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Reminder- Staying Vigilant and Responding to COVID-19 Symptoms

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we move down the levels and gain more freedoms, it is vitally important that we continue to remain vigilant to the threat of COVID-19,  do all we can to prevent transmission and keep our whole community safe.

Please see below a reminder of the procedures that remain in place should anyone develop any one of the 3 most commons symptoms i.e. fever, new continuous cough, loss or change in taste or smell.

  • It is essential that people do not attend school if symptomatic. Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should self- isolate straight away, stay at home and arrange a test via the appropriate method (see below).
  • People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms must also self-isolate straight away and stay at home. Other members of the household do not require a test, unless they are also symptomatic. If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours assuming also that they are not quarantining for foreign travel reasons. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away. Ideally, testing should be undertaken in the first 3 days of symptoms appearing, although testing is effective until day
  • If the test is positive, the symptomatic person must remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if symptoms (e.g. fever or breathlessness) persist (with the exception of cough or loss of/change of sense of taste or smell, as these symptoms can persist for several weeks after the infectious period). They must otherwise be well and remain fever-free for 48 hours without medication. The rest of the household must remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves, as they may be incubating the
  • Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be put in touch with the local contact tracing team so that other close contacts can be identified. All close contacts who are in the same household as confirmed cases must self-isolate immediately. They will usually be contacted by Test and Protect to reinforce self-isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person. Contacts from outside the household of the confirmed case will be asked to self-isolate at home for 10 days from the date of last exposure to the case. Sometimes this advice is given locally via the school on the advice of the Health Protection Team.
  • Everyone who needs to self-isolate as close contacts of confirmed cases must continue to do so for 10 days, even if they have a negative test
  • Unless otherwise advised by Test and Protect or local Incident Management Teams, where children, young people or staff do not have symptoms but are self-isolating as a close contact of person who is a confirmed case, other people in their household will not be asked to self-isolate along with them.
  • The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is designed to help people and reduce the spread of coronavirus. The app will alert an individual if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus and can help in determining contacts that may have otherwise been missed while keeping people’s information private and anonymous. Advice from Health Protection Teams may override advice from the app to self-isolate.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Mrs McNaught

PEF Proposals 2021-22

Dear Parent/Carer

Please see the attached form regarding the PEF allocation and proposals for session 2021/22. We welcome your thoughts and comments on this. These proposals are based on an analysis of our current data and what we consider to be best value for the funds available.

Should you wish to discuss this, please do not hesitate to give the school a call on 0300 300 0147.

The form will remain open until Friday the 4th June.  Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Uniform Consultation

At the most recent Parent Council meeting the issue of school uniform was raised and it was agreed that a consultation would be put to the Parent Forum (P1-6) to gather thoughts for moving forward.

The Parent Council put forward the following proposals:

  1. From August 2021 the option of a more casual uniform should remain.  Those who wish to wear the more formal uniform can continue to do so and formal uniform would still be worn for significant events and school photographs.
  2. In the formal uniform, the colour of the general items is standardised to one colour moving forward. Both colours (grey and navy)  would be acceptable in the short term but future purchases of new uniform should be in the standard colour.

This would make the uniform choices as follows

Casual Uniform

  • Red polo shirt
  • Navy sweatshirt
  • Navy bottoms (joggers, leggings, shorts- No logos)
  • Dark coloured trainers/ outdoor shoes

Formal Uniform

  • White shirt and school tie
  • Navy or Grey jumper or cardigan
  • Navy or grey trousers/skirt/pinafore/shorts etc.
  • Black school shoes

Gym Kit

  • Red polo shirt or T-shirt
  • Navy shorts, leggings or joggers
  • Indoor trainers or black gym shoes

Outerwear

  • Navy school blazer
  • Navy waterproof jacket

Also please note, uniform supplier have been in touch to say that parents are requesting badged items outwith our agreed uniform.  We kindly ask that you stay within the agreed items in order to keep the uniform to a standard set. We are mindful of the pressures put on parents by children to have the same as their classmates and we do not want parents to feel that they need to purchase any additional items of uniform.

Please complete the form below to confirm your choices. Form closes Sunday 18th April.

 

Parent Information – Whole School Return

Dear Parent/Carer,

Return to School

We are all very excited to be able to welcome our P4-7 pupils back to school fulltime on Monday the 15th March. The upper floors of our building have been very quiet over the last few weeks and it will be a pleasure to have everyone back in one place.

We would like to thank all parents and carers for the support they have given to all of our pupils with home learning since January. You have all been marvellous, but I am sure you are breathing a sigh of relief that home learning is over for the time being.

As our P4-7 pupils start to return the COVID-19 mitigations that were in place before we broke up in December will continue.

Strict social distancing protocols for adults remain in place. We would request that only one adult per family accompanies pupils to and from school. Adults are still required to wear a face-covering when on the school premises, including the playground. Once you have dropped your child off, we ask that you leave the playground and do not stand and chat with other adults.

Pupils can arrive at school from 8.45 a.m. when the doors will be open. They should not arrive any earlier than this. Pupils should go straight to their classroom and wash their hands in preparation for a 9.00 a.m. start.

Class bubbles, increased hygiene measures and staggered breaks will remain in place. Lunch will be 12.00-12.45 or 12.45-1.30. Please inform the office if your child intends to go home for lunch.

There is no requirement for social distancing between Primary School pupils but pupils and adults will continue to stay 2m distance.

The school will continue to provide all resources needed by pupils therefore there is no need for pupils to bring anything from home. As increased ventilation is still in place, it is a good idea for pupils to wear layers as the temperature may fluctuate throughout the day. Learning outdoors will continue to feature so wet weather gear remains a requirement.

P1 pupils and any siblings will continue to leave from 3.00 p.m. This will be followed by bus pupils at 3.10 p.m. and the remainder of pupils at 3.15 p.m.

At the end of the day we would again ask that, if pick up is required, only one adult per family comes to collect. If there are older siblings in the family please ask them to collect their younger brothers and sisters and meet the appropriate adult outwith the playground. If it is necessary to enter the playground, please stand well back from the school building. Please do not stand within 2m of adults from another household. 

The outdoor play equipment is out of use as we have no control over who has used it out with school hours. Please do not let pupils or younger siblings use this before or after school for health and safety reasons.

As pupils do not need to distance from each other please let those who are making their own way home leave through the gates first. Family groups that include an adult should maintain a 2m distance from each other as they leave.

Parking and The Car Park

As the numbers increase again on Monday, we would ask that you consider active travel measures. If you do require to drive to school, please park in a considerate manner. Please do not park on the Zig Zags or over our neighbours drives and be vigilant for pedestrians.

As we have had fewer staff in school and the car park has been quieter, we have noticed an increase in cars entering the car park and pedestrians using it as a short cut. Please remember the car park is for school staff and disabled parking only. Parents, including dropping off, picking up for aftercare, should not use the staff car park. Please do not bring pupils through the car park at the start and end of the day. This is a safety issue and we wish to ensure everyone is as safe as possible.

COVID Symptoms

Please note that all COVID protocols remain in place. Please do not send your child to school if the have any of the 3 symptoms of COVID: high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. If your child displays any of these symptoms in school, you will be asked to come and collect your child and have them tested. Your child can only return to school on receipt of a negative test result or after 10 days if you choose not to have them tested. We appreciate it can be difficult to differentiate between normal childhood illnesses and COVID but we do have to err on the side of caution especially in light of the new highly transmissible strains in circulation.

As always, our aim is to give our pupils the best experience in school as possible while keeping everyone in our Bishopton Community safe. This has been a difficult few months for us all. If you or your child is struggling with the return to school or any other aspect of dealing with the pandemic, please let us know. We are here to offer any advice or support or to put you in touch with agencies who can help.

Once again, thank you for your continued support as we all work together through this unprecedented situation.

Parents Evening Calls 30th,31st March

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Unfortunately we are still not able to conduct in person parent appointments.  Therefore Parents Evening will take the same format as October 2020; a phone conversation with the class teacher.

These calls will take place on the 30th and 31st March from 3.30 – 6.00 p.m. Class teachers will use the information you provided in October to schedule the calls.

If any of your information has changed please get in touch and let us know.

Appointment information will be sent by the class teacher nearer the time.

In the meantime if there is anything we can do to support you please don’t hesitate to let us know.

First Day for P1-3 Pupils – Reminder of Arrangements

P1-3 pupils have settled well on their first day back in school. It has been lovely to have them back in the building and we look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as we are allowed to do so.

We have received a number of call asking about the start and end of day arrangements therefore I have copied them below as a reminder.

Thank you once again for sticking to the protocols and keeping everyone in our community safe.

Return to School Information

Strict social distancing protocols for adults remain in place. We would request that only one adult per family accompanies our P1-3 pupils. Adults are still required to wear a face-covering when on the school premises, including the playground. Once you have dropped your child off we ask that you leave the playground and do not stand and chat with other adults.

Pupils can arrive at school from 8.45 a.m. when the doors will be open. Pupils should go straight to their classroom and wash their hands in preparation for a 9.00 a.m. start.

Class bubbles, increased hygiene measures and staggered breaks will remain in place. Lunch will be 12.00-12.45 or 12.45-1.30. Please inform the office if your child intends to go home for lunch.

There is no requirement for social distancing between Primary School pupils but pupils and adults will continue to stay 2m distance.

The school will continue to provide all resources needed by pupils therefore there is no need for pupils to bring anything from home. As increased ventilation is still in place, it is a good idea for pupils to wear layers as the temperature may fluctuate throughout the day. Learning outdoors will continue to feature so wet weather gear remains a requirement.

P1 pupils and any siblings will leave from 3.00 p.m. This will be followed by bus pupils at 3.10 p.m and the remainder of P2,3 and P4-7 hub pupils at 3.15 p.m.

At the end of the day we would again ask that, if pick up is required, only one adult per family comes to collect. If it is necessary to enter the playground, please stand well back from the school building. Please do not stand within 2m of adults from another household. 

The outdoor play equipment is out of use as we have no control over who has used it out with school hours. Please do not let pupils or younger siblings use this before or after school for health and safety reasons.

As pupils do not need to distance from each other please let those who are making their own way home leave through the gates first. Family groups that include an adult should maintain a 2m distance from each other as they leave.

P1-3 Return Monday 22nd February

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has now been confirmed that all P1-3 pupils will return to in school education from Monday 22nd February 2021. Home learning will continue for almost all pupils in P4-7.

The First Minister was quite clear in her announcement that the return to school for P1-3 pupils did not signal a wider easing of restrictions and the ‘stay at home’ message remains very much in place.  For employees and employers there is still a legal obligation for working at home, where possible, to facilitate the continued home learning for almost all P4-7 pupils. Therefore there is no expectation that P4-7 pupils, other than those already identified, will return to school at this time.

The return of the P1-3 pupils will be monitored over the next few weeks to assess the impact on community transmission of the new more infectious variants.  It is vital, as a school community, we do all in our power to minimise the opportunities for transmission and keep everyone associated with our school as safe as possible. In doing this we have the best chance to see our P4-7 pupils return soon (possible date 15th March).

As our P1-3 pupils start to return the COVID-19 mitigations that were in place before we broke up in December will continue.

Strict social distancing protocols for adults remain in place. We would request that only one adult per family accompanies our P1-3 pupils. Adults are still required to wear a face-covering when on the school premises, including the playground. Once you have dropped your child off we ask that you leave the playground and do not stand and chat with other adults.

Pupils can arrive at school from 8.45 a.m when the doors will be open. Pupils should go straight to their classroom and wash their hands in preparation for a 9.00 a.m. start.

Class bubbles, increased hygiene measures and staggered breaks will remain in place. Lunch will be 12.00-12.45 or 12.45-1.30. Please inform the office if your child intends to go home for lunch.

There is no requirement for social distancing between Primary School pupils but pupils and adults will continue to stay 2m distance.

The school will continue to provide all resources needed by pupils therefore there is no need for pupils to bring anything from home. As increased ventilation is still in place, it is a good idea for pupils to wear layers as the temperature may fluctuate throughout the day. Learning outdoors will continue to feature so wet weather gear remains a requirement.

P1 pupils and any siblings will leave from 3.00 p.m. This will be followed by bus pupils at 3.10 p.m and the remainder of P2,3 and P4-7 hub pupils at 3.15 p.m.

At the end of the day we would again ask that, if pick up is required, only one adult per family comes to collect. If it is necessary to enter the playground, please stand well back from the school building. Please do not stand within 2m of adults from another household.  The outdoor play equipment is out of use as we have no control over who has used it out with school hours. Please do not let pupils or younger siblings use this before or after school for health and safety reasons.

As pupils do not need to distance from each other please let those who are making their own way home leave through the gates first. Family groups that include an adult should maintain a 2m distance from each other as they leave.

By sticking to the protocols we have the best chance of keeping everyone within our community safe and transmission rates low. This also gives us the best chance of welcoming our P4-7 pupils back at the earliest opportunity.

Once again, thank you for your continued support during this very difficult period. If you have any questions or require any additional supports please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a lovely holiday weekend!

Please remember that this weekend is the February holiday weekend. We hope that you all have a great time and enjoy some time away from your screen.

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th are holidays and Wednesday 10th is a staff in-service day.

There will be no work posted on Teams for these 3 days.

Please note that the school is closed to hub pupils on these days. Parents of pupils who attend the hub will need to make alternative arrangements for these days.

All school holiday dates and in-service days can be found here. 

We look forward to seeing you online or in the hub on Thursday 11th February. In the meantime take care and stay safe.

Holiday Weekend – 8th – 10th Feb

Please note that next weekend is the February holiday weekend.

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th are holidays and Wednesday 10th is a staff in-service day.

There will be no work posted on Teams for these 3 days.

Please note that the school is closed to hub pupils on these days. Parents of pupils who attend the hub will need to make alternative arrangements for these days.

All school holiday dates and in-service days can be found here. 

Renfrewshire Advice Works Support Service

Please see attached information regarding Renfrewshire Advice Works Support Services.

If you feel this might be of use to you in any way please contact Mrs McNaught or the relevant DHT.

Please remember, if you are struggling in any way throughout the current lockdown,  we are here to point you in the direction of someone who can help.  Don’t hesitate to give us as call.

Renfrewshire AW Schools Support Service

Home Learning Week 2

Hi there,

Thanks to everyone for their patience whilst the IT issues were being resolved this week. Things are running more smoothly for the teachers and I hope this is reflected for you at home also.

Some parents have expressed difficulties with opening Word Documents and PowerPoints. The attached letter includes information on how to find the download link for these within Glow.

Please enjoy a well earned rest at the weekend and we look forward to ‘seeing’ everyone again next week.

Digital learning letter Jan 21