As you may be aware, both staff and senior phase pupils attending school will be invited to participate in the COVID-19 asymptomatic testing programme. Attached are 3 documents relating to Lateral Flow Testing at Dalkeith High School.
Information is also available on the Dalkeith High School YouTube page (https://youtu.be/DJIAOh4jx7s).
Regular collection of test kits will be available from Monday 22nd February as detailed in the attached letter, however we would encourage senior pupils who will be attending school for practical subjects or those senior pupils attending the Hub to collect test kits prior to returning on Monday 22nd February.
Test kits will be available to collect from the school office on Friday 19th February at the following times and pupils should bring a completed consent form or ensure this is returned electronically prior to collecting test kits. Electronic forms can be sent to Dalkeith.email@example.com
Lothian – 9:00am to 9:30am
Buccleuch – 9:30am to 10:00am
Dalhousie – 10:00am to 10:30am
Melville – 10:30am to 11:00am
Please note, test kits are currently only available for those senior pupils who will be physically attending school.
Dalkeith High School
0131 654 4701
Please find below a letter from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director, Children Young People & Partnerships
Download: Parents and Carers 020221.PDF
I am contacting you today regarding the procedures that will be put in place for any possible contact tracing that may need to take place at the start of the school holidays in response to the identification of positive cases of Covid-19. I have attached a letter from Midlothian Council to explain the procedures that will be used.
Download: Parent letter 141220 (1)
Download: Close Contact Log DHS (1)
I understand that some parents/carers will be keeping their young person at home on Monday and Tuesday to reduce the number of contacts in the period leading up to Christmas Day in a bid to protect others in the family. Please let the school know if you intend to do this and we will amend the register accordingly.
I will issue my last weekly newsletter of 2020 on Friday as normal.
Thank you in advance of your support,
Download: Fiona Robertson letter 2/11/20
Earlier this week an announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland regarding the SQA exam diet for 2021. Exams have been cancelled for National 5 courses but will remain in place for Highers and Advanced Highers. National 5 courses will now be awarded on the basis of teachers estimates formed through the gathering of evidence throughout the school session. The SQA will work with schools throughout the year providing guidance and feedback to teachers on the correct standards for each grade. Further information will be issued by the SQA in the coming weeks to support schools with this approach. Content has been removed from courses at all levels to mitigate against the possible loss of learning time in the months ahead. Exams for Highers and Advanced Highers will begin two weeks later than normal, again to increase the time available for learning.
I am pleased that we now have clarity about the way ahead and this will allow our pupils and staff to know what they are aiming towards. The school will continue to provide updates as we receive more detailed information from SQA.
All schools in Midlothian have been asked to produce a Contingency Plan to explain to families the actions that the school will take to address challenges that we may face in the months ahead. It is the aspiration of all schools to remain open and provide pupils with full-time in-school education, however the safety of all in the school remains the priority. Please take the time to read the Contingency Plan for Dalkeith High School which is below.
Download: DHS Contingency (1)
As PE classes continue outside, we would like to provide a suggested kit list in order to ensure students remain warm, dry and safe whilst working outdoors. The following items will ensure your child can participate in Covid-safe activities, continue to develop their wellbeing and enjoy their PE experience:
• Waterproof Jacket
• Fleece or warm jumper
• Appropriate footwear
Any family who is concerned about the financial impact of purchasing these items should email me to request support.
As always the PE department will continue to review educational guidance and look to provide alternative wellbeing activities. Please look for more information on the school website.
With summer now a distant memory, it is almost time to put DHS’s first colony of honey bees to bed for the winter. Having arrived in July courtesy of our newly formed partnership with Newbattle Beekeepers Association, the colony has gone from strength to strength and it is incredibly hypnotic to sit on a sunny day and watch them zip in and out of the hive on their quests for nectar and pollen. Our senior class of budding beekeepers have all honed their skills in manipulating bees on the frames and have watched baby bees chewing their way out from their wax capped cells, marked our queen so we can more easily find her and have extracted and jarred a small amount of honey. We have provided plenty of food so the colony has enough winter stores to see them through the cold, dark months ahead and we are eagerly awaiting the spring so that we can split the colony currently occupying “Buzzingham Palace” to provide a second hive for our BGE pupils to take charge of. If you’d like to read more about our learning and successful partnership with NBA then please take a look at https://newbattlebees.org/Dalkeith-High-School-Bee-Project
Thank you for your ongoing support as we chart our way through a very unusual year.
With very best wishes,
I’m writing to thank parents, carers and pupils who are helping keep local people safe and ultimately saving lives by complying with national coronavirus restrictions. I am sure you will appreciate the significant effort of all of our staff working in schools to do the same. However, I also need to stress we must remain vigilant as local cases of coronavirus are rising. As is the case across other areas in Scotland, this is, in part, because of transmission within local gatherings.
We continue to work alongside NHS Public Health and Police Scotland to protect local people. Please remember the restrictions in place on indoor gatherings in private homes. You should not meet anyone from outside your household inside your home or their home. This ban includes extended family members although you are permitted to provide care or support to a vulnerable person in their home and there are exemptions for childcare and tradespeople doing essential work. The rules on indoor gatherings apply to you and your family, including your young people over the age of 12, so we ask you to help them understand the rules and set an example for them too.
Where there are breaches of the legislation, Police Scotland will engage, explain the legislation and encourage compliance and will use enforcement action as a last resort.
We know that the overwhelming majority of people of all ages are following the rules and realise not meeting friends and family is hard, particularly on young people. However, to reduce the number of transmissions of the virus and keep schools open, all of us, young and old, need to do our bit by complying with the rules.
Thank you again for you and your family’s continued support.
Executive Director Children, Young People and Partnerships
Please find below a document prepared by NHS Lothian that aims to clarify specific questions and concerns that have been raised by parents and carers over the past few weeks.
I would like to emphasise that a young person should not attend school if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms.
- A new, continuous cough and/or
- A fever/ high temperature and/or
- A change or loss in taste and/or smell
Note: A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
As a reminder, if a young person shows any symptoms of COVID-19, it is essential that they do not attend school but instead self-isolate (along with their household) and book a test.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
A new, continuous cough
A fever/ high temperatures
A change or loss in taste and/or smell (anosmia).
If a young person tests negative they can return to school provided they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. Confirmation of the negative result should be sent to Dalkeith_hs@midlothian.gov.uk before the young person returns to school.