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,
The Pupil Support Leaders continue to be available to support our young people during the school closure. Should any parent/carer or young person wish to speak with their Pupil Support Leader, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This email will be picked up by the pupil support team and contact will be made with you as soon as possible.
Depute Headteacher (Acting)
Dalkeith High School
2 Cousland Road
I hope that all in the family are keeping well. Please pass on my best wishes to our young people. Staff have informed me that they are very impressed with the way in which our pupils are engaging with the online learning materials.
It is with regret that I now inform you all schools trips due to take place during Term 3 have been cancelled. Midlothian Council are seeking further clarification and guidance on insurance claims and refunds will be processed as quickly as possible. I would be grateful if parents/carers could avoid claiming through bank or card providers as costs will be incurred by the school due to fees being levied. Further information will follow as soon as we have it.
I will continue to keep in touch with you throughout the school closure period. Please do not hesitate to contact me via the school email address that can be found on the website.
With very best wishes,
If any pupils or their parents/carers require help with college applications please email Barbara.email@example.com and I can either email them or call them to talk them through it.
I will try to contact our UCAS applicants who have not responded to their offers in case they loose them and likewise our college applicants. I have access to both track systems.
Barbara Moir Careers Adviser, Dalkeith High School
I hope that everyone in the family is well and that you are all finding ways to fill the hours while you are staying at home.
The campus remains open to offer care for the children of key workers employed in the health service and other vital industries. I am very grateful to the staff who are looking after the young people who are using the ‘hub’ facility and providing them with a calm, reassuring environment at a time of uncertainty. There are, of course, lots of engaging learning experiences taking place, and an opportunity for young people to form positive relationships with others in the school community that they may not have known up until now.
Online learning through Show My Homework seems to be going relatively smoothly. Mr Gordon is available to assist with any difficulties you may encounter; the best way to contact him is being emailing the school using the email address on the school website. Learning materials are also available on the website.
We have now received information from SQA which we posted on Twitter and Facebook yesterday evening. I have attached the statement that came from SQA and have summarised the main points below:
The main points are as follows:
- Only Nat 5 Coursework already submitted to SQA by the 18th March will be marked by SQA
- Other Nat 5 Coursework plus all Higher & AH coursework due to be picked up in April & May is not to be submitted by Centres
- Centres will be asked to provide Estimates to SQA which will inform certification – completed coursework not being sent to SQA can still be considered as part of a suite of evidence when deciding on estimates
I do believe that this is the only action that is available to the SQA in the current unprecedented times.
I will continue to update you on matters as they arise but in the meantime I hope you and the family to stay safe and well.
With very best wishes,
Here is the latest statement from the SQA. Mrs Dobson will be contacting parents and carers tomorrow.
From Midlothian Council.
We have just been informed, Sun 22 Mar, by John Swinney, Depute FM of updated advice to local authorities in relation to S4-S6. As a result of this advice, S4-S6 pupils should NOT go into school for any reason. An exception is vulnerable S4-S6 pupils who access Complex Needs Provision. They should follow individual arrangements already in place for them with their school. Instead, where possible, S4-S6 pupils, should finish their course work at home and schools will make arrangements to provide further guidance and support to S4-S6 pupils in due course. Schools, as of tomorrow, Mon 23 Mar, will be working with staff to plan this support. Further details will be coming from SQA about how pupils’ quals and achievements will be graded in the light of this latest decision announced today by Mr Swinney.
Link to announcement