Keeping things tight - Every child will learn and play with their own class only. This is in place as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Track, Trace, Protect’ initiative and it means in the unlucky situation that someone takes unwell we can easily track and trace movements therefore keeping everyone safe.
Each class has its own entry and exit point and space in the playground to avoid congestion. This will also support safe drop off and pick up. We have emailed you a map of entry points and we have also uploaded this on to our school website.
We will have staggered start and end times to the school day to ease any congestion in our corridors and playground. P1-p3 will start at 8.50am and finish at 2.50pm, p4 TO P7 will start at 9am and finish at 3PM. Any parents wishing to drop and pick up whole families should drop the whole family at the start time of the oldest child and pick up at the finish time of the youngest child.
Packed lunches only as we will not be mixing in the dinner hall. Children will eat their lunches in the classroom before they go out for a lunch break. Primary 1-3 and Children entitled to a free meal will have lunch provided. We ask that children do not go home for lunch. The water fountain will be out of use so children are encouraged to bring 1 or 2 bottles of water with them every day.
Belongings and uniform – Children are welcome to bring along a school bag and pencil case. School bags will be stored under desks and pencil cases can be on desks but contents cannot be shared. We will supply every child in the school with their own personal learning pack which will contain all of the jotters and resources they need for learning, children will not share anything. Children are encouraged to wear school uniform every day and this should be washed regularly. Children should also wear a warm waterproof jacket and sensible footwear as all P.E lessons will be outside. Children are welcome to wear tracksuit bottoms on P.E days with uniform on top.
Rigorous hand washing - We will all make sure that we look after one another and keep everyone safe by washing our hands regularly for 20 seconds. We will all do this a number of times in the day.
Washing your hands has always been an important way to avoid becoming unwell, but now we are getting ready to go back in school it is even more important! We will be washing our hands regularly during the day including:
At the beginning of the day.
In between different learning activities.
After blowing your nose or coughing.B
Before and after we eat.
Before and after we go outside.
When we use the toilet.
At the end of the day.
Excellent signage - There will be lots of signs around school reminding you of what we can do to keep ourselves safe. You will have 3 posters in your class base to remind you about keeping your distance, washing your hands and catching and binning your sneezes. There will also be markings on the floor to show you where to stand in places like on the stairs and lining up outside after playtime. We will keep our 2 metre signs as a reminder for all of the grown-ups!
Walking in the corridors in the right direction – we will also have sticky feet to show the direction of travel within the corridors. This will ensure our corridors are never congested and that we’re all looking out for one another.
Clean as you go! – All classes have their own safely stored cleaning products and teaching and support staff will ‘clean as they go’. This will include the wiping down of resources and tables on a regular basis. Our Primary 1 and 2 classes are employing a 72-hour rotation of resources similar to our practice in the nursery.
Visitors to the building – there will be no visitors to our building unless this has been previously agreed. Any visitors to the building will follow our strict routines, maintain 2 metre social distancing and be escorted in and out of the building. Parents will only be in the building in the case of an absolute emergency. Instead, any drop off or pick up requirements out with our normal school day will be at a designated school door and this will be communicated by our office team in advance.
Managing a suspected case – In the instance that a pupil or staff member should take unwell and present with covid symptoms within the school we have strict and safe procedures in place. Any recommendations for a group, class or school to isolate will be directly informed by Public Health and there are robust mechanisms in place to access support.