August 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted to welcome you to session 2021-22 at Liberton High School.  In this session I sincerely hope that we can transition from what has been crisis management to a more settled and predictable school year.  It has been absolutely wonderful to see our new S1s finally in the building and to also reconnect with all of our returning learners.

We have much to look forward to;

  • we will be harnessing the collective resources of our community to ensure that our pattern of continued improvement is maintained and extended
  • we will be inspiring our young people to learn, lead and achieve to the highest possible level
  • we will be engaging all stakeholders in the detailed design of our new school that will be a resource for the entire community

As we make this transition to our new normal the steps to mitigate the impact of COVID, in line with Scottish Government guidance, have been updated.

I have highlighted 10 key things for you to know below.

  1. Groupings (Bubbles)

There is no longer a need to work in ‘bubbles.’  This means that children will now be able to mix with those from other classes both for their learning and during social times, however large gatherings such as assemblies cannot yet take place.

  1. Contact Tracing & Self-Isolation

We will no longer need to identify close contacts and ask whole classes to self-isolate.  Contact tracing will be done by Test and Protect (TAP).  Only those at the highest risk of being exposed to infection will be asked to self-isolate until they have received a negative PCR test. This will include young people with a specific health-related vulnerability.

It is important that we know which children have a health-related vulnerability.  If this applies to your child, please contact the school to discuss the need to record this in a Health Care Plan. 

The definition of who is considered a close contact can be found here.
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/pages/changes-to-previous-guidance/#Self-isolation%20policy%20(including%20contact%20tracing%20and%20testing)

  1. What to do if your child is COVID-19 positive

If your child is COVID-19 positive, please contact the school with their name, date of birth and date of Positive PCR test.  This will allow the school to issue the Warn and Inform letters to staff and other parents/carers, letting them know that there has been a case(s) in school.

  1. Warn & Inform – steps for you to take

When schools become aware of a positive case in school, they will issue a “Warn & Inform” letter which will tell you what to do next.

  1. Face Coverings

Unless exempt, face coverings should be worn at all times by all adults and learners.

  1. LFD Testing

Secondary pupils should continue to take an LFD test twice weekly.
Please ensure your child has taken a test before returning to school.

  1. Visitors to schools

In the short term, visitors to schools will be for essential learning purposes only. It is not yet possible to drop in to school unless this has been pre-arranged, for example for enhanced transition.

If you need to visit the school, please arrange this with the school office. Staff will ensure that a risk assessment is in place.
 

  1. Drop-off/Pick-up

Unless absolutely essential parents should not be driving into school to drop off or pick up young people.

  1. Ventilation

Good ventilation is important to reduce the spread of infection.  We use monitors to check ventilation and more will be bought by the Council as winter approaches.  The main way we improve ventilation is by opening windows.

10.  Extra-Curricular Activity

​​​​​​​We are looking forward to these starting up soon.  We are working with partners to ensure a gradual and safe resumption of a wide range of extra-curricular activity.

I hope that by following the guidance, we will continue to have a safe school and healthy, thriving young people. Any changes to guidance will be fully considered and sent out in advance of the new changes taking place.
If anything is not clear, please do get in touch with me in the first instance.

Thank you for all of your hard work so far in keeping yourselves and your families safe.

Kind regards,

Stephen

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Stephen Kelly | Headteacher | Liberton High School | 328 Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, EH17 7PT

Tel  0131 664 7514 | stephen.kelly@liberton.edin.sch.uk | @LibertonHighHT |

Mr S. Kelly

 

Stephen Kelly
Headteacher
Twitter: @LibertonHighHT