I would like to take this opportunity at the start of the year to remind pupils and parents/carers about the expectations in regards to attendance, uniform and mobile phones.
All pupils must attend school unless they are unwell. If your child is unwell and unable to attend school you must inform us of the absence via the app or by contacting the school office.
Term times holidays in line with local and national guidance will be not be authorised and if you choose to take your child out of school in term time for a holiday it may lead to you being issued with a fine.
If your child has attendance below 90% they will be classed as a persistent absentee and we will engage the services of our education welfare officer to support you and your child improve their attendance. If your child has any issues that affect their attendance then please give us a call as a matter of urgency and we will do all we can to help.
Leave of absence from school can only be granted by the head teacher in exceptional circumstances.
Pupils aged under 18 years and 6 months do not have to self-isolate if a member of their household tests positive for Covid.
All pupils must wear full school uniform including having appropriate footwear (black shoes). A full list of uniform is on our school website. Pupils can wear the school PE kit to school on the day they have PE. However if they choose to wear their own sports gear they must wear their uniform and then change when they have their PE lesson. School uniform is available from Briendas on Muirhead Avenue – it can be ordered online.
We encourage all pupils to hand in their phones to the office when they arrive in school so they are not broken or lost. If a pupil chooses to keep their phone on them then it must be away at all times. If a pupil is using their phone during the school day, they will be challenged by staff. Any pupil who causes persistent issue with their phone will have it confiscated, parents and carers will be asked to collect it and the pupil will not be able to have their phone in school.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result you should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the lateral flow test result and you can return to school, so as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Please see attached the letter from the local authority detailing the City arrangements.