The last few weeks have seen significant change in daylight hours, weather and of course the restrictions that we are operating under due to COVID-19. Firstly, I would like to commend the response of our Senior Phase pupils following the requirement for them to wear face coverings in their classes. Their maturity in adapting to this new protocol has been very impressive.
As you will be aware, we will move into Level 4 of the Scottish Government’s tiered protection system, the highest level of restrictions. This will affect all aspects of life, including how we continue to adapt to these changes in school. We are working to take forward and implement any changes as swiftly as possible. Our focus continues to be the safety all of our staff and young people who attend our school.
As part of our ongoing adaptations as we move to Level 4 restrictions, I have summarised a few key points below. To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, please discuss these with your child and encourage them to cooperate with these guidelines:
Staying Vigilant and Respond to COVID-19 Symptoms
It is essential that your child does not attend school if symptomatic. If your child develops symptoms, please contact the school as soon as possible. Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should self- isolate straight away, stay at home and arrange a test. If anyone in your household is awaiting the result of a test then all people in the household should self-isolate. People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms must also self-isolate straight away and stay at home.
Parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children with the highest clinical risk should still attend school.
(Unless medically exempt) All pupils should wear face coverings when moving around the school and in social areas. Senior Phase pupils must wear face coverings in classrooms during lessons. Pupils who travel to school on contract buses or public transport are required to wear a face covering. We have a supply of disposable face coverings for those pupils who forget or lose their own.
Note that following the outcome of risk assessments, some staff will ask S1 to S3 pupils to wear face coverings during their lessons.
All pupils are encouraged to maintain COVID-secure personal hygiene throughout the day by:
- frequent washing/sanitising of hands for 20 seconds and drying thoroughly, and always when entering/leaving the building, before/after eating and after using the toilet;
- encouraging children, young people and staff to avoid touching their faces including mouth, eyes and nose; and
- using a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze, and use bins that are emptied regularly for tissue waste.
The school has hand sanitiser dispensers at the main entry and exit points around the school and at the entrance of every classroom.
The Trinity PE Department has been working continuously to safely deliver the best possible experience for our pupils under the current restrictions. At the moment, guidelines from Education Scotland state that PE must be outdoors only under Level 4 restrictions. In line with the guidelines, we have adapted our curriculum and procedures in PE.
Opportunities to participate in physical activity and sport are an integral part of young people’s mental and physical wellbeing. In order for our young people to access as many of these opportunities as possible, they will need to come appropriately prepared.
Until further notice pupils must come prepared for outdoor activity;
- Waterproof jacket, base layer/ fleece,
- Tracksuit bottoms/ leggings,
- Hat/ gloves,
- Footwear appropriate for grass/ astro,
- Sanitize hands when entering and exiting the PE Department,
- Report to designated muster point for registration
Start of the School Day
To help us encourage social distancing, where possible, pupils are encouraged to time their arrival at school as close to 8:45am to avoid gathering around the building. Parents are also reminded that they should not enter the school grounds, either by foot or in a vehicle.
Supported study classes will continue during Level 4 restrictions. All participants should continue to observe the relevant infection control and risk reduction measures in place.
Meeting with parents/carers has also been affected by the COVID pandemic and this has implications on how we communicate with you. Face-to-face meetings are currently restricted with phone or video calls being arranged to ‘meet’ with our parents/carers. It is important that we have your most up-to-date and accurate contact details. Please contact the office to update these if you require to do so. Parents are also encouraged to visit our website and follow us on Twitter (@SL_TrinityHS) for advice and information however, if you have any concerns about your child, please call the school.
Learning at Home
If you child has been instructed by NHS Lanarkshire to self-isolate at home our aim is to maintain a continuity of educational experience for your child. The primary mechanism to deliver teaching and learning whilst at home is our Google Classroom online platform. Please visit our website for information and guidance on accessing learning from home. We understand that some families may not have provision to enable access to online resources. If this is the case, please contact the school for assistance.
Support for Families
South Lanarkshire Council has established a number of services, helpline and systems to help our young people and families get through these challenging times. We can put you in contact with them and with other groups and organisations who will be able to help. Please visit the Support for Families section of our website for more information.
Finally, may I ask that everyone in our school community is extra vigilant with the current COVID-19 NHS advice and government guidelines.