PTA Meeting 9.6.22 @ 8pm

Friends of Balmedie School next meeting

 

We are planning on holding a virtual meeting on Thursday 9th June at 20:00 using Microsoft Teams.

You do not need to have a Microsoft teams account as you will be able to join through a web browser or by downloading the free app. Please see link to join meeting below:

 

Click here to join the meeting

 

All staff, parents & carers of school and nursery children are welcome to attend.

 

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome – apologies to be noted
    2. Approval of last minutes of meeting 07/02/22
    3. School Report by Mr Ford
    4. Treasurers Report
    5. Fundraising Activities
    6. AOB

 

If you have anything you would like added to the agenda for discussion please let us know.

Our email address is: friends-of-balmedie-school@hotmail.com

Aberdeenshire Council – Storm Corrie Public Briefing

Storm Corrie public briefing

 

Monday, January 31 @ 11am

If you are receiving this message around the impacts of Storms Malik and Corrie, your help is appreciated in spreading this message via word of mouth or other local channels in your community. Please focus on those who have are still without power.

 

SSEN update

Storm Malik

Power has been successfully restored to around 68,000 customers affected by Storm Malik across the country, with around 7,000 customers remaining off supply, mainly in pockets across Aberdeenshire, following Saturday’s extreme weather. SSEN’s teams are prioritising the restoration of these customers and expect the vast majority to be restored today with full restoration on Tuesday evening.

 

Storm Corrie

Early assessments show around 38,000 customers have been affected by Storm Corrie overnight. Around 4,000 of these customers have had their supply restored, with around 33,000 customers currently without power.  Of these, around 19,000 relate to two major faults affecting customers in the Stonehaven area (13,000) and Deeside (6,000) which are being worked on and are expected to be restored later today. Restoration efforts from Storm Corrie will continue into Tuesday with the possibility that for small clusters of customers this may extend into Wednesday, subject to today’s damage assessment.

 

Keep up-to-date on progress at http://news.ssen.co.uk/news/all-articles/2022/january/storm-malik-update/

 

LLA facilities open until 8pm tonight (Mon)

If you need access to a hot shower or phone charging etc, the following Live life Aberdeenshire facilities have again opened today from 9am until 8pm.

  • Turriff Sports Centre
  • Banchory Sports Village
  • Deveron Community & Sports Centre
  • Inverurie Community Campus
  • Ellon Community Campus
  • Portlethen Pool
  • Westhill Swimming Pool
  • Fraserburgh Community & Sports Centre
  • Huntly Swimming Pool
  • Peterhead Leisure Centre
  • Mearns Community Campus

There will be tea/coffee from 12noon at Fetteresso Church Hall today (Mon).

 

Hot food provision

People wanting to pick-up a meal can do so at the following locations:

  • Aboyne Swimming Pool (outside the building as no power) between 13.15-14.00 and 16.15-17.00
  • Alford Community Campus (outside the building as no power) between 13.15-14.00 and 16.15-17.00
  • Banchory Sports Village: between 13.00-14.00 and 16.00-17.00
  • Inverurie Community Campus: between 13.00-14.00 and 16.00-17.00
  • Mearns Academy Community Campus: between 13.00-14.00 and 16.00-17.00
  • Stonehaven Leisure Centre: (outside the building as no power) between 13.15-14.00 and 16.15-17.00
  • Turriff Sports Centre: between 13.00-14.00 and 16.00-17.00
  • Peterhead Leisure and Community Centre: between 13.00-14.00 and 16.00-17.00

 

For those who cannot travel, please contact our Assistance Line if you need advice or support or if you are isolating – 0808 196 3384. It is open from 8:45am to 5pm today.

 

SSEN catering provision

In addition to Aberdeenshire Council food provision, SSEN catering facilities remain in place at the following locations:

  • Alford, Transport Museum Car Park, Fish & Chips
  • Bognie Brae, Bognie Brae Arms Car Park, Steak Bar
  • Cannich, Village Centre, Highland Hog Roast Food Van (from 12.30pm)
  • Fyvie, Outside the Co-op, Steak Bar
  • Insch, Church Hall Car Park, Western Road, Hot Food Van
  • Kemnay, Aquithie Road, Steak Bar
  • Munlochy, Car Park    Highland Hog Roast Food Van
  • Tarland, The Square, Steak Bar
  • Torphins, Learney Hall, Fish & Chips
  • Whitestone, Opposite Finzean Town Hall, Steak Bar
  • SSEN has also arranged for a hot food van to supply residents in Lumphanan

 

Schools

Around a third of the school estate remain closed today and others had later opening times owing to the impact of Storm Corrie.

Full details here: https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/Apps/schools-closures/

 

Health and social care

The Stonehaven vaccination centre is closed today due to lack of power.

The following GP practices currently have no power, and this will be affecting their telephone systems and may only be operating on a limited or emergency basis until power is restored:

  • Aboyne/Tarland
  • Alford
  • Ballater
  • Braemar
  • Kemnay
  • Stonehaven

 

Community testing

We have pulled provision of lateral flow community testing in Laurencekirk, Stonehaven and Huntly today as staff are helping assist with Storm Malik/Corrie resilience. We are still testing in Peterhead.

 

Roads and Infrastructure

We are experiencing particular issues in Kincardine and Mearns with a number of routes impacted by trees. Our teams are attending in all affected areas and assisting with tree removal. Please drive safely and avoid routes/areas with fallen or hung-up trees.

 

Waste services

Stonehaven and the coastal area are particularly affected so we have no collection routes currently going out. Stonehaven and Portlethen household recycling centres are also closed. There is a tree blocking access to Laurencekirk and will remain closed until it is removed and we can get safe access.

All remaining depots/HRCs are operating as normal and collections are being undertaken, however there may be some roads we cannot currently access due to fallen trees.

 

Phone numbers:

  • If you need help, or need to report fallen trees – via Police on 101
  • Power outages – via SSEN on 105
  • Non-urgent medical issues – via NHS on 111
  • Emergency council housing repairs – 03456 08 12 03
  • Emergency social care 03456 08 12 06

If you can’t use private water because of the power outage you are advised to source bottled water. But if you can’t please contact the assistance line on 0808 196 3384 for advice or support.

 

 

Next Friends of Balmedie Meeting (Monday 7th February)

Friends of Balmedie School are planning on holding an online meeting on Monday 7th February at 8pm. To join this Microsoft Teams meeting all you need to do is follow the blue link below at the scheduled date/time above. All staff, parents & carers of school and nursery children are welcome to attend.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

 

The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome – apologies to be noted
  2. Approval of last minutes
  3. School updates by Mr Ford
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Fundraising Activities
  6. AOB

As normal we will circulate the minutes of the meeting afterwards for you to read if you cannot attend the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there – unfortunately we cannot offer you a nice cuppa & biscuit for this meeting but at least you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home.

As a reminder our email address is: friends-of-balmedie-school@hotmail.com

School Network Issues – 26.1.22

Please be advised across all Ellon Cluster schools there are network difficulties which are impacting on school systems, internet and phone communications.

ICT support are aware of the problem and trying to fix the issue and in the meantime contact can still be made with the school office via e-mail and Xpressions messaging.

Many Thanks.

School COVID Update and Self Isolation Flowchart

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find attached an extremely useful NHS document to support all families with self-isolation advice.

Self-isolation flowchart – A4 Poster HR – January 2022

 

Please be advised, over the past few days, we are now observing a sudden rise of positive COVID cases across our school community resulting in an increase in pupil absences. As a result of this, please find a reminder of the NHS letter which would normally be circulated class by class.

This letter is to inform you that your child has been identified as having been in ‘low risk’ contact with this person. This means they may have shared a classroom or had some other low risk contact in school.

There is no need for your child to isolate unless contacted separately by Test and Protect and asked to do so. School remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.

The public health judgement that these types of contact are low risk is based on a range of factors, including vaccination rates, evidence about transmission from children and young people, and the low risk of direct health harms to children.

If your child does develop any symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school – they should have a PCR test as soon as possible. Further information on testing, and the rules around self-isolation, can be found on www.nhsinform.scot or by phoning 119 if you cannot book online.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: new continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness from coronavirus infection and, although our understanding of the Omicron variant is evolving, there is no evidence of a higher risk at present. For those people who are eligible, vaccination is highly effective at preventing severe disease.

To help reduce the risk to your family and your school community, please also:

  • Ensure your child takes a lateral flow test before returning to school. This can help reduce the likelihood of spread in schools, by catching infections early.
  •  If your child is in primary school, you can support them to take a test before returning if you and they are comfortable in doing so. There is no need for your child to continue to test regularly as part of attending primary school.
  • If your child is in secondary school, they should take a test before returning wherever possible, and continue to test regularly (twice-weekly) thereafter
  • Free at-home LFD test kits are available for you and your primary-school aged children by collection from COVID test centres or pharmacies, or delivery by ordering online. More information can be found at: gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/no-covid-symptoms
  • Free test kits are available to all secondary school children from the school. Please contact the school directly if they have any problems accessing tests
  • Please ensure that all test results, whether positive, negative or void, are recorded on the online portal at: covidtest.scot OR by phoning 119.
  • Arrange vaccination as soon as possible, if you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated. nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell.
  • Adopt additional caution if meeting with friends or family who you know to be at higher levels of risk.
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance, keep your distance, keep rooms ventilated, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

You can find more trusted advice on www.nhsinform.scot.

 

Foyer Families Invitation

Please see below an excellent opportunity from our partners at The Foyer for parents who are looking to upskill and get back into employment and/or training.

We would be grateful if you can please circulate this information across the parent community and social media to generate interest.

Foyer Families Referral Form (1)please note that parents can apply directly by downloading this application form.

 

Further Information

We are recruiting now for Foyer Families and Foyer Families Learning Programmes and would be grateful if you could share the course details with your school community. The course is aimed at any parents of children under 12 years of age, who wish to undertake flexible learning and gain nationally recognised qualifications, whilst balancing family life.

Both Foyer Families courses are 16 weeks duration, delivered via Zoom Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-2.30pm, which allows that flexibility for parents. We will deliver the City & Guilds Extended Level 1 in Employability which includes the following 5 units – Managing Personal Finance, Effective Skills, Qualities & Attitudes for Work, Coping With Change, Developing Personal Confidence, and Contributing to Own Healthy Living.

In addition, participants will gain certificates in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene, Customer Service and Manual Handling. The rest of the course is largely built around self care through participation in Mindfulness sessions, Tai Chi, keep fit, crafts and cooking.

For the under 25’s we are also delivering several sessions on Child Learning & Development covering a range of topics (e.g. Understanding & Managing Emotions & Behaviour, Learning through Play etc).

IT equipment and support is provided for those that need it, as well as funded childcare.

Both courses are suitable for parents who wish to improve self confidence, learn valuable new skills, build relationships and enjoy a meaningful team experience. I have enclosed our updated flyer and referral form, which can be used for both courses.

If you would like to learn more about either course or have any questions about the referral process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to meet with interested parents to talk through the programme and answer any concerns that they may have.

Feel free to share this information to anyone you feel could benefit.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

 

Aimee Mackay

Development Coach

Foyer Families

Aberdeen Foyer

1-3 Kirk Street

Peterhead

AB42 1RT

T: 01779 474820

M: 07918664807

E:aimee.mackay@aberdeenfoyer.com

Parent/Carer update regarding supporting learners in self-isolation

Supporting Learners in self-isolation – home learning

Schools are recommended to support learners starting from their 4th day of absence (providing children are well enough from symptoms to engage with their learning). This support will be different to lockdown support on the basis that class teachers main priority/workload will remain with running their class and so there will be some limitation in respect to the kind of support that can be offered.

At Balmedie School, when children are in isolation, the teaching staff will support what they can for children via Seesaw or Google Classroom (e.g. some identified daily/weekly tasks or sharing of class activities, support advice on reinforcement of activities which could be practised at home during a child’s absence or isolation period).

Below there are also a wide range of additional links that can be referenced to further support home learning and to promote some continued educational engagement and reinforcement/skills practice during your child’s absence from school.

https://www.e-sgoil.com/covid/ – Education Scotland’s additional resource site to support learners in self-isolation.

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/additional-learning-websites/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/primary-1-to-3/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/primary-5-to-7/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/absafe-spot-the-dangers-quizzes/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/literacy-ideas-selection-p3-7/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/maths-ideas/

https://balmediehomelearning.edublogs.org/literacy-family-zone-resource/

Some parts from the lockdown ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ site will also present with further useful ideas and fun activities…

https://sites.google.com/as.glow.scot/balmediewell-beingwednesday/home?authuser=0

Welcome Back – COVID Updates

Welcome back everyone and a Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a wonderful winter break and are now settling back into the school routine again.

Given new Scottish Government changes regarding the latest COVID advice, please scroll below for information updates and reference to NHS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which may assist parents/families. Please note that due to the fluid situation, ongoing advice may change over time and we will seek to provide updates as any further changes or adjustments are implemented in schools.

 

Summary of advice changes which would be useful to know in a school context

The school continues with the usual infection controls and risk mitigations as set out via risk assessment guidelines (updated version – COVID RA Balmedie 7.1.22).

In the event of COVID symptoms being present

  • Where any child exhibits any of the main COVID symptoms in school they will be placed into our isolation area and parents will be contacted to collect their child from school to book a PCR test. In the case of this being the main 3 symptoms (continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and smell) then all siblings should also be collected from school and the family should isolate pending a PCR test.
  • In the case of secondary symptoms e.g. aches, runny nose, headaches etc only the child with these secondary symptoms would require to be collected from school with similar advice to self-isolate and book a PCR test or seek further medical advice.
  • If the PCR tests results are positive then those testing positive would continue to self-isolate (still suggested for 10 days but this can be reduced to 7 providing the individual has no fever and returns a negative LFD/LFT test result on day 6 and day 7 of their isolation period).

In the event of no COVID symptoms (i.e. you are a family member or a close contact of someone with COVID symptoms or who has tested positive with COVID)…

  • If you are over 18 years and 4 months and have not had 3 vaccinations then you need to self-isolate for 10 days
  • If you are over 18 years and 4 months and have had 3 vaccinations or you are under 18 years and 4 months – the alternative to 10 days isolation is that you need to LFD/LFT test daily for 7 days using LFD/LFT test kits. Providing your results remain negative and you do not display any COVID symptoms then you do not require to self-isolate.
  • If someone showing no symptoms tests positive on an LFD/LFT test then they should start self-isolation for 10 days as described already above (and those adults with 3 vaccinations or those under 18 years and 4 months can reduce the self-isolation period to 7 days, providing as above, that on day 6 and day 7 of isolation LFD/LFT test readings are negative and no fever or symptoms are present).

 

Further useful reference to the recent COVID announcements;

NHS Summary of overall changes which started from 6 January

Advice on confirmatory PCR tests where people test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) test (with no COVID symptoms) they are now not advised to get a PCR test to confirm infection but to follow isolation advice as it applies to them as a positive case – there is an exception for people who may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant who are advised to take a PCR test to ensure they can confirm their infection to be potentially eligible for financial support.

 

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are these changes retrospective to people asked to isolate prior to 6 January?
No – anyone asked to isolate before 6 January should continue to follow the advice they were given at the time they were asked to isolate. Anyone still to be spoken to will follow the new advice.

If I am daily testing after being exempt from isolation as a critical worker under
the CNI scheme, what guidance should I follow?
The Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) exemption scheme will close on 6 January and be replaced by the population-wide isolation guidance. However, if  you were daily testing after being asked to isolate before 6 January and exempt from isolation to attend the workplace you should continue to test and follow the CNI guidance until the end of your isolation period.

If I have a positive LFD/LFT test but I have Covid symptoms, should I take a PCR
test?
Yes, people with Covid symptoms should still continue to take a PCR test, regardless
of whether or not they have a positive LFD/LFT. People who test positive on an LFD/LFTbut have no Covid symptoms should treat that as a positive test and follow the isolation guidance that applies to them.

FAQs About Testing

I have symptoms of Covid-19, do I need to book a PCR test or do an LFD test?
PCR and LFD tests work in different ways to identify people who have COVID-19 infection. If you have any symptoms – a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste/smell – you should book a PCR test as soon as a slot is available.

What are LFD/LFT tests for?
You should use an LFD/LFT test twice a week and prior to travelling and socialising with non-household members and vulnerable individuals.

LFDs/LFTs can be used to end isolation early a positive case if you return two consecutive negative LFD/LFT tests taken at least 24 hours apart with the first test no earlier than day 6 and provided you have no fever.

They can also provide a safe alternative to isolation if you are a contact who has received your booster vaccination, or you are aged under 18 years and 4 months. You will no longer have to isolate, but can instead use daily LFDs for 7 days to keep checking for any infection that may be incubating.

If I have symptoms, does my household need to isolate whilst I wait my PCR
results?
Some of your household may need to isolate. If they are not fully vaccinated, they will need to isolate.

If they are a fully vaccinated adult or under 18 years and 4 months, they do not need to isolate as long as they continue to return daily negative LFDs until the test result is received and follow appropriate guidance thereafter.

My PCR was positive, what should members of my household do?
All household members who have symptoms should isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

Fully vaccinated household members (three doses with a final dose at least 14 days ago) and household members aged under 18 years and 4 months may take 7 daily LFD tests as an alternative to isolation so long as they do not have symptoms and they test negative each day;

Anyone aged over 18 years 4 months who has less than three vaccine doses should book a PCR test and, even if negative, isolate for 10 days.

I have a continuous cough but can’t get a PCR slot – what do I do?
You may have to wait a little longer than you normally would, given the demand. You should keep trying as new slots become available on the booking portal throughout the day. We’ve prioritised essential workers for onsite appointments, as well as those at highest risk and those eligible for new  treatments. You should continue to self-isolate until you receive your PCR test result.

How long will it be before I get my PCR test results?
Test results are usually returned within 24 to 48 hours, however during times of high demand turnaround times are generally within 72 hours.

I have tested positive on a LFD/LFT test but have no symptoms, do I need a follow
up PCR?
Given the current high incidence and prevalence rates, there is no longer arequirement to book a PCR test to confirm the LFD/LFT positive result.

You should only book a confirmatory PCR if the individual, parent/guardian or carer is planning on applying for the Self-Isolation Support Grant. Eligibility for the grant is that a person earns less than the real living wage, is asked by Test and Protect to isolate and will lose income as a result of isolating.

Where can I get LFD/LFT tests?
LFD tests can be collected at a local pharmacy, collection point, regional and local test sites and can also be ordered online for home delivery.

To find out where please visit this link – Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)

Do I have to report my LFD/LFT positive result?
Yes, it is crucial you report your test result online as soon as possible, positive or negative. This enables us to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in the country and, for those with positive results, so the correct advice can be given to you and those you’ve been in close contact with, to prevent onward spread of coronavirus. This only takes a few minutes to do and you can report tests for the current day and the previous day.

I’ve heard LFDs aren’t as reliable as PCRs and you sometimes get false
positives – how effective actually are LFDs?
LFD tests have shown themselves to be a very effective and reliable public health tool in stopping spread of the virus. LFDs have estimated specificity of at least 99.97%, meaning that fewer than 3 in every 10,000 tests will result in a false positive result.

My child is under 5 years old, do they need to do a test if they’re identified as a
close contact?
Under 5 year olds are encouraged but not required to take a test.

I’ve been identified as a close contact, but I’ve had a positive PCR in the last
90 days, should I test?
If you have tested positive on a PCR test within the last 90 days you should take an LFD instead of a PCR test.

FAQs About Self-Isolation
I’m on day 5 of isolation as an index case and I have returned a negative LFD. If I take another on day 6 can I leave isolation early, as long as they’re 24 hours apart?
No, you will only be eligible to end isolation early if your LFD tests are taken from or after day 6, taken 24 hours apart, are negative and provided you do not have a fever.

What does fully vaccinated mean now for the purposes of self-isolation
policy?
Fully vaccinated now means an individual having received both primary doses and a booster dose of an MHRA approved vaccine, plus 14 days for protection to build. You need to have been fully vaccinated by the time the contact occurred, e.g. if the case is in your house you need to have been
boosted 14 days before their onset of symptoms.

Why are 2 doses now not enough to be eligible to end isolation early as a
close contacts?
Whilst 2 doses of the vaccination do provide some level of protection in relation to Omicron, we know that the booster programme offers much higher level of protection than 2 doses of the vaccine. More than 90% of COVID cases in Scotland are now confirmed as Omicron. Given ongoing transmission risk and the need to dampen transmission, 3 doses of the vaccination for individuals is essential to achieving this. Two doses is no longer enough.

Are there different rules for household close contacts and non-household
close contacts?
No, following the policy change, we do not differentiate between household and non-household close contacts.

I have just finished a period of self-isolation as a non-vaccinated close contact
– what happens if I’m identified as a close contact again?
You may be asked by Test and Protect to self-isolate and book a test again if you are identified again as a close contact of another person who is a confirmed case.

It is possible that people will have to self-isolate more than once – perhaps multiple times – if they are identified as a close contact of separate cases on several different occasions.

The best way to reduce the likelihood of being asked to self-isolate is to get your third dose of the vaccine.

I need support whilst I’m self-isolating – what is available?
Workers who earn less than the real living wage and have been asked to isolate by Test and Protect may be eligible for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Practical support such as food or essential medicine deliveries are available through the local self-isolation assistance service, and the national Coronavirus helpline – available at 0800 111 4000, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm – to ensure people required to self-isolate have the support they need.

Is there a limit on how many times I can apply for the Self-Isolation Support
Grant?
No. Individuals can claim more than once as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for each individual claim. However, a claim cannot be made more than once for the same period if periods of self-isolation overlap. The initial 10 day self-isolation period must be completed first, before a new claim can be made.

Any continuous period of more than 10 days will only enable one SelfIsolation Grant. Provision outside that may lie with other social security benefits.

I meet the criteria to end isolation early, is there anything else I should be
doing as a precaution?
You should avoid all non-essential contact with people outside your household, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, limiting contact with anyone who is at highest risk including not visiting people in care homes or hospitals (unless essential and agreed with care home or hospital staff in
advance) until 10 days after contact with a positive case.

You should continue to take part in twice weekly LFD testing for the general population (beyond any required LFD tests in what would have been your isolation period).

Are there any exemptions to self-isolation close contacts policy?
There are no exemptions for unvaccinated close contacts, all of these individuals will need to self-isolate for 10 days. However, those who are medically unable to be vaccinated or participating in vaccine trials are eligible for the contact self-isolation exemption in line with the fully vaccinated
population.

Why do you specify 18 years and 4 months as the cut-off point before being
viewed as an adult?
As the majority of under 18s are not currently offered a booster setting this age range at 18 years and 4 months ensures that people turning 18 have sufficient time to get their booster once they are eligible.

FAQs About Critical National Infrastructure exemption

Previously, I was allowed to return to work as a close contact due to the
critical national infrastructure self-isolation exemption – does this still apply?
The CNI exemption scheme has now closed as the wider population changes introduced effectively replicate the exemption enabled by the CNI scheme.

During its time of operation, the scheme was vital in ensuring that specific critical national industries were able to operate with the requirements around testing and risk ensuring this was balanced with the health and clinical risks to individuals in the workforce.

Frequently Asked Questions Around COVID Data/Evidence

Why are the Scottish Government making these changes?
We have been considering the current trends in infection and progress with the booster programme carefully, alongside clinical experts. These changes have been made, cautiously, given the high percentage of population protection against COVID-19 due to the booster programme and the evidence
showing strong reliability of LFD tests at detecting any level of COVID-19 infection and at detecting those most infectious.

With record high cases numbers, isn’t this policy change a risk? What
evidence is there behind this?
The UK Health Security Agency’s modelling suggests that a 7-day selfisolation period, when combined with 2 consecutive negative LFD tests starting on day 6 and taken 24 hours apart, has nearly the same impact on risk of an infectious individual being released from isolation as a 10-day self-isolation period without LFD testing.

Risk is further mitigated by the need for the individual to have no fever before they end isolation.

Further NHS Inform points of reference (source of advice) – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday – stay safe and look forward to seeing you all back on Thursday 6th January, 2022!

 

Please click below for a holiday message from Paul McKeown – shared from today’s online end of term assembly.

 

END OF TERM HEAD TEACHER AWARD

Congratulations to the nominated children below for achieving  this term’s award;

1E Keir Simpson
1F Elena Omigie
1S/R Easton McIntyre
2D Petra Asuelimen
2M Lucy Duff
3H April Fordyce
3M Miebi Egbuson
4/3C Thomas McBain
4M/D Lewis Clements
5D Stevie McKessick
5M Aaron Burnett
6C Harry Chalmers
6M Rachel Gove
7H Ria Lonie
7K Abbie Morgan

 

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE AWARD – ELLON ACADEMY PUPIL SENATE 2021

Charlotte W P7H, Ciaran W P7H, Millar Mc P7K, Alex R P7K

 

TERM 2 HOUSE WINNERS – END OF TERM POINTS TALLY

2500 – Pettens (Green)

2303 – Egie (Blue)

2226 – Millden (Red)

2056 – Keir (Yellow)

 

Update COVID-19 Letter from Laurence Findlay Director of Education & Children’s Services (also shared via Groupcall/Xpressions)

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211221

 

Further Mental Health Support for Young People (signpost for Parent/Carers)

For some children and young people it can be a particularly challenging time. With this in mind, please find attached information from Kooth Digital Mental Health Service about what is on during December to support children and young people (10-18 years old), including mental wellbeing support through dedicated Chat sessions. 

Kooth_Holiday_chat_availability___A3 – chat dates and availability times over holiday period

Digital_campaign_WhatsOnDec_A4  – discussion forums/themes over the month

Family Foodbox Invitation Dec 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

We appreciate that although this is regarded as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ that a growing number of families or people may be facing real hardships. During this period, it can be a very challenging time (particularly in the ongoing COVID restrictions we are all living through and the impact this may be having on families).

The Rapid Relief Team charity have donated to the school 30 family food boxes which the school wishes to offer to our families/school community.

A typical box contains the following items;

Fruit (415g)
Sweet Corn (340g)
Peas (300g)
Tomatoes (400g)
Rice (1kg) x 1 pack
Pasta (500g) x 1 pack
Weetabix (pk 12) x 1 pack
Stewed Steak 400g
Tinned Finest Gammon 325g
Mince Pies – 6 pack
Custard – Ready to Eat 500g
Baked Beans 400g
Cup-a-soup 4 pack
Cheese Sauce
Chocolate Bar
Cereal Bars
UHT Milk (1 litre)
Coffee
Tea Bags (pk 40)
Sugar (500g)
Bottled Water (330ml)

If there are any families who feel this offer may be of direct benefit to them (or someone associated to our local community) then please follow the link (in confidence) to register your interest by Monday lunchtime.
The school will then confirm by a groupcall or phonecall to make contact for you to collect/pick up your box from school on Tuesday before the close of day/end of term.

Please note that due to the limited numbers, this will be on a first come first served basis. If any boxes remain in the school then they will be donated to local charities (e.g. local foodbank).

Please register your interest via the link below;

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=BpPZ_i1NCUSVndDttzBKC-A-ntbI0BpIiuP1Lx7r_2tUQ0lYTEM4WEM0RU9LRFVCUjJSME9NNFUyUy4u

Our extreme thanks to Chris Doughty and his RRT colleagues for this wonderful gesture of support.

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