Update on Return of Students to School

Dear Parent

I am writing with further updated information relating to the return of students to school. Some of the information below is adapted from my previous communication. However, there is also important new information regarding our procedures for the coming term.

As previously communicated, students will make a phased return to school this week and attend as detailed in the table below.

Day Year Groups Notes
Wednesday 12th August S1&2 only ·         S1 should arrive at 8:45am and will be met at the main student entrance.

·         S2 should arrive at 8:25am and go directly to Daily Morning Tutor

Thursday 13th August S3 and S4 only ·         S3 should arrive at 8:25am and go directly to Daily Morning Tutor

·         S4 should arrive at 8:45am and go directly to Daily Morning Tutor

Friday 14th August S5 and S6 only ·         S5 should arrive at 8:45am and go directly to Daily Morning Tutor

·         S6 should arrive at the Office Entrance at 8:45am and go directly to Daily Morning Tutor

 

Timetable Rotation

In response to local and national guidance, the school timetable has been changed to limit movement and the number of contacts. All classes will be double periods.

For this to work whilst maintaining student choice, it will be necessary to operate a rotation within the planned timetable. 

This means that:

  • In Week 1 students will go to P1, 3 and 5 classes (only) and remain for 2 lessons
  • In Week 2 students will go to P2, 4 and 6 classes for doubles
  • Periods will be re-named 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6

 

Rotations Dates
Rotation 1: Weeks beginning: 10/8, 24/8, 7/9, 21/9, 5/10
Rotation 2: Weeks beginning: 17/8, 31/8, 14/9, 28/9, 12/10

 

Although this sounds complicated here, it will be explained to students during induction from Wednesday to Friday.

The School Day

 

To limit movement and reduce the potential for crowding, we have also had to make some adjustments to the school day. This affects start and finish times as well as break and lunchtimes. The following tables provide details for each year group.

S1 Monday to Thursday

Period Time Information
DMT 8:30 – 8:40am Arrive at 8:25am
1+2 8:40am – 10:35am  
Break 10:35am – 10:50am No Canteen Available
3+4 10:50am – 12:45  
Lunch 12:45pm – 1:30pm  
5+6 1:30pm – 3:15pm To accommodate staggered release

 

S1 Friday

Period Time Information
DMT 8:30 – 8:40am Arrive at 8:25am
1+2 8:40am – 10:25am  
Break 10:25am – 10:40am No Canteen Available
3+4 10:40am – 12:25pm  

 

S2 and S3 Monday to Thursday

Period Time Information
DMT 8:30 – 8:40am Arrive at 8:25am
1+2 8:40am – 10:50am  
Break 10.15-10.30 No canteen available – return to period 1/2 class
3+4 10:50am – 1:30pm  
Lunch 12.00 noon – 12:45pm Return to period 3/4 class at 12.45)
5+6 1:30pm – 3:15pm Break 2:15pm – 2:30pm
    No canteen available – return to period 5/6 class

 

S2 and S3 Friday

Period Time Information
DMT 8:30 – 8:40am Arrive at 8:25am
1+2 8:40am – 10:40am  
Break 10.05am-10:20am No canteen available – return to period 1/2 class
3+4 10:40am – 12:25pm  

 

S4, 5 and 6 Monday to Thursday

Period Time Information
1+2 8:45am – 10:35am  
Break 10:35am – 10:50am No Canteen Available
3+4 10:50am – 12:45  
Lunch 12:45pm – 1:30pm  
5+6 1:30pm – 3:25pm  

 

S4, 5 and 6 Friday

Period Time Information
1+2 8:45am – 10:25am  
Break 10:25am – 10:40am No Canteen Available
3+4 10:40am – 12:35pm  

 

College (Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon for S4-6)

Currently, college is to be provided as ‘distance learning’. This means that students will not attend college buildings in person at this time. All college classes will be delivered online and lecturers will contact students to explain how this will work. Students in this position should sign out at the school office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and complete college work at home.

Jackets and warm clothing

We expect an increase in the use of outdoor spaces to support learning and, where possible, breaks and lunchtime will be taken outdoors. This means that all students should bring suitable outdoor clothing and be prepared to be outside.

Break

We suggest that students bring a snack for break as there will be no canteen service at this time.

Lunch

We ask that students bring a packed lunch, where possible. This will greatly reduce pressure on our restricted catering and further reduce risk. Eligible students will continue to receive a free school meal and it is likely that lunch will consist of a grab-and-go bag, rather than a hot service. Students will be able to order lunch during their first period. To reduce crowding, we will have two lunch slots as detailed above and this will also be communicated to students as part of induction during this week.

In the meantime, to assist with our catering plans, please complete the survey at the link below.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xNWsZrlCdqhHv5tZOpWOX6RUNVlVQUw4OUVQSk9OQlJLTlpHRDlDVDUwUC4u

Forrester Dress Code

We will continue to promote and support students to wear Forrester Dress Code. Please see website for details of our Dress Code and how this can be purchased. https://forresterhighschool.org.uk/school-uniform

https://www.border-embroideries.co.uk/schools/forrester-high-school.html

Ties will be available for purchase from the school office later in the session.

PE Arrangements

Students should come dressed for PE on days where they have PE on their timetable to avoid the need to get changed and reduce risk. Although bags will be locked in the changing rooms, students should avoid bringing valuable items in on those days.

Health and Safety

In preparation for students returning safely in August, we have refined a number of our operational procedures and risk assessments. Social distance and hygiene will be everyone’s responsibility and all students and staff must play their part in ensuring each other’s safety.

To avoid contact and the risk associated with the sharing of specialised equipment, some practical activities may not be possible initially. In addition, students are encouraged to bring their own stationary to avoid the need to share resources. Students who have school iPads should bring these with them (as well as their chargers).

Our fire evacuation procedures and muster points have also been updated to improve physical distancing.

It continues to be the case that we are not allowed to permit parents access to school, unless in an emergency. In which case, you should phone ahead.

Developing symptoms

If your child or a member of your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the advice from NHS Inform and please let the school know.

Useful links

NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

School website: https://forresterhighschool.org.uk/

City of Edinburgh Council website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thanks, and best wishes.

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher

 

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