I wanted to contact you today at the end of our first week of having our young people and their families stay at home.
I am so proud of the many ways in which our school community has pulled together in this time of uncertainty: staff have been providing care for the children of our key workers to allow them to carry out their duties that will be essential to get us all through this crisis; other members of staff have been keeping pupils going with online learning; parents/carers have been supporting learning at home, as well as sending us in messages of encouragement for all that the school is doing at this time, and our amazing pupils have engaged with their learning activities throughout the week.
We are still awaiting details of the arrangements that Midlothian Council will put in place to support young people who normally receive free school meals throughout the time of school closure. Until such arrangements are in place, staff who are in school will continue to deliver free school meals to pupils in S1-3 who are entitled to them. To avoid any unnecessary journeys, it would be helpful if you could contact the school by email to let us know that you would prefer not to take up this offer of help. Your email should include your child’s name. We will continue to deliver if we do not hear from you. Today we are delivering almost 70 free school meals and I would like to record my heartfelt thanks to staff for doing this.
Our Pupil Support Team continues to be able to provide support to all of our families; support that may be all the more necessary as we all deal with changes in our normal way of life. Please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Pupil Support Leader if you require support or advice. The best way to contact them is to send an email to the school email address and this will be passed on. Again, it would be helpful if you could note your child’s name in the email.
As you can see from this message and those that I have sent out throughout the week, Dalkeith High School continues to be here for all of our families. We are a strong, supportive and compassionate school community that will pull together to get us through this difficult period. This is The Dalkeith Way.
I hope that you enjoy the weekend and I look forward to being in touch with you at the start of next week.
With very best wishes,