General Letter to Parents regarding Positive Cases

2020-11-02 Lanark Grammar general parental letter

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Covid 19 Information Page

Message from the Headteacher (Updated 18.11.2020)

You may be aware that yesterday the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, moved 11 local authorities, including South Lanarkshire Council, into Protection Level 4 – the highest of the five-level protection scale. This will take effect from 6:00pm on Friday 20 November lasting until Friday 11 December 2020. 

Schools will remain open while councils are in Protection Level 4. The First Minister’s stated:

‘I am aware that some people will argue that schools should also be closed at level 4.

However our very clear view is that the harm done to young people by closing schools significantly outweighs any impact that schools have on transmission.

Keeping schools open is therefore a priority.

However, we will keep the guidance for schools – and how it is being implemented – under close review.’

We would advise all young people currently on the shielding list to liaise with their clinician about whether or not they should attend school.  The current general advice is that young people who are on the shielding list should not attend in person.

The change to Protection Level 4 also means that Physical Education lessons have to return to being held outdoors.

Our pupils continue to be very supportive of the changes which are required to maintain the wellbeing of our school community particularly the requirement to wear face coverings when moving around the school and at social times.  For Senior Phase students face coverings are also to be worn in class. We would continue to ask parents/carers to remind their children to wear face coverings on school transport and in shops etc.

 The safety of all members of our school community is underpinned by two important documents which can be accessed through the links below. The first is a Safe Systems of Work document which applies to all South Lanarkshire Council education establishments and the second is our school’s individualised Risk Assessment.

Safe Systems of Work – Pupils Return to Schools

Lanark Grammar School Risk Assessment August 2020

Face coverings: the school has a supply of both re-usable and disposable face coverings and these are being issued to pupils on a daily basis when they require one. A number of our pupils have an exemption to wearing a face covering with parents/carers being asked to complete a short Google Form to let us know. Pupils with an exemption have been issued with a green lanyard to indicate to others their exemption.

Best wishes and take care.

Mr Sherry

Communication at Lanark Grammar