End of Week Communication

Dear Parents/ Carers

We are at the end of our second full week of learning for our pupils. They are adapting well to the changes that have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and I thank you for your understanding in this.

At Loirston we are implementing a Recovery Curriculum as previously stated in line with Scottish Government guidance. This enables us to focus on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our children as well as literacy and numeracy.

All activities are carefully planned with learning intentions and so that teachers can assess needs of their pupils. Learning experiences are designed to be as active and engaging as possible in line with the core principles of the Curriculum for Excellence.

We are still having to do our assemblies online as we cannot yet have large gatherings of pupils together. The focus of these for the next few weeks will be Emotion Works, a new programme of work that we are implementing, initially to aid recovery and to help children explore emotions, again in a fun and engaging way.

Learning grids will be shared with you soon, as last session.

We are looking forward to having our new cycle and scooter racks installed soon to help pupils actively and safely travel to school.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to complete our survey yet, please have a look at it. The survey was sent to all parents and carers by Groupcall Email and Xpressions yesterday.

Have a lovely weekend.

S. Campbell-Morgan

(Acting Head Teacher)

Self Isolating of Pupils

This was sent out by Groupcall last night but I thought it may be useful to have it here too.

The symptoms of Coronavirus

Common symptoms of coronavirus are a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater), a new continuous cough and/or a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste. 

When does a pupil need to self-isolate?

There are three scenarios in which an individual would have to self-isolate for an extended period on medical advice:

  • they have symptoms of/or tested positive for coronavirus
  • they have been informed by an NHS contact tracer that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • they live with a person who has symptoms or has tested positive
  • If they have returned from a country that is not on the exempt list for quarantine regulations

What does it mean to self-isolate a child?

Self-isolation means that the pupil should remain at home and not go to school, not be in public spaces and not use public transport. Cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and other surfaces in the home regularly will help limit the risk of spread the virus. 

While self-isolating the pupil should: 

  • stay at least 2 metres (6 feet, or 3 steps) away from other members of the family/people in your home
  • stay in a different room from other members of the family/ people in your home, ensuring it is well-ventilated
  • spend as little time as possible in shared areas (sitting room, kitchen, bathroom)
  • avoid using the kitchen while others are present; and
  • use a separate towel; and where possible use a different toilet
  • maintain strict hand and environment hygiene

What do I do if a pupil has symptoms of coronavirus/tested positive? 

The pupil needs to self-isolate straight away, and contact NHS Inform to arrange to be tested (if they have not done this already). If the test is positive, they need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the time their symptoms started.

If they feel well enough after 10 days, and have not had a high temperature for 48 hours (without taking any medicines to treat a high temperature) they can return to school. It is not unusual for people to feel unwell for longer than 10 days even in milder cases.

Some people may be tested without experiencing symptoms, and if they are confirmed to have the disease asymptomatically they would self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.

If for any reason you cannot access a test for your child, they need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the time their symptoms started.  They can then return to school if they feel well and have not had a high temperature for 48 hours (without taking any medicines to treat a high temperature).

If the test is negative and no-one else in the household has been in contact with someone who has displayed symptoms,  tested positive or displayed symptoms of the disease, the pupil can return to school when they feel well enough. It will be presumed that the symptoms shown were not COVID-19.

Pupil has been informed by an NHS contact tracer that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Pupil needs to self-isolate for 14 days and will be asked to complete work from home if they are able to.

If the child develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms began and contact NHS Inform to arrange to be tested (if they have not done this already). They should do this even if it takes them over the 14-day isolation period.

Pupil lives with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive.

Follow advice above for those who have been told by the NHS they have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. 

If the person with symptoms tests negative, everyone in the household can end isolation and the pupil can return to school.

Useful web pages

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect-summary/

S.Campbell-Morgan

PARENT COUNCIL AGM

🌟Parent Council Annual General Meeting 1st September🌟

Our next meeting will be via Google Meet and is on the above date at 6pm.  Please email us on pcloirston@aberdeen.npfs.org.uk if you have any items you would like added to our Agenda by 24th August.

We will issue the link to parents that have confirmed their attendance on Monday the 31st August.

Please consider joining from the comfort of your own home 🛋

We will be looking for people to fill the office bearer roles and Fundraising Subgroup roles.  If we do not get at least 3 office bearers we will not be able to continue. If you are interested in a role, please message this page and we will let you know what is involved.

It would be great if we could get more members to join our meeting as our aim is to have a representative from all year groups from nursery through to P7.  You do not have to take on a specific role.

Hopefully see you at the meeting

Your parent council