CORONAVIRUS – Update 20/3/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,
I am writing to you following the announcement by Scottish Government that all schools will close on Friday, 20th March in response to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.
Emergency provision will be in place to protect the following national interests and groups:
S4 to S6 pupils
Schools will remain open to S4 to S6 pupils to allow them to complete coursework and assessments for national qualifications.  All pupils in this group should report to school as normal on Monday.  Given the decision has now been taken to cancel this year’s SQA exams, it is vital that all senior pupils attend.  In the absence of the exam diet, it will be critical that coursework is completed to allow for teachers’ professional judgements of estimated grades to be made and submitted to SQA.
S1 to S3 pupils
Children of key workers (for example, NHS,social care, police, staff providing learning/childcare for other key workers) will have access to learning and childcare to allow their parents/carers to continue to participate to the national response to Covid-19.  This will be delivered on a hub basis with the campus being the location that Dalkeith High School pupils who fall into this category should attend.  Please contact the school to check if your role is covered by the criteria set out in the guidance given by government. Any eligible pupils should attend school as normal on Monday.
Complex needs
The Enhanced Complex Needs Base will remain open.  Families will be contacted directly by staff to discuss individual arrangements.
Vulnerable young people
School will continue to maintain protections and support for children who may be particularly vulnerable in the current circumstances.  Pupil Support Leaders will contact families regarding this available support.
School transport will be available to pupils in the above groups as normal.  Pupils are advised to bring packed lunches into school as it is not possible to say at this time what catering will be available.
Free school meals will be available for those pupils who are entitled to them with arrangements being made by Midlothian Council to distribute these accordingly.  Further information will follow in due course.
S1 to S3 pupils who will not be attending school should access learning through Show My Homework.
I have attached some information from SQA and other partner agencies for your consideration.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding through this most challenging of times.  It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the majority of our pupils in S1 to S3 for an indefinite period of time.  However, I am positive that this time will pass and I look forward to leading a full and bustling school when we open our doors to all once more.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school for clarification on any of the above information.
With very best wishes,
Allyson Dobson
Allyson Dobson
Headteacher
Dalkeith High School
2 Cousland Road
Dalkeith
EH22 2PS
0131-654-4701

Careers Adviser

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver careers services face to face, but they are still there to help.  Your child can contact their school Careers Adviser, Barbara Moir, for careers information, advice and guidance at barbara.moir@sds.co.uk or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

You can still access career service support.  Call your local centre to speak to one of our qualified advisers.  Your nearest Skills Development Scotland Centre can be contacted at 0131 663 7287.

You can also find careers service support for parents / carers online at www.myworldofwork.co.uk and www.mykidscareer.com

Many thanks

Barbara Moir

Careers Adviser

CRAM – Educational Flashcards

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Need Help? – Key Contacts

Need Help? Here are some key contacts!

Supporting Positive Mental Health – It’s okay to talk!

 ChildLine

ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem.

You can:

 

The Mix

The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service.

You can:

 

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will be aware of the advice given by the UK and Scottish governments yesterday regarding steps to take to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19.

In accordance with this advice, any pupil who develops a high temperature or cough should self-isolate for a 7 day period.  I would be grateful to all in our school community for following this advice to support the good health of all.  Any pupil who becomes unwell during the course of the school day will be sent home.

You will also be aware of the Scottish government’s advice to cancel all school trips.  Further information regarding this will be shared with you when details of the timeframes involved become clearer.

Below is the statement released by SQA regarding the forthcoming exam diet.

http://dalkeith.mgfl.net/2020/03/13/sqa-statement-on-the-coronavirus/

I will keep you up to date with any further news of the impact of the virus on the smooth running of the school as the situation develops.

Thank you for your continued support,

Allyson Dobson
Headteacher
Dalkeith High School

Meeting with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister

Anastasia Moore, S6, was part of a small group of pupils who met with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, at the Scottish Parliament.  Mr Swinney had invited the senior pupils in to meet with him to discuss the pupil empowerment conference that the pupils had attended in February. The conference was organised by School Leaders Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament and involved young people from schools across Scotland coming together to discuss how schools involve them in the decision-making processes that affect them. Teacher were ‘banned’ from the event, and the findings that resulted from the lively debate will be taken forward by Scottish Government officials.  Anastasia was joined at the conference by Elle Wright.  The pupils reported back to Mrs Dobson, Headteacher, that in their opinion pupils at Dalkeith High School have many opportunities to have their voices heard and feel that their views are valued and acted upon.