Happy New Year! I do hope that everyone in the family remained healthy over the festive period. I am aware that our pupils are still on holiday and will only return to their learning on Monday, 11th January but thought you would appreciate hearing from me prior to them starting back.
I am sure you listened to the announcement made in the Scottish Parliament by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, regarding the need for remote learning until the beginning of February with a heavy heart. The news would have come as a blow to our pupils and their families given the immense efforts that we all put in to keeping our school open since our return in August. We were very fortunate to have continuity of learning throughout this period of time at Dalkeith High School. However, I do believe it was the only option open to the government given the impact of the new variant of the virus and the resulting sharp increase in cases. We have been in this position before in terms of providing remote learning opportunities and managed it very well as a school community – I am confident that we can do it again. Staff have worked hard since returning to work on Wednesday to prepare online lessons that are engaging, challenging and meet the needs of all pupils with all being communicated to pupils through Show My Homework.
I have attached a letter from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director, and our usual weekly school newsletter. I may need to contact you on a more frequent basis in the next few weeks but I am sure you would rather have any information that I need to share as quickly as possible rather than waiting for the publication of the newsletter at the end of the week.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we continue to function as a school community, even with so many working at home. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns. Email is the best way to communicate with us at this time and any communications will be passed on to the relevant member of staff.
I look forward to seeing our pupils return to their learning on Monday morning. I will continue to lead us as a school community through the next set of challenges that we will all face together in the next few weeks.
Download: Friday, 8th January
Download: 06 January 2021
With very best wishes,