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Dear Parent/Carer

 

My sincere thanks for your ongoing support over the last few weeks.  You will be aware that the Government’s guidance for schools has changed and I would like to share the information with you.

 

New National Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings

 

Following an announcement by the Deputy First Minister on Tuesday 25 August 2020, the guidance for school staff and pupils across Scotland regarding the use of face coverings is changing.

The new guidance will take effect from Monday 31 August.  It states that face coverings should also be worn by staff and pupils when:

 

  • Adults and young people in secondary schools (including special schools) are moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets), where physical distancing is particularly difficult to maintain;
  • Adults, young people and children aged 5 and over are travelling on dedicated school transport

It is understood that some staff and children and young people who cannot wear a face covering for good reasons and that position will be respected.

Staff and pupils should ensure they:

 

  • Bring their own face coverings to school;
  • Store these safely in a washable, sealable bag or container when not in use;
  • Wash reusable face coverings in hot water at the end of each day; and
  • Safely and hygienically dispose of disposable face coverings after use

We will also arrange for a limited supply of face coverings to be available.  If you think you may have difficulty in sourcing a face covering or if you feel that your child or young person should be exempt, please contact your school directly.

 

Further information on face coverings is available from the Scottish Government website:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020-version-2/

Full face covering guidance is available via this link:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

 

Our pupil protocol will be shared with our young people tomorrow along with a video on how to wear a mask properly and store it safely.  This video can be found on our website and twitter feed.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

 

Stay Safe

 

Fiona McLagan (Head Teacher)   

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Pupil Protocol

St John’s RC High SchoolHealth & Safety Protocol

PUPIL – COVID-19 PROTOCOL

The school’s priorities will always be to adhere to strict hygiene guidelines and social distancing. 

ARRIVAL

  • Pupils should as far as possible maintain social distancing at all times
  • Pupils should enter the building through the pupil entrance and use the hand sanitiser located on the wall or table 
  • Where pupils are being dropped off, this should be out with the school grounds.  Parent/carers should not enter the school grounds personally or with their vehicle

DEPARTURE

  • Pupils should use the hand sanitisers on departure 
  • When pupils are being picked up, this should be done out with the school grounds

PPE

  • All areas being used by staff and pupils will be provided with appropriate PPE.  This will include gloves, hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes, and sprays. 

CLASSROOMS

  • Pupils will be given an antibacterial wipe to wipe down their desk, chair and working area. A disposable bag will be provided to place wipes in
  • Pupils should remain seated at their desk and not move around the classroom.  The teacher will be the only person who has free movement around the classroom
  • At the end of the lesson, pupils should remain seated until directed by the teacher
  • Pupils should follow the one-way system while moving around the building at any time
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BREAK & LUNCHTIME

  • Break will be staggered and access to the cafeteria at lunchtime will be on an allocated basis
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CLASS TIME

  • Pupils will be encouraged to use the toilet at break and lunchtimes and going to the toilet during class time will be for emergencies only.

 

SAFE CLASSROOM PRACTICE

  • Please follow all hygiene rules
  • Please remain in your own seat
  • Please use your own stationery
  • Please wipe down your work area on arrival and departure
  • Please put wipes in the disposable bag provided
  • Please follow all social distancing rules

 

                                      

New Term Arrangements

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope this finds you and your family in good health and looking forward to the new term.  Our arrangements for next week are as follows:

Monday 10th August        Staff In-service day
Tuesday 11th August        Staff In-service day

Wednesday 12th August
S5 and S6
Young people will be met at the pupil entrance by SLT at 8.40 and directed to their Tutor Room.
Period 1 and 2 will be an extended induction to ensure a smooth return to school.
Period 3 – 7 normal timetable/course choice changes by appointment with Guidance Teacher.

Thursday 13th August

S5/6 will continue with their normal timetable

S1 and S4
Young people will be met at the pupil entrance by SLT at 8.40 and directed to their Tutor rooms.
Period 1 and 2 will be an extended induction period to ensure a smooth transition/return to school
Period 3 – 6 normal timetable

Friday 14th August

S1/4/5/6 Follow normal timetable

S2 and S3
Young people will be met at the pupil entrance by SLT at 8.40 and directed to their Tutor rooms
Pupil Protocol – included 

Equipment – All young people will be issued with a resource pack which will include pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, ruler and calculator. 

Filled water bottles are encouraged.  The water fountains are not available for use at this time. 

Uniform: School uniform should be worn as normal. 

If, for any reason you may not be in a position to provide school uniform, please contact the school by email or telephone.

 

Email: st-johns@dundeecity.gov.uk
Telephone: 01382 307060

Transport
If you are travelling to school by public transport please remember that you must wear a face mask, observe social distancing and ensure good hand hygiene. 

I would encourage young people to walk or cycle where at all possible. 

Cars
Please drop off and pick up your child away from the school grounds.  Cars may not enter the school grounds unless previously agreed with Mrs McLagan. 

I would encourage you to use the Stack Leisure Car Park as a drop off/pick up point. 

Catering
Initially there will only be a lunchtime service

Any young person requiring lunch will complete lunch order form, the choices will be limited. The lunch will be provided within sealed containers in a snack bag. 

Young people will not be able to top up their account as we are operating a cashless catering service.  Your child’s account can be topped up through parent pay or by paypoint.

New S1 pupils – parent pay letter is included.  I would encourage all S1 pupils to remain in school at lunchtime until the October holidays. 

Packed lunches – designated areas will be available for young people who bring packed lunches to school.

Any young people who choose to go to the shops at lunchtime, must remember to observe current restrictions – social distancing and wearing a face mask to enter a shop.

Any food bought out with the school should not be brought into the school. Please encourage your child to bring a packed lunch. 

Covid 19 Symptoms

If you or any member of your family show symptoms of Covid 19, your young person should not come to school. 

The symptoms are: 
•    A new continuous cough
•    A high temperature
•    Loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste
You may find the following websites helpful:

1.    https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020/
2.    https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus/faqs-for-parents-about-the-re-opening-of-schools-and-nurseries
3.    https://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/npfs backtoschool guidance F.pdf

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.  My sincere thanks for your patience and understanding as we journey forwards together.

Yours faithfully
Fiona McLagan
Head Teacher