I am delighted to let you know that we now have pupils back in the building! Our new S1 pupils arrived this morning and have already experienced the virtual assembly to welcome them to the school and provide them with details about the health and safety procedures that we all need to follow. They are now being given a tour of the school in class groups led by staff supporters. I am sure that the rest of the day will go well and that they will arrive home with lots of stories about their first day at secondary school.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our S4/5/6 pupils back into the school tomorrow. Pupils should arrive in time for a 8.40am but no earlier than 8.30am. The few pupils who arrive before 8.30am due to the earlier arrival of some of the school buses should remain in the playground until this time. A reminder that pupils should arrive wearing PE kit if they have this subject on their timetable. I am aware that this will impact on some senior pupils on a number of days in the week if they have chosen PE as a national qualification. I apologise for the late notice about this but we only received the guidance on safety measures specifically for PE from Education Scotland at the start of the week. We will evaluate the situation going forward and make any necessary amendments to arrangements within current health and safety guidelines.
Senior pupils who have opted to take a course at college, or to follow one of the Foundation Apprenticeships, will be released at lunchtime tomorrow as the courses have yet to commence. The arrangements will also apply to Tuesday and Thursday of the following week. Please let me know if this causes any family a difficulty and we will accommodate the young person within the school. Information about arrangements for those courses will be sent in due course.
You will be aware that a change to the system for awarding grades for National qualifications was announced by John Swinney, Deputy first Minister, at the parliament yesterday. The change means that pupils will now be awarded the grades that were estimated by their subject teachers. New certificates will be issued by SQA to reflect the final grades, however the school will provide this information as soon as we can.
I have also attached the finalised risk assessment for your attention. I hope that you will be reassured by the measures that we have put in place to keep everyone as safe as we can. We will arrange to put some photographs on Twitter over the course of the day to show some of the measures we have put in place.
Thank you once again for your continued support.