14th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

First and foremost, I hope that you and your families are safe and well in whatcontinues to be a challenging situation for everyone globally.  Health and wellbeing, including mental health remains the priority.  Our guiding principle is do what you can given the circumstances you face.

Our timetable will change from 2019/20 to 2020/21 on 19 May 2020.

Microsoft Teams                                                                                                                                                 

For the majority of our learners their school work will be delivered on Microsoft Teams.  Everyone who indicated that they did not have a username and password should, by now, have received those by text.

Throughout May and early June we will be doing our best to get devices loaned to those who need them.  All Senior Phase pupils should have access to a device for the start of the new timetable on Tuesday 19 May 2020. We will then prioritise S3 followed by S2.

Subject Choices: Timetable                                                                                                                               

The subjects chosen by each pupil in S3-S6 will be communicated by text before the end of this week.  If young people have problems with their course choice they should contact their Guidance Teacher in the first instance.

The S2 timetable will follow the curricular areas below with work being set in ‘subject’ Teams rather than individual classes. Pupils will be invited to join a Team, this work will also be on the school app until we are confident that all pupils can access Teams.  The feedback from parents has been that having all of the work posted on a Monday can feel overwhelming, so we will now stagger this work throughout the week.

Monday – Maths/English

Tuesday – Social Subjects/RMPS

Wednesday – Science/Health and Wellbeing

Thursday – Expressive Arts/Technologies

Friday – Modern Languages/Business/Computing

S3 – S6:  Every pupil will receive a Team invite from either their subject or their teacher. Balancing workload and health and wellbeing as we start the National and Higher courses will become more of a challenge. We do not want to overwhelm our learners, however at the same time we do not want to negatively impact their attainment by not now stepping up our expectations and workload.  The City of Edinburgh Council home learning guidance suggests 20 hours per week, that translates to four hours per week on each Higher or three hours per week on each National course.

We will do everything possible to support this.  Pupils will receive a check in phone call once a fortnight to hear of any difficulties and will pass on information to those best placed to support.  Pupils and parents can also contact Curriculum Leaders directly to ask any subject related questions.

Kind regards,

Mr S. Kelly

Stephen Kelly
Twitter: @LibertonHighHT