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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)   

Good Luck to our Class of 2020

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Transition Booklet 2020

Our new P7/S1 Transition Booklet is available here.

Free School Meals Arranagements

Dundee City Council is confirming its arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of

families who qualify, where the council holds bank details.

 

If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.

 

However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at schoolmeals@dundeecity.gov.uk or call 01382 433458.

 

A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next

week.

 

Included are all children in a nursery which is part of the additional hours pilot scheme and any child in a nursery who would usually receive free school meals

 

Of pupils in P1-3, only those who receive the school clothing grant will qualify. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meals entitlement.

 

Vouchers will be available as a safety net in case bank details for some families cannot be confirmed.

 

The cost for a 14 week period until the end of term on June 26, or earlier if restrictions are ended, would be £1,085,490. This will be paid for partly by the council’s share of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund.

 

Payments will be backdated until March 23, the date from which the council was unable to provide a normal free school meals service.   

 

Council leader John Alexander said: “This payment will be a practical help for families to put food on the table during extremely challenging times.  

 

“We know that free school meals have a positive impact for these pupils and we have developed a scheme which is simple and convenient.

 

“The establishment of Community Support Centres and a food distribution centre show how we are working hard to assist vulnerable people.

 

“Free school meals also have an important role to play, with these payments making a real difference for families across Dundee.”                                          

Free School Meal Arrangements

Dundee City Council is confirming its arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of

families who qualify, where the council holds bank details.

 

If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.

 

However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at schoolmeals@dundeecity.gov.uk or call 01382 433458.

 

A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next

week.

 

Included are all children in a nursery which is part of the additional hours pilot scheme and any child in a nursery who would usually receive free school meals

 

Of pupils in P1-3, only those who receive the school clothing grant will qualify. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meals entitlement.

 

Vouchers will be available as a safety net in case bank details for some families cannot be confirmed.

 

The cost for a 14 week period until the end of term on June 26, or earlier if restrictions are ended, would be £1,085,490. This will be paid for partly by the council’s share of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund.

 

Payments will be backdated until March 23, the date from which the council was unable to provide a normal free school meals service.  

 

Council leader John Alexander said: “This payment will be a practical help for families to put food on the table during extremely challenging times.  

 

“We know that free school meals have a positive impact for these pupils and we have developed a scheme which is simple and convenient.

 

“The establishment of Community Support Centres and a food distribution centre show how we are working hard to assist vulnerable people.

 

“Free school meals also have an important role to play, with these payments making a real difference for families across Dundee.”                                          

Coronavirus update 20th March2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

I am writing to update you on Coronavirus (Covid-19) as it relates to you as a family and your children as pupils in our schools.

The Scottish Government has indicated all Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings will be closed for normal business from Monday 23 March 2020.

Teachers at primary and secondary schools have been talking to pupils about using their Glow account for online learning. Nurseries will also be advising about learning at home options.

The school and Early Learning and Childcare settings are making arrangements to offer a provision for the targeted groups as identified by the Scottish Government.

There is an online application for parents and carers who are key workers who have no other means of carrying on their work in key services without support from our service. This link is available on the DCC website along with all other relevant information.

Secondary Schools will determine which senior pupils should attend and confirm this information with parents. 

Children and young people who are entitled to a free school meal can collect a meal from their own school between 12 noon and 1.45 p.m. next week and further information will follow for arrangements after the Easter break.

I wish to reassure you that Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service is continuing to work with Head Teachers across the city to deal with the impact of the situation as it develops.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Head Teacher

Coronavirus - use of drinking fountains

Please see the attached information regarding the use of drinking fountains in school. Click here.

More information is available on the NHS website. Click here,

St John’s RC High School Business & Languages event (Thursday 16 January 2020)

St John’s RC High School Business & Languages event (Thursday 16 January 2020)

Andrew Gillespie – Ace Aquatec

This year’s business and language event consisted of a range of local businesses and organisations who delivered 25-minute interactive workshops to our current S3 pupils. 

Pupils were split into groups and rotated through each of the workshops delivered by the organisations.  The intention of this experience was to enable young people to make links between the Business and languages subjects which they are studying, and to recognise the relevance of the skills which they are learning.  This enabling young people to make links between the work they are doing in school and its purpose in their future careers. 

Attending the talks and workshops enabled young people to develop a range of skills which will be essential for their future, including literacy, team working and interpersonal skills, as well as languages and business skills. 

Pupil feedback on the morning was extremely positive, overall, they found the whole experience valuable and thoroughly enjoyed working alongside local businesses.  The workshops put their leaning into context and gave them a greater awareness of the importance of studying a language alongside business and clear links to their future careers.

 Businesses Involved (Workshops)

  • Andrew Gillespie – Ace Aquatec
  • Judy and Susanna – Dundee Heritage Trust
  • Danielle – Dundee United FC
  • Micholla Finnegan – International Project’s team at Dundee & Angus College
  • Dr Sara Al Tubuly – Al-Maktoum College