Update from the Headteacher – 20 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
I hope that all in the family are well and that you managed to enjoy some time relaxing over the school holiday period.
I would like to update you on a few matters at the start of the new term.  You may recall that I had invited families to let us know if they required us to supply stationery to allow pupils to continue with their learning activities.  Many thanks to those families who responded; I am pleased to say that the stationery packs will be distributed today.  Please let us know if you would like us to add your child’s name to the list.  Distance learning will continue during this extended period of school closures.  I will be holding a virtual meeting with members of our Extended Leadership Team tomorrow to discuss the purpose of the learning activities as we enter the new term and will report back to you later in the week.  Advice that was given prior to the holiday period still stands in terms of the length of time pupils should be spending on different subjects and the need to balance school work with the continued promotion of good physical and mental health.  Further information will be forthcoming from SQA with regards to procedures for the certification of courses later this week that I will share with you in due course.
I have attached some information from colleagues and partners in Midlothian Council that you may find of help, as well as a letter from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director Children, Young People and Partnerships.
I am aware that some families in our school community have lost loved ones to COVID-19.  I am sure you will join me in extending our condolences to those who have been affected in this way.
With kind regards,
Allyson Dobson