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14 August 2020 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

This week has been unique! Not only have we returned to school after nearly 5 months, we were greeted on Wednesday to lightning, thunder and a flooded turning circle! All to announce the arrival of our new pupils!

Of course, the challenges to ensuring the safe return of our pupils are being addressed, and I am pleased to say that we have seen a very positive start. Pupils and staff are adapting to the ‘new normal’ and regimes for going outside, hand sanitising/washing, moving around the building and keeping apart have been followed well. Thanks for getting the uniforms sorted too – the young people were looking great.

It’s clear that it’s hard to always keep the rules at the front of your mind at all times. To ensure the safety of the community, young people need to keep 2 metres away from adults (and adults need to also keep 2 metres away from other adults). This can prove challenging, and I ask that you speak to your child about this, and remind them (as we have) of the importance of physically distancing from adults in school. Some have also needed to be reminded that they should not crowd together or be in physical contact with anyone else.

Keeping our community safe is key. As our secondary community is from a very wide catchment, pupils are travelling from different areas of Perth and Kinross in a wide variety of ways. If possible, please encourage your child to choose active travel and walk or cycle to school. If you live too far away, please consider using the bus, or drop your child off well away from the school and they can walk the rest. A walk through the beautiful North Inch is a great way to start the day!

If you have no alternative and must drop your child off at school, please use the car park and never come into the turning circle (unless going to a disabled bay). Taxis and buses only in the turning circle.

Please also remember that if your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 then they should not come to school and you should request a test. Information on this is here.

Finally, I wrote to those S5 and S6 pupils who received SQA results which were different from the teacher estimates. These results will be finalised and updated by the SQA in due course. Congratulations to those who were upgraded, and to all our SQA candidates after a difficult year.

I hope you have a good weekend. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday, 17 August 2020.

With every good wish,

SeΓ‘n P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader