Update from the Headteacher 20 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will be aware that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, made the announcement in the Scottish Parliament today that lockdown measures will be in place until at least the middle of February with most pupils to continue to learn from home. The First Minister hopes schools will at least begin a phased return to the classroom from the middle of next month. This will be reviewed on Tuesday, 2nd February when she hopes to provide a firmer timetable for a return.

I know that many of you will have anticipated this news but it is still disappointing that we will not be able to return to in-school learning for all pupils for an extended period of time.  For now, we will continue to offer high quality online learning with the Hub being available for the children of key workers and those pupils who we need to have in school for wellbeing reasons.

I would like to record my thanks to all of our families who continue to work with us as we chart a course through this challenging time.  A full newsletter will be issued on Friday as usual.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 15 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we reach the end of the first week of working at home, I am pleased to report that our pupils have engaged very well with their online learning.  I am also able to share with you that our Hub is up and running, providing critical care for the children of key workers and some pupils who need this supportive environment at this time.

You will find our normal weekly newsletter below and a number of additional documents providing information about the following topics:

  • Online learning at Dalkeith High School
  • Digital communication guide for Dalkeith High School
  • Ongoing support for young people at Dalkeith High School
  • College email communication for senior phase pupils

Download: Newsletter Friday, 15th January

Download: Online Learning at DHS | College email w.b. 11 Jan | Ongoing support for young people at DHS | Digital communication guide for DHS

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have concerns or require support in any way.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

 

Pupil Support Virtual Classroom

The pupil support team has created a virtual classroom space to support the health and wellbeing of young people and their families. In the classroom you will find resources to include; mindfulness – Calming the Body and Mind, COVID – Feeling Safe and signposts to supports for families and young people. Families will also have access to activities which support health and wellbeing and virtual talks from our Pupil Support Leaders.

When accessing this resource please follow the link and click present in the top right hand corner of the slides document:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YxBvk5Sloza5_RSpbqDh97fSLjYkeMol7wOhtz0ir4E/edit?usp=sharing 

Hope you are all safe and well!

Pupil Support Team

MYPAS Digital Drop-in – now daily from Monday 11th January

MYPAS Digital Drop-in – now daily from Monday 11th January
 
Our Digital Drop-in will be running on a 7 week pilot basis EVERY weekday from Monday 11th January 3.30pm – 5.30pm
 
This is open to young people in East Lothian and Midlothian.
 
To access the drop-in, visit our website www.mypas.co.uk between 3.30pm and 5.30pm and click on the “chat now” tab that will appear on the right-hand side of the front page.
 
A MYPAS staff member will be available online to give advice and information on matters relating to young people’s health and wellbeing