COVID-19

Return to Full-Time Education in Strathaven Academy (Update 31-03-2021)

I am pleased to attach our updated return to school guide for after the Easter holiday.  It contains important information for families and we hope that this provides some reassurance ahead of the much needed break. The key changes relate to face coverings and lateral flow device (LFD) testing.

We are aware that some young people continue to feel anxious and it is important for all members of our school community to find time to relax, catch up with family and friends, and focus on their wellbeing.  The past year has been an extremely challenging time for us all and I hope that we have happier times to look forward to in the near future.

Mr Fleming will issue important information in relation to SQA and our planned Senior Phase Assessment Programme for the summer term.  This includes details of an online SQA Information Evening for parents/carers on Wednesday, 21 April.  He will also share our revised timings for reporting given the changes introduced by SQA and the need for both remote and blended learning this year.

Our young people have been magnificent over the last 12 months and we will continue do everything we can to support each and every one of them moving forward.  My thanks goes to all of our incredible staff, to parents/carers, partners and friends of Strathaven Academy for your ongoing support.  I hope you all have a lovely Easter break.

Take care and stay safe.

K Boyd

Head Teacher

Return to School Guide April 2021 Version 1 28-03-2021

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 30-03-2021

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2021-03-30 Strathaven Academy General parental letter

 

S1-S3 COVID-19 Self Testing programme (24/03/2021)

The two videos below provide information on the self-testing programme that S1-S3 are invited to participate in after the Easter holidays. Consent forms are currently being given out by the school office.

 

 

Updated Health & Safety Documentation (20-04-2021)

Ed Res_Cov19_Reducing the Risk in Schools_SSOW V6_STRATHAVEN 12-03-21

Ed Res_Cov19_Reducing the Risk in Schools_General RA 4_STRATHAVEN 12-03-21

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Addendum – April 2021

 

Phase 2 of the return to in-person learning (Update 09-03-2021)

Please see the information  below detailing our plans for the Phase 2 return to school beginning from Monday 15th March.

Letter to parents & carers 09-03-21 (1)

Blended Learning Guide March 2021 V1 Final

A video presentation will be shared later in the week to go over the information contained in our Blended Learning Guide.

 

Return of Senior Phase pupils for practical subjects- Timetable Week beginning 08-03-2021

Practical Subjects WB 8 March

 

Return of Senior Phase pupils for practical subjects

Please see the important information below about the return of senior phase pupils for practical subjects.

Letter to parents & carers 18-02-21

Return of pupils for practical subjects

 

Covid-19 testing for Senior Phase pupils

S4-S6 Testing Feb 2021

LFD Expansion Privacy Notice – FINAL

Parent Letter Snr Pupils 16-02-21

Ed Res_Cov19_Safe use of At Home LFT_General RA 1_STRATHAVEN 19-02-21

Information Update: 16 February 2021

The First Minister confirmed this afternoon that some learners in the Senior Phase (S4/5/6) can return to the school building from Monday 22 February to undertake learning which cannot be facilitated remotely.  We will share more detailed information later this week on the return of Senior Phase pupils for practical subjects.  Teachers will post information in Google Classrooms to ensure pupils know which session/s they should attend in school.

In addition, we will share information on rapid Covid-19 testing for Senior Phase pupils who are returning to the school building.  Key information will be shared in year group Google Classrooms and via our online platforms.  Pupils should only return to the school building from W/C 22 February when they have been instructed to do so.

Please continue to look out for important updates this week.

Senior Leadership Team

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 18-12-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2020-12-18 Strathaven Academy General Letter

COVID-19 Reminder – Who needs to self-isolate?

Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test via www.nhsinform.scot or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.

People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away until the test result arrives.

More information can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect/pages/who-needs-to-self-isolate/.

Take care and stay safe.

Senior Leadership Team

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 11-12-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2020-12-11 Strathaven Academy general parental letter (1)

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 29-11-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2020-11-29 Strathaven Academy Parental Letter

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 25-11-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2020-11-25 Strathaven Academy general parental letter

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 16-11-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

2020-11-16 Strathaven HS general parental letter

 

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

Strathaven Academy works closely with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to support our young people move into employment, training, apprenticeships and Further/Higher Education. In the current economic climate, many of our families also face unstable employment opportunities, and this includes being made redundant. SDS has compiled the information below that might be useful to anyone facing economic uncertainty at this time.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

 

Face Coverings Update 30-10-2020

Following on from the announcement this afternoon, all staff and pupils should wear a face covering in classrooms during lessons in the senior phase (S4, S5 and S6 pupils) from Monday 2nd November.

 

Covid-19 Update 23-10-2020

A huge thank you to pupils, parents/carers and staff for your continued support in implementing measures to minimise the risk of Covid-19 in school and across our community.

Our young people have been fantastic in school and have taken personal responsibility for control measures such as wearing face coverings and using hand sanitiser.  We recognise there is always more that can be done and will continue to remind young people of their responsibilities within and out with school.

 

Test and Protect process

Please find a link to a presentation on the current Test and Protect process that has been to delivered to all pupils during PSE this week.  Young people asked that we share this information with them so they understand why decisions are made by Public Health concerning confirmed Covid-19 cases.  We hope that this information helps to inform all members of our school community and prevent the spread of the virus.  Some points from the presentation are highlighted below, however we encourage all parents/carers to read the full presentation.

Test and Protect process presentation (pupil) 

Test

If a pupil or anyone they live with develop symptoms it is important that they self-isolate at home straight away until the test results are received.

Parents/carers must phone the school to tell office staff that a pupil or someone in your household is being tested.

Following a negative test result, parents/carers must let the school know that the test was negative before pupils return to school.

Following a positive test result, parents/carers must contact the school as soon as possible and talk to a member of office staff.

Trace

Everyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be put in touch with a NHS contact tracer to help identify who they’ve been in close contact with.

Isolate

Self-isolation means you should remain at home and should not go to work, school, public areas or use public transport.  You should not go out to buy food or other essentials. You must stay at home.

Support

If a pupil has been told to isolate, and is feeling well enough, they should be doing school work at home.

Miss McGinlay or Mrs Wellcoat will keep in contact with pupils and parents/carers via email or phone during the period of isolation.

Parents/carers should not contact the school to ask for pupil work to be organised.  Pupils can contact their class teachers via Google Classroom/email.

Take care and stay safe.

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 02-10-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

Strathaven Academy 20201002 parental letter

 

Questions & Answers- Mr Boyd

Please see the information below containing answers from Mr Boyd in response to questions raised by the Parent Council. We hope that you find this information useful however please remember that the situation remains fluid and that guidance is being updated on a frequent basis which impacts on our practice in school.

Responses to Questions raised by the Parent Council Sept 2020 (23-09-2020)

 

Learning from Home

Please find information to support learners with home learning during self-isolation.

Learning From Home Parent-Carer Guide v3

Learning From Home Pupil Guide v3

How to contact your teacher

howtogoogleclass

 

Public Health Scotland Letter 17-09-2020

Please read an important letter relating to Strathaven Academy from Public Health Scotland.

Strathaven Academy parent letter 17 Sept. JP

 

Face Coverings Update 28-08-2020

2020-08-28-Face Coverings Update – Secondary Schools

Face coverings

August 2020

The following  documentation contains important information about the reopening of Strathaven Academy.

 

Return to School Guide August 2020 Version 1 10-08-2020

Pupil Return to School Presentation

Pupil Checklist August 2020

Movement Around the School – 17 August 2020