April 2021

Published: 01 April 2021

Staffing

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Parents/Carers Information

SQA

Please read our Alternative Certification Model (ACM) for the S4/5/6 assessment diet during the month of May. All S4/5/6 have been issued with a copy of their assessment timetable and were given allocated time on Monday/Tuesday afternoon to put this in to their own assessment calendars.  We would be really grateful for the support of parents/carers in checking they have completed this, supporting study time over Easter and also going over the ACM.  Thank you.

School Improvement Planning

We have sent an email to all parents/carers yesterday asking for your support in helping us identify the aspects we are doing well at Knox Academy and asking for the areas you think we can do better in or need to focus on next session. By us all working together we aim to ensure we support all of our young people to achieve their potential. 

Thank you to the parents/carers who have already responded, and I do hope you will all manage to complete our questionnaire (it takes about 5-10 minutes to complete). The more responses we have will ensure us that we have a true representation of our school community’s views and what you believe are the important aspects we need to focus on to improve our school and community.  Your views are very much valued.

Pupils and staff are also being asked for their improvement ideas. Once we have feedback from all groups we will look at these collectively and extract the main themes to focus on to help us on our journey to excellence. I will also report back to you about the findings from all groups and our plans for next session.

Leavers’ Information

The official leaving date will be Friday 4 June for all pupils in S6 and any pupils who wish to leave school in S5 and S4 (and who are 16 prior to 30 September).  The office team has sent out a Google Form to all S4-S6 pupils, via their EduBuzz emails, and this form should be completed by today at very latest. If your young person is leaving school it is vital we support them in to a positive destination (University, College, Employment or Training) so we can know they have a bright future ahead.

LFD Test Kits

Many of our young people from S1-S6 have now volunteered to be part of the testing programme and have been issued with two LFD testing kits prior to the Easter break at school.  If a pupil has a kit they should test the day before or the morning of 20 April so they know the result prior to their return to school. If a pupil tests positive using the LFD test kit, they and their family should self-isolate and all in the household should book a PCR test through the NHS. If you wish your young person to receive a test kit on return to school after the holidays please complete the e-consent form. Pupils over 16 can consent themselves but parents/carers must consent for those under 16 (before any testing kits can be handed out to this age group). A reminder that these LFD tests are only for use by pupils and cannot be used by anyone else other than those whom they are registered for. Please can you remind all young people to log their results each time they complete a test. Thank you.

Roll out of future LFD test kits - Every week in the new term there will be three identified times in the week pupils can collect a new kit if they require one. We will ensure that all pupils know when these collection times are so they can do this.  They do not require another consent form for subsequent kits.

A reminder that these LFD tests are only for use by pupils and cannot be used by anyone else other than those whom they are registered for. Please can you remind all young people to log their results each time they complete a test. Thank you.

Although participation is voluntary it is recommended as it is helps support our safe return to school and keeps our families/community safe too.

COVID-19

Positive Cases: During the Easter break please use the covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921 as the school will be closed. Thank you.

Please note: Once we do return after Easter please do not send them if they, or anyone in your household has tested positive or has Covid-19 symptoms.  Please self-isolate and book a test.

NHS Lothian have also issued guidance about COVID-19 and keeping everyone safe over the Easter break.

Support during the holidays

We appreciate that the holidays can be a difficult time for some people.  If you feel you, your young person or someone you know needs support there are organisations who can help.  Please see some of the numbers below.

 East Lothian Social Work – 01875 824 309 or 0800 731 6969.

 Samaritans:  116 123

 Papyrus (Mental Health Support for young people in a crisis) 0800 068 41 41

 National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 

 Childline 0800 1111

(Mr Illingworth, DHT)

Dates for you diary:

Friday 2 April – Monday 19 April 2021 (inclusive) – Easter Break

Monday 3 May – Bank Holiday

Monday 24 May – Pupils’ holiday (staff in-service)

Two further days to support staff with SQA duties have still to be confirmed and I hope to let you know these dates ASAP to allow you to plan for these.

Have a lovely Easter and hopefully we can all enjoy some Spring sunshine and come back feeling refreshed and revitalised for the term ahead.

Sue Cook

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