Head Teacher’s Blog 10/10/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • A little fun for you all to estimate the 20 second handwashing rule for everyone in the house! Thank you to one of our parents for sending this in. https://360.articulate.com/review/content/28e70d0f-109e-45e1-80fd-1924325ad9b3/review
  • The City of Edinburgh and School Handbook: Each year, a joint handbook is produced. I have posted our latest version on our website for you in the section titled ‘Our School’.
  • School Standard and Quality Report for 2019-2020 is also in this section of the website.We are working with school staff and our Cluster colleagues to develop Health and Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching, Digital Learning and Equity and Inclusion this session.We have focused on Health and Safety and pupil transitions as the children have come back to school. Our Improvement Plan will be added to the website in October.
  • Snacks: At the moment we are opening a lot of snacks for the younger children. It would be helpful to have them in an easy to open wrap or a tub which the children can do independently to avoid staff touching their snacks.
  • It’s European languages day on Saturday 26th September. Bruntsfield Primary School classes will celebrate the languages their children know during the week 21-25 September and some have started already!
  • Scottish Government would like all children to be back in school. If you have not been able to come back yet, please let us know what we can do to help.

You asked about:

After School Clubs and other Clubs in the Community

The Council has given reasons for not enabling any form of extracurricular activity at the current time. They are:

  • The need to fully understand the impact of the return to school on the virus situation (each positive case results in children being sent home to self-isolate).
  • The need to reduce the mixing of ‘bubbles’ which is an inevitable consequence of extracurricular activity.
  • The need to reduce additional adult interaction with any groups of school pupils.
  • There is an additional cleaning resource required for many extracurricular activities which is not yet feasible.
  • We need to apply a model of consistency across the whole school estate in relation to this decision.

Clubs in the Community have asked us to share opportunities with you in the past. We cannot promote any until the policy changes.

On a more positive note, there are proposals for the safe and incremental introduction of extracurricular activity after the October break, subject to approval and no reversal of Government guidance. If things change, I shall let you know.

If there is anything I, or another member of the school team, can do to help please let us know via admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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