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Session 20/21 – School Re-opening Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware the First Minister last week announced the re-opening of schools for all children.  The 2020-2021 school session will start on Monday 10th August for staff and we will be preparing to welcome our children back from Wednesday 12th August 2020.

We are delighted to be able to welcome our children back to school and want to make sure they feel safe and secure with the changes that will be in place to reduce the transmission of COVID 19.  Therefore, the return to school will be phased over three days from Wednesday 12th August to allow our children, parents and staff to become familiar with the changes at the school. This means that not all our children will return on the same day support the management of the phased return and enable our families to plan around the start of the school session we are grouping the children according to their surname.  Please see the following for details of your child’s return to school.

Child’s surname beginsWednesday 12 AugustThursday 13 AugustFriday 14 August
  A – L    Start back and attend full day    Do not attend  Attend full day
  M-Z    Do not attend  Start back and attend full day    Attend full day

The following staggered start and finish times will be in place to minimise contact between classes. As we are working to strict times, punctuality will be especially important.

P1-2                8:45am – 2:50pm.

P3-5                8:45am – 3:10pm.

P6-7                8:55am – 3:20pm.

What you need to know

Physical distancing – Physical distancing between adults and between adults and children from different families must be observed. This means normal access into the school for parent and carers will be severely restricted to maintain the safety of everyone. 

P1-2 Primary 1 and Primary 2 will enter and leave from the West Montgomery Place entrance. Children will line up by class and be taken into school by their teacher. Parents should remain outside the school gate and not enter the playground.

P3-5 Primary 3, Primary 4 and Primary 5 will enter and leave from the Brunswick Road entrance. Children will line up by class in the rear playground and be taken into school by their teacher. Parents should remain outside the school gate and not enter the playground.

P6-7 Primary 6 and Primary 7 will enter and leave from the Brunswick Road entrance. Children will line up by class in the rear playground and be taken into school by their teacher. Parents should remain outside the school gate and not enter the playground.

Hygiene arrangements – We will continue to encourage regular handwashing when children are in school and hand sanitisers will be widely available throughout the building.  Enhanced cleaning will take place daily.

Uniform – It is recommended that your child wears clothing that can be washed frequently and blazers or any items which require dry cleaning should not be worn to school. As we will be spending a lot of time learning outdoors, please ensure your child brings a coat or jacket and wears suitable footwear every day. Please note: school uniform is optional.

Lunch Arrangements – Lunch timings will be staggered to support physical distancing. Until October, only cold packed lunches will be available, and it is essential that they are pre-ordered. Please book as normal using ParentPay.

After School Clubs and Breakfast Club – Breakfast club will open w/c 17.08.20 and further details will be issued next week. Places at Breakfast Club must be pre-booked. Information relating to After School Clubs will be issued in due course.

We recognise that the sudden and unprecedented changes that have taken place since the end of March will have had an impact on our children and they may be feeling uncertain about the return to school.  I want to reassure you that staff fully appreciate the anxieties that children may have about the return, and we will welcome and support everyone to make the transition back to school a positive experience.

These arrangements may change depending upon circumstances and we will advise accordingly if this is the case. We appreciate your patience during this time.

I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Further information relating to the re-opening of The City of Edinburgh schools can be found here: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schools-learning/returning-school-august-2020/1

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City of Edinburgh Council Psychological Services

We understand that the situation with COVID-19 is a concerning time for everyone and that with the current school closures, children and young people may feel particularly unsettled. Psychological Services are happy to offer advice and support at this time.

Who for: Parents/carers, school staff and other professionals who would like support/advice in supporting the learning and wellbeing of our children and young people. Older children and young people who would like some advice on how they manage their home learning and wellbeing.

How to contact us: Monday to Friday 9am –5pm

Call 0131 469 2800 and leave a message including your name, number and child’s school. One of our Educational Psychologists will call you back as soon as they can.

Alternatively email us at psychologicalservices@ea.edin.sch.uk

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