courses. Our intention is to find way to honour commitments to pupils, where possible, but we acknowledge that delivery of such programmes may look different in light of government guidance which makes clear that movement of pupils and staff across schools should be minimised.
On Wednesday 5 August, we will publish on our website extensive questions and answers based on the guidance and to give you some certainty about some of the anxieties you and your child may have. Inevitably, we will not be able to answer every single question but we will add to these as we approach the start of the school term.
These questions and answers, and all other information we have available, will be published on a dedicated page: www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/schoolplans. When we publish updates on this page we will announce those on the council’s Twitter feed (@nlcpeople) and on the council’s main Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nlcpeople). Schools will also publicise this on their own Twitter feeds, websites, blogs and via email and text.
In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the support you have given to our schools over this challenging period. I speak for staff in all schools when I say that we will be delighted to welcome the pupils back, with our primary objective being to do this in the safest possible way.
Yours sincerely
Derek Brown Executive Director Education and Families

June 23, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Update

Please see the latest statement from North Lanarkshire Council below. Please be reassured that we will be in touch with changes to arrangements  as soon as we are able to. Again, thank you for your continued  patience.

From here;

Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government outlines the plan to reopen all schools on a full time basis from August.

 

We are currently considering the practicalities and implications of this announcement and will await further clarification and guidance from government, particularly in relation to public health and scientific advice.

 

Our priority is the safety of our pupils and staff across our network of primary, secondary and ASN schools, as well as our early learning and childcare settings.

 

We understand that you will have questions, and as this news was only announced today, we will make further information available on how this impacts on our schools and facilities in the coming days.

 

We are preparing for pupils to return full-time to school on 12 August and we will be working closely with our schools and partners, including our early years and childcare provision to establish our plans, which we will communicate as soon as we are in a position to.

 

June 23, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Tuesday 23rd June

As you are aware, letters have been recently sent out in respect of operating procedures for August in addition to class arrangements. It has come to my attention that some families have received these letters early this morning, whilst other have still to receive them, dependant on post delivery times. I have included a copy of the letter below. As always, with this current situation, could I ask you to appreciate that changes will undoubtedly occur between now and August and we will report these changes as and when they occur. Again, thank you for your patience.

Dear Parent / Carer

School Operating Procedures for August

I am writing to inform you of the new school operating procedures that will come into effect in August to ensure the ongoing safety of our pupils and staff, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include changes to: expectations around uniforms; how children enter and exit the school yard and building; start/finish times and confirmation of classes and class teachers.

School Uniforms
To ensure that school routines remain as familiar to the children as possible, school uniforms should be worn although children should not wear a tie. A white shirt or polo shirt and black trousers or skirt/gingham dress are acceptable in keeping with the standard St. Bartholomew’s school uniform.

Changes to school entry and exit procedures (outlined below) also require children to be dressed for all weather, including extreme weather, when coming to school. This should include a waterproof jacket or coat with a hood and warm clothing/footwear, as the weather dictates.

Entry and Exit Procedures
To avoid congestion at school entry and exit points, and for everyone’s safety, it will be necessary to allocate each class to a specific entry/exit gate and lining-up zone within the school. For clarity, access points and zones will be colour-coded and signage will be in place outside the school to direct parents/children to the correct entry/exit gate and zone. The table below outlines the access points and zones for each class:

Class Entry/Exit Gate Lining-Up Zone Start Time Finish Time
Primary 1 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:10am 2:50pm
Primary 2 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:05am 2:55pm
Primary 3 Dunvegan Avenue Blue Zone 1 9:00am 3:00pm
Primary 4 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:00am 2:45pm
Primary 4/5 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:00am 2:45pm
Primary 5 Rannoch Avenue Yellow Zone 2 9:05am 2:50pm
Primary 6 Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:10am 3:00pm
Primary 7a Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:05am 2:50pm
Primary 7b Rannoch Avenue Red Zone 3 9:15am 2:55pm

Please note that there will be strictly no access to the school grounds for any persons before 9am and there will be no adult supervision in place should children arrive before their designated time. It is

therefore imperative that children arrive at the time stated and that the entry gate is kept clear at all times. Class teachers will collect classes at the times outlined above and children will line up in the school grounds in their allocated zones, where physical distancing measures will be in place, before accessing the school building. Similarly, at finishing time, it is imperative that parents collect children at the times specified and keep all exit gates clear until called forward to collect their child.

I fully appreciate the challenges facing some parents who may have children entering and exiting different gates at different times and thank you in anticipation of your continuing support with our plans. Please be assured that the safety of our children, parents and staff is a priority and has been carefully considered in line with current physical distancing measures. Accordingly, our plans have been approved by North Lanarkshire Council and our Health and Safety Adviser.

Playtime and lunchtime
Breaks will be staggered to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained in the corridors, playground zones and dinner hall. Hot meals will be available and will be served in classrooms, but will be limited to the Red Option for children requiring school dinners. The choices will include: burgers; macaroni and cheese; chicken curry and fish and chips. Packed lunches will also be available and children are permitted to bring their own packed lunches however these need to be carried within disposable packaging. Please note that, while physical distancing measures remain in place, children should be discouraged from going home at lunchtime.

Cashless system
From August, cash can no longer be accepted in school. It will therefore be necessary for parents/carers to use our current cashless system. Full details of how to access this system through parent’s portal was issued through email. If you did not receive this email and your email provided has perhaps changed please contact school.

Personal belongings
Children should not bring any personal belongings to school. This includes water bottles, lunch boxes, bags, toys and stationery. Children may bring water in plastic bottles that must be disposed of at the end of the school day and water will also be available to buy within the school. Please be assured that children will be given all of the other resources that they need on arrival at school each day.

Access for Parents/Carers
In line with North Lanarkshire Council’s guidelines, entry to the school yard and building for parents/carers will be by appointment only. There will be strictly no access to the school yard for parents/carers at any time, unless by prior arrangement. It is therefore important that children arrive at school at their designated time, on time, each day. Where children arrive late to school, they should enter through their designated gate and make their own way to the Main Reception door before reporting to the school office.

Primary Classes and Class Teachers
We can confirm our class arrangements and class teachers for the new school session in August as follows:

P1 Mrs MacLean P4 Miss McLaughlin P6 Miss Connor/Mrs Wilson/Miss Allington
P2 Mrs Carlin P4/5 Miss Humes P7a Mrs Crielly
P3 Miss Duffy P5 Ms Kiernan P7b Mrs MacFarlane

It has been necessary to create a Primary 4/5 composite class to ensure an equal provision of time in school for all pupils. This composite arrangement will remain in place for the duration of the 2020/2021 school year. Parents of those children allocated to the Primary 4/5 composite class have already been
notified by letter. Therefore, if your child is moving in to P4 or P5 in August, and you have not received a letter to this effect, your child has not been allocated to the composite class.

In Primary 6, due to the class size, and to allow physical distancing to be appropriately maintained, Miss Allington will assist Miss Connor and Mrs Wilson with a small number of P6 pupils. Another classroom will be set up within the school to accommodate this. Please note that this is not a composite arrangement and that Miss Connor and Mrs Wilson will continue to plan and monitor the progress of all P6 pupils.

Our plans for August have been developed in line with Scottish Government guidelines and the advice provided by North Lanarkshire Council. I am sure you will appreciate that the current situation is ever-changing and that our plans may be subject to change, as the situation dictates. We will, of course, keep you up-to-date with any changes as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continuing support during this unprecedented period. I fully appreciate the challenges that many parents/carers have faced in juggling the demands of work, home life and home-schooling and the challenges that we, as a school community, will continue to face together in the months ahead. Please be assured that school staff are working exceptionally hard to prepare the school for August and every effort is being made to ensure that we are continuing to provide a warm, welcoming environment for the children’s safe return. I thank you in advance for adhering to the foregoing guidelines and contributing to our whole-school and community effort during this period.

Yours sincerely

Deirdre Bolland
Head Teacher

 

June 19, 2020
by Mrs Bolland
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Friday 19th June

In accordance with the information below, we will send out letters on Monday in respect of the days that your child will attend school from August. We will also send out letters regarding arrangements for August in respect of government guidelines and housekeeping matters. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and patience.

Deirdre Bolland

Please see below, the latest letter from Derek Brown, our Executive Director;

Dear Parent / Carer
Clarification of Arrangements for August
You may recall that I wrote to you earlier in the month with information about our emerging plans for August. At that point, we were still awaiting government guidance regarding the planned return of pupils as part of phase three of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Route Map to Recovery. Since then we have been undertaking detailed consultation with stakeholders about our plans to support all children and young people.
Firstly, we are making plans based on the information we currently have available to us, and that the assumptions we are making for how schools will operate in August are still subject to change. Due to the two-metre physical distancing guidance, our schools will be able to admit between 40% and 50% of pupils at any given time, although this may vary positively in some locations due to the size of school building itself and any suitable surrounding facilities which could be utilised. We are planning to offer a minimum of two days of in-school education for all pupils, with access to enhanced in-school learning provided as and when we are able to expand our models locally.
This will be directly supported by a much enhanced digital learning model, which will be an additional support for pupils’ in-school learning, and which will be coordinated through our new digital school. Planning for this is taking account of feedback from parents we have consulted.
Following consultation with trade unions and with our Parent Council Chairs we are proposing to run a four and a half day school week for primary children, with the half day being on a Wednesday, with a key focus around support for our most vulnerable children. The model for secondary schools involves flexible arrangements which will be arranged by schools themselves. Schools will write to parents as soon as possible to clarify specific arrangements for children, including which days of the week each year group will attend. In ASN schools, timetabling arrangements will mirror those of primary schools with Wednesdays being a key focus for our most vulnerable children.
We are restating out commitment to family-focused planning by asking schools to ensure that siblings are supported to come to school on the same day.
We also intend to have one in-service day on Tuesday 11 August, with pupils starting back at school on Wednesday 12 August, as per government guidance. The week will be organised and communicated at a school level, but the expectation of North Lanarkshire Council is that all pupils will be in school for at least part of that first week.
The second in-service day is still required under national arrangements and we intend that it is scheduled for Thursday 24 September.
Naturally, should there be any substantial change to national policy which allows us to bring pupils back for a greater proportion of the school week, or indeed, further expand educational resources out with traditional school facilities, we will be in touch again to outline how we intend to accomplish this.
Once again, we wish to thank you all for your and support in helping us to plan these interim arrangements.
Yours sincerely
Derek Brown Executive Director, Education & Families
Councillor Frank McNally Convener of Education & Families

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