Corona Virus (Covid-19) Updates

Letter for Parents/Carers 24/06/2020 – From Fiona Robertson:

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RESPONSE TO DEPUTE FIRST MINISTER’S STATEMENT – TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2020

You may be aware that John Swinney, the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school on 12 August. The Depute First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools 12 August, if it is safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and dependent upon scientific and health advice. Clearly, our schools are delighted at the prospect of welcoming all of our pupils back to school in August with the knowledge that it is safe to do so.

Midlothian Council’s local delivery plans to deliver a blended learning model will remain in place as a contingency and essential preparation in case they are needed. We would like to assure you that all Midlothian schools have a robust blended learning plan ready to be implemented should that be the requirement.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on a full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can.   We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10 August 2020 and pupils will return on the 12 August 2020.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child/children. As this change has to be achieved safely, it inevitably remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice, therefore we are committed to continuing to share information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Joanna Findlay

Head Teacher

Woodburn Primary School

5 Cousland Road

Dalkeith

EH22 2PS

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12th June Letter to Parents and Carers from Fiona Robertson.

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Dear Parent/Carer

Please find attached an update from Midlothian Council regarding planning for August. Following this guidance being released, we are now working on specific arrangements for Woodburn and will share this as soon as we are able to.

MidlothianPromise Websites

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.

Kind regards

Joanna Findlay

P7 into S1 Transition

As a reminder, all our transition information is available on our school website at http://dalkeith.mgfl.net/p7-induction-information/

Our first event will be a Virtual Information Event for parents and pupils which will be launched on our website on Tuesday 9th June. Our second event will be our 2 day Virtual Induction Visit. This will be on Wednesday 10th June and Thursday 11th June. Each day will give pupils the opportunity to find out about the subjects that they will be studying in S1 and complete tasks for each of these subjects.

We look forward to meeting with you all in August and will share information with you about this as soon as possible.

 

Dalkeith High School

Support for Families of Children with Additional Needs in in Midlothian:

Parent Booklet ASN April 2020 PDF

Midlothian Council P7 to S1 Transition Statement

Our secondary and primary schools have been working on P7/S1 transition throughout the 2019/2020 session. However, with the ongoing Covid-19 situation all schools are working to adapt plans to best meet the needs of our young people and families.

The central principle that our schools are working from is that all transition activities must comply with public health advice to ensure all young people, staff and parents/carers are safe.

Midlothian Council recognises that schools are different however, the following outcomes for P7 Pupils and Parents serve as a consistent ‘Midlothian Guarantee’ for all of our P7/S1 Transition programmes.   All schools are working towards delivering the following outcomes

  • All primary schools will plan a P7 Leavers Event that will take place, subject to public health advice (notionally at some point between June and September)
  • All secondary schools will create staged intervention programme(s) for ‘vulnerable’ students, sometimes known as Enhanced Transition;   this could include ‘virtual/remote’’ and ‘in person’ experiences
  • All secondary schools will create the equivalent of a 2 day virtual transition programme for P7 students, complying with agreed dates of 10/06/20 and 11/06/20, focussed on Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing
  • All secondary schools will identify a clear and shared two-way communication strategy to address parental questions/concerns, e.g, an easily accessible section on their websites, virtual Information Evening, dedicated transition email address etc.
  • All secondary schools will update P7 parents/carers on school specific plans for transition, on Wednesday 20th May
  • All secondary schools will undertake wellbeing calls/emails to parents/carers of P7 pupils in June
  • All secondary schools will share a ‘3D virtual tour’ of their school on their websites
  • All secondary schools will make clear their dress code expectations and engage with suppliers to facilitate purchase and distribution (likely to be an online process) including support for those families who are experiencing financial challenge
  • Secondary schools will adapt their transition practices from August to place increased emphasis to ensure P7s are welcomed and Covid-19 related wellbeing issues are identified and supported through a range of appropriate interventions, e.g., this may include ‘buddying’ systems, key support staff on hand to offer support and guidance and regular communication with families.

Transitions for pupils with Complex Needs will follow a similar format to that outlined above. In addition to this pupils accessing any of the Midlothian Complex Needs Provision will have a bespoke individualised program tailored to each pupil’s specific needs. This will include continued direct contact between the Principal Teacher and families throughout the summer term.

 

Additional Sources of further information and support

Free school meals and clothing grants

Transitioning to secondary school

https://mideps.edublogs.org

Midlothian Council Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) to P1 Transition Statement

Our ELC settings and primary schools (Associated School Group, ASG) have been working on ELC – P1 transition throughout the 2019/2020 session. However, with the ongoing Covid-19 situation all ASG ELC settings and schools should adapt plans to best meet our families’ needs.

The central principle that our schools are working from is that all transition activities must comply with public health advice to ensure all young people, staff and parents/carers are safe.

Midlothian Council recognises that schools are different however, the following outcomes for ELC pupils and parents serve as a consistent ‘Midlothian Guarantee’ for all of our ELC/P1 Transition programmes.   All schools are working towards delivering the following outcomes

Outcomes

  • All primary schools will plan an ELC transition programme that will take place, potentially over a timeframe (May- Aug) subject to public health advice.
  • All primary schools will create staged intervention programme(s) for ‘vulnerable’ pupils, sometimes known as Enhanced Transition;   this could include ‘virtual/remote’’ and ‘in person’ experiences
  • All schools will update ELC parents/carers on plans for transition, reflecting good practice transition guidance
  • All primary schools will identify a clear and shared two-way communication strategy to address parental questions/concerns, e.g, an easily accessible section on their websites, virtual Information Evening, dedicated transition email address etc.
  • All primary schools will update ELC parents/carers on school specific plans for transition, on Wednesday 20th May
  • All primary schools will undertake wellbeing calls/emails to parents/carers of ELC pupils in June
  • All primary schools will share a ‘3D virtual tour’ of their school on their websites
  • All primary schools will make clear their dress code expectations and engage with suppliers to facilitate purchase and distribution (likely to be an online process) including support for those families who are experiencing financial challenge
  • All primary schools will adapt their transition practices from August to place increased emphasis to ensure new P1 pupils are welcomed and Covid-19 related wellbeing issues are identified and supported through a range of appropriate interventions, e.g., this may include ‘buddying’ systems, key support staff on hand to offer support and guidance and regular communication with families.

Transitions for pupils with Complex Needs will follow a similar format to that outlined above. In addition to this pupils accessing any of the Midlothian Complex Needs Provision will have a bespoke individualised programme tailored to each pupil’s specific needs. This will include direct contact between the Principal Teacher of the Complex Needs Provision and families throughout the summer term.

Additional Sources of further information and support

Free school meals and clothing grants

https://mideps.edublogs.org

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone

 

Woodburn PS and Woodburn Hub Update 04th May 2020

I can’t believe that schools closed 6 weeks ago. I am aware that there has been lots of information coming from school and as we all get used to a new way of working and living I wanted to provide a more personal update on what is happening for Woodburn Primary School and Woodburn Hub.

The Woodburn Hub

The Woodburn Hub now supports approximately 80 children of Key Worker families. There is additional wrap around support to ensure parents/carers can manage shift patterns more easily. Staffed by, DHS feeder primaries and St David’s teaching and support staff, the Hub remained open during the Easter Break.

Key Workers continue to feedback how grateful they are for this support.

Now we have more regular attendees, we have settled well into a pattern and I am constantly amazed at how resilient the children are during what must be a very unsettling and worrying time. Staff in the Hubs are working incredibly hard to ensure that these children are supported emotionally, in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

Some of our children, along with those from the other primaries, are dropping in to Woodburn for short nurture sessions with Mr Borthwick, Mrs Ormiston and Mrs Kelly.

Online Learning

For our families at home, I know how challenging this time is for you. As we have moved on with on-line learning, there are a few bits of information to share.

Woodburn PS families and our teachers are managing lockdown restrictions along with a variety of other circumstances further impacting on family life. I acknowledge how challenging this is and ask that we are all mindful of each other’s situations.

Home learning tasks should be fitted in when best suits families. Equally, teachers will plan and provide feedback in a way that suits their family life.

When a teacher is working in the Hub on a particular day we have agreed that they will notify you of this. Feedback may be provided by other stage teachers and Learning Assistants linked to your child’s class.

Following some parents/carers contacting us about the scheduling of home learning tasks, from the 11th May these will ‘go live’ at 7am. This will give a little bit of time for you to see what lies ahead enabling you to plan the day more easily.

As we may not return to ‘normal’ school life for a time to come I do ask that all families engage with on-line learning if they can. Although there have been some requests for ‘paper’ packs, this is not sustainable and staff are not in school to arrange this.

Mrs Nadine Cosgrove is supporting families on a Tuesday and Wednesday for the next little while to help get everyone up and running with on-line learning. She is based in the Woodburn Hub for these two days and is phoning families offering support including resending codes/passwords and helping with more practical IT advice. She is also happy to make a safe, socially distanced doorstep visit. This is a learning curve for us all! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are having difficulties, we are more than happy to help.

Teaching staff are planning in a way that consolidates previous learning and moves the children on. As such, their feedback may be structured in a formative, critical way. Our children are used to this language of learning so please embrace it!

Friday 8th May 2020 – VE Day Local Holiday

Please note, although the Woodburn Hub remains open, Friday 8th May is a holiday for the majority of staff and pupils. All classes have been allocated an opt-in learning task but staff will not be providing feedback to pupils on this day.

Staffing Update

Mrs Jen Faulds who joined our team as an Acting Depute Head Teacher in August 2019 has now started her maternity leave. Mrs Faulds has been working hard from home for the past few weeks and has been able to carry out a ‘virtual’ handover to Mrs Elspeth McNeil who returns from her maternity leave this week. We wish Mrs Faulds well and thank her for the hard work and commitment to Woodburn’s children and families. Her baby is due in the middle of May and we will keep you updated!

Some Good News to Share

Mrs Sarah Thomson welcomed baby Zoe on Tuesday 21st April, congratulations to the Thomson family!

Signposts to Parent/Carer Supports

Staff are keeping linked with each other through regular ‘virtual’ meetings. This ensures consistency of approaches to Learning & Teaching and Wellbeing. Families requiring support are highlighted and strategies agreed to help where we can.

At the end of this letter there are some additional signposts to the support available for parents/carers. Mrs Susan Welsh (DHT), Mrs Elspeth McNeil (DHT) and myself are all available, please find the Woodburn Support Leaflet attached again for your information.

Finally, I have to express how proud I am of our Woodburn staff, children and families as we find our way through this constantly changing situation. Please know that I am thinking about you all and hoping everyone is well.

Take care and stay safe

Joanna Findlay

Head Teacher

Woodburn PS

 

@ParentClubScotland

 

Parent Club Scotland (www.parentclub.scot)

 

This site has been updated with advice for parents and carers around coronavirus. This includes critical childcare for keyworkers and vulnerable children and the ELC expansion, as well as information on a range of topics from health and wellbeing to home learning and tips for working from home. It is updated regularly to reflect the latest public health advice.

 

Young Scot has a dedicated campaign site:

 

‘Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community’

https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

 

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland site has some information about children’s rights in a time of crisis and a number of helpful links to resources

 

https://www.cypcs.org.uk/news/in-the-news/getting-human-rights-advice-in-scary-times-the-coronavirus

 

In particular CYPCS recommend the #Covibook for children under 7 which can be downloaded here

 

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables  /

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf

 

Childline have a dedicated Cornoavirus page which covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you are worried and how to cope if you are staying at home

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

 

Transitions  

Transitions

As part of Education Service planning we are working hard to ensure the best possible transition opportunities for all children starting early learning and childcare settings, P1, S1 and leaving school. The newly formed strategic group will be providing further information on transitions moving forward.

As we are sure you will be aware, usual arrangements are not currently possible during this challenging time. We have provided the following update for your information.

Home to an Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) setting

Parents and carers who are getting ready to transition their child from home to one of our early learning and childcare settings should be reassured that this will remain a carefully planned transition putting the child and family’s needs first.  All our early years’ transitions are planned in consultation with the family.

When our current situation allows, where and if possible, home visits and planned settling in visits will take place as normal. If the current situation continues, we are looking at different ways of supporting transitions until such times as normal transition can be resumed.

Due to Covid19 the statutory duty to provide 1140 hours from August has been revoked and a decision made to re-phase the expansion programme. There is a commitment from the government that expansion will still be delivered in full, just to a different timetable than originally envisaged. This will mean we need to revisit our availability of places in each locality for August.

We are currently working on availability and letters will be sent out at the beginning of May to ask about preferences for settings and hours. Information will be coordinated centrally and then when places are allocated the ELC settings will send out further information at the beginning of June.

Should you have any specific concerns please contact us using the mailbox: childcare@midlothian.gov.uk and include home to ELC transition in the subject box.

Early Learning and Childcare to P1

Starting school is an exciting time. Although there may be uncertainty around what moving to P1 will look like we want to reassure you that staff are working hard behind the scenes to think about and plan this important time for children.

As soon as plans are finalised your child’s ELC setting and school will be working together with you to put these plans into action.

Our staff teams across ELC and Primary 1 are working together to make sure that P1 is ready to meet the needs of all children given these highly unusual circumstances.

Should you have any specific concerns please contact us using the education.services@midlothian.gov.uk mailbox and include ELC to P1 transition in the subject box.

Placing Requests

If you have any questions about placing requests you should contact Pupil Placement mailbox – pupil.placement@midlothian.gov.uk

P7 to S1

Our secondary and primary schools have been working on primary to secondary transition work over an extended period of time. However, with the ongoing situation we will adapt our plans to best meet our families’ needs. Each secondary will communicate these plans with their cluster primary schools and families.

Throughout these challenging times we continue to develop opportunities which will support P7 learners’ transition to Secondary School, these may include ‘virtual tours’, question and answer sessions, and regular updates.

Secondary schools will also have many support policies in place to ensure P7s are welcomed. This may include ‘buddying’ systems, key support staff on hand to offer support and guidance and regular communication with families.

School Leavers

In Midlothian we pride ourselves on the high level of support we offer our school leavers. This support continues throughout this challenging time to ensure our learners reach a positive destination.

The Secondary Pupil Support teams are continuing to work with a range of partners including Skills Development Scotland, Community Learning and Development and further/higher educational establishments to ensure our young people are not disadvantaged throughout this time.

If any parent or family have any questions related to this, we encourage you to contact your link secondary school Pupil Support Team.

Alternatively please contact us using education.services@midlothian.gov mailbox and include P7-S1 transition or Secondary Leaver in the subject box.

Saltersgate and Complex Needs

 

Saltersgate School and the individual complex needs provisions will be in contact with all new families over the summer term to look at transitions arrangements.

The transition work will be a combination of approaches like virtual tours/ walk throughs to help support the needs of all children and young people with ASN. These may not be face to face for some pupils, however the specialist staff will ensure that specific parental requests like social stories are considered as part of this process if appropriate.

If you have any questions related to this please contact education.services@midlothian.gov.uk

 

Parent/Carer Information – Woodburn Primary School

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Friday 17th April 2020:

COVID-19 Information for Midlothian Parents and Carers – Letter from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director Children, young people and Partnerships. Please click on link below:

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Emergency Provisions 10th April 2020

Money

Scottish Welfare Fund for Scottish Welfare fund Crisis or Welfare Grant 0131 270 5600 or online https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/downloads/download/18/the_scottish_welfare_fund_application_forms

The Scottish Welfare Fund offer two types of grant:

• Crisis Grants & Community Care Grant – Advice available from Telephone: 0131 271 3201 or Email revenues.enquiries@midlothian.gov.uk

Universal Credit – New applicants can get an immediate advance on their benefits

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/get-an-advance-first-payment

Fuel

Fuel – Information and hardship advice

Coronavirus – if you can’t afford to top up because you’re using more energy:

  • Tell your supplier if you can’t afford to pay for any extra energy you’re using because you’re having to stay at home.
  • You’ll find your supplier’s contact details on their website or on your bill.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/grants-and-benefits-to-help-you-pay-your-energy-bills-s/

Money Matters provide grants to pay off energy debts or for essential top-ups, call 0141 445 5221 or email energyteam@moneymattersweb.co.uk to find out more. More details and a referral form can also be found on their website

Local Help Many areas / communities and Community Council are trying to help vulnerable / self –isolating people – please contact

    • Midlothian Voluntary Action for advice and information. 4-6 White Hart St, Dalkeith EH22 1AE   0131 663 9471
  • Or check your local Community council Facebook pages
  • Contact Midlothian Co-ordination on CLL@midlothian.gov.uk who are collating a list of local helpers across the authority.

·       Penicuik Ambassadors – led by June Horne of Sweet Dignity Charity in Penicuik now has a number of vetted ambassadors supporting areas across Penicuik. They aim to support the isolated and those in need with help with food, prescriptions and anything else required.   Contact numbers are 07990 117700 or 07990117699

·       Loanhead Church Supports loanheadcommunity@gmail.com Or by phone 07541 048869

 

Kinship supports

Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland (KCASS) 0808 800 0006 – will mainly focus on financial and legal information and advice

·       Kinship Care Alliance – 07490720123   – will   mainly focus on local group signposting, practical and emotional support

·       Big Hearts – 0131 603 4927 – focus on reducing loneliness, support & strategies, peer social support and referrals to local services

·       Nurture Scotland – 07547525674 or 07505855341– supporting educational strategies / removing stress about school work for carers.

Young Carers

Young Scot Website – https://young.scot/campaigns/national/young-carers offer lots of supports, discounts etc. for Young Carers.

Shared Care Scotland have pulled together a Short Breaks for Strange Times Resource. There is lots of different ideas and resources that I am sure you will find really useful.

You can see the activities here: https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/resources/short-breaks-for-strange-times/

Food AREA PROVIDER Contact  
 

Dalkeith Area

Will not provide food during school holiday periods e.g Easter/summer as provision already been made for lunch packs

Dalkeith Storehouse including Danderhall, Woodburn & Pathhead.

Contact Children & Families for Advice on how to refer. 0131 271 3414

Children & Families –                Midlothian Council

Children & Families Centre

7 Eskdaill Court, Dalkeith, EH22 1AG

Will deliver same day or within 24 hours

Please note when calling, any specifics e.g. washing powder / nappies etc

Will not provide food during school holiday periods e.g Easter

Families with children only

 

Newbattle Area

Will not provide food during school holiday periods e.g Easter/summer as provision already been made for lunch packs

Newbattle Storehouse

 

Including:

Mayfield Easthouses, Kippielaw, Newbattle and Newtongrange

Contact Children & Families for Advice on how to refer. 0131 271 3414

 

Will deliver same day or within 24 hours

Please note when calling, any specifics e.g. washing powder / nappies etc

Families with children only

 

Penicuik – Area:

Including Roslin / Roswell/ Auchindinny/ Bilston etc.

Will not provide food during school holiday periods e.g Easter/summer as provision already been made for lunch packs

FoodStore@ PNK

Penicuik North Kirk,

95 John Street, Penicuik,

Contact Children & Families for Advice on how to refer. 0131 271 3414

 

C&F or other referrer staff collection at Penicuik North Kirk at 2pm on Thursdays at Church hall (they do not deliver)

Please note when calling, any specifics e.g. washing powder / nappies etc

 

Families with children only

 

All areas

Trussel Trust Gorebridge Church

for all clients

Gorebridge Church

Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge.

Phone mobile – 07789 173 276 (Janice) or 07597 359 910

A referral must be made by an agency and no-one can self-refer.

 

Client collects:

 

from Gorebridge Parish Church Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10-2

All population

  Food Fact Friends Penicuik & Woodburn

Penicuik – St Mungo’s Church Hall Monday & Friday 10. 30 till 1pm and

Woodburn – MARC building on Woodburn Road Monday 3.30-5pm &Thursday 11am – 2pm

 

Referrals only no walk in service.

Families can take the referral form with them or it can be sent to

foodfactsfriends@gmail.com

07507 697109 – All population

 

Rosewell Community Trust

All clients

Rosewell foodbank Opening times

Monday & Thursday’s – 17.30-19.30

Food parcels can be dropped off at people homes if self-isolating.

VENUE- ROSEWELL PARISH CHURCH HALL

Facebook link only

Facebook.com/rosewellcoronavirus/

Personal message only

 

 

Bonnyrigg

All clients

Bonnyrigg Community Trust Shop High Street Bonnyrigg is now open as a foodbank

Details on Bonnyrigg & Sherwood Community Trust web pages.

 

0131 663 2555

Facebook.com/BonnyriggTrust

Contact for referral forms, must be returned to bonnyriggtrust@gmail.com before going to shop.

Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club

‘Groceries to Go’ which is delivering food parcels to individuals and families who cannot afford shopping during this crisis.

Referrals for Poltonhall and Hopefield area

Contact: trish@bonnyriggrose.org.uk or 07786 667399

 

Penicuik Ambassadors

All clients

Food & other items

They are linking with various other agencies

Led by June Horne of Sweet Dignity Charity in Penicuik now has a number of vetted ambassadors supporting areas across Penicuik.

They aim to support the isolated and those in need with help with food, prescriptions and anything else required.

07990 117700 or 07990117699
 

Gorebridge

Resilience / Cares / Beacon

Gorebridge area but working with MAEDT / Mayfield groups

 

Joint group involving Gorebridge Cares/ Community Council & Beacon for necessary items including the supply of redirected food from other sources and cooking and providing ready meals.

For all other supports including shopping / prescriptions etc. please contact Hazel Thomson 07747 792382or   Cath McGill 07535 991332

Daily provisions

Contact Dawn Barclay dawn@gorebridge.org.uk

07858 285299

(Beacon) 01875 816320

  Loanhead Loanhead area

Loanhead & District Community Council

Offering support to those in the Loanhead Community.

landdcc@gmail.com

07942 600 106

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Emergency Support
If all other options have been exhausted

For families with children in difficulties please contact Children & Families on 0131 271 3414

For any other of the population please call 270 7500

Lorraine Chapman Early Intervention & Prevention Development Officer, Children & Families Lorraine.chapman@midlothian.gov.uk 07990 136 860

Friday 10th April 2020:

Dear Woodburn Community Woodburn PS and Woodburn Hub Update It has been a most unusual two weeks, as in the midst of the corona virus crisis, we have set up systems for supporting learning at home for our children and along with Danderhall, St David’s, Tynewater and King’s Park, have created our Woodburn Hub to provide childcare for children of Frontline Key Workers. Here is an update on what has been happening. Thank You Firstly, I would like to share with you how proud I am of our Woodburn Staff Team. The outstanding administrative preparation in the final week before school closed ensured that on the whole systems for home learning were in place. While children were busy completing learning activities on the website and GLOW created by Mrs Faulds, staff teams spent the first week carefully planning to launch with SeeSaw in Week 2. This hard work continues with all staff in school and the Nursery staff now linking with children. I know those of you who have asked for help with codes and passwords have been able to access this support. Staff whose circumstances allow, are volunteering to support children in the Woodburn Hub in addition to planning and organising online learning. Life in the Hub is a very different experience and staff have been exceptionally understanding and flexible in their approach. I am also impressed at how well staff are working together with those from other the other schools, it really is a team effort. Online Learning For our families at home, I know how challenging this time is for you. Along with managing the lockdown restrictions, you may well also have a variety of other circumstances further impacting on family life. Thank you to all of you who have been engaging with SeeSaw, it is fantastic to see how hard you are all learning from home (grown-ups included). Please remember, this week and next is still an Easter break for pupils. Although staff will be in the Woodburn Hub, they will not be setting online learning tasks or providing feedback to their classes during this time. They are looking forward to hearing their children’s news when we return from the somewhat unusual Easter break. Staff have commented on how uplifted they feel through being in contact, sharing learning and hearing one of their children’s voice.
There are some children who have not yet engaged with SeeSaw, we will be contacting these families over the next couple of weeks to see if there is something we can support with – this is a learning curve for us all! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are having difficulties, staff are more than happy to help. We hope that no one in our staff team becomes unwell but sadly there is every likelihood that this may happen. Teachers and Learning Assistants are linked with classes and working within teams to ensure that in this event learning and communication within SeeSaw continues. As the weeks go on, linking with SeeSaw will become even more important both for children’s learning and to keep supportive communication in place. Supporting Families Dawn McKimmie and a rota of staff are ensuring families who opted to take their Free School Meal Entitlement are receiving this. Lunches will continue to be available over the next two weeks. If you didn’t reply at the time and would now like a daily lunch please contact the school or pop to the playground between 11.30 and 12.00 and your names can be added to the list. Some of our children, along with those from the other primaries, are dropping in to Woodburn for short nurture sessions with Mr Borthwick. Julie and Sue our Play Therapists are in contact with children who have accessed their support this year. Thanks to your huge donations to the Woodburn PS Foodbank in October and on the final few days before school closed, we are able to support families in need. These food and toiletry donations were boosted by a cash donation of £500 from our Woodburn Parent Parthership for which we are very grateful. If you are struggling in any way or know a family who are, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Myself, Susan Welsh, Jen Faulds, Dawn McKimmie, Angela Welsh and Scott Borthwick are key school contacts for families during this challenging time. Dawn McKimmie Mobile (texts and voicemails can be left)- 07922552218 Angela Welsh (texts and voicemails can be left) – 07754235563 Woodburn PS Phone (office manned 8.00 – 15.30) – 0131 271 4715 Woodburn PS Email (email monitored evenings and weekends) – woodburn_ps@midlothian.gov.uk

The Woodburn Hub The Woodburn Hub is now up and running and we have approximately 65 children attending to support their parents/carers in their role as key workers. For families of Category 1 and 2 workers there is now additional wrap around support to ensure they can manage shift patterns more easily. The Hub is continuing to run over the next two weeks. There are children attending the hub from all the DHS feeder primaries and St David’s PS. We are also supporting children from across Midlothian and beyond. For the children attending the Woodburn Hub, this is a very unsettling and sometimes scary time. With children grouped in a class with the maximum of 5 to allow us to adhere to social distancing guidance and with many infection control procedures in place, it makes it a very different school environment. I have been amazed at how well they have managed so far. I am not alone in being upset at being unable to give a child a hug or hold a hand when they have needed reassurance but our staff in the Hubs are working incredibly hard to ensure that these children are supported emotionally, in a safe and nurturing environment. Some Good News to Share Miss Kirsten Welsh our Art Specialist welcomed baby Lucie and Mrs Sharon Balfour baby Oliver. Mrs Jen Faulds is still working away at home but will be going on maternity leave at the end of April. She is keeping safe and well. Finally, please pass on to your children how proud I am of how well they are doing. If I can pluck up the courage I will send them a direct message via SeeSaw! Please know that I am thinking about you all and hoping everyone is well. I will try to update you via email and the Woodburn App on a regular basis.

Take care and stay safe.

Joanna Findlay

Head Teacher Woodburn PS 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS:

Free School Meals

Midlothian Council have now set up a BACS payment for all Secondary pupils S1-S6 entitled to FSM.  Households where there are Secondary age children and younger siblings, will receive payments for all children.

This will be processed as a 4 week period direct to families, the first run will be from Monday 6th April to Friday 1st May and then processed in subsequent 4 week periods. The first payment will be in parents accounts on 9/4/20.

Families with children only in Primary schools will not receive the payment but will continue to receive food if they have opted to do so.

All Primary children who have been receiving school lunches will continue to do so over the Easter two week break.

If you are entitled to the payment but do not receive this as expected, please contact the School by email in the first instance – woodburn_ps@midlothian.gov.uk.

During the Easter break any family that is having trouble accessing their funds, leaving the house or has received a shielding letter should contact Heather Ritchie Heather.Ritchie@midlothian.gov.uk<mailto:Heather.Ritchie@midlothian.gov.uk> . This will revert to Hub managers in schools after the Easter Break.

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This site has been updated with advice for parents and carers around coronavirus. This includes critical childcare for keyworkers and vulnerable children and the ELC expansion, as well as information on a range of topics from health and wellbeing to home learning and tips for working from home. It is updated regularly to reflect the latest public health advice.

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Monday 23 March until further notice:

All Schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions:

·       Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.

·       All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.

·       We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services.  This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.

·       Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals  and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.

Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.

As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.

You can listen to the Deputy First Ministers announcement at this link:
https://news.gov.scot/speeches-and-briefings/statement-on-covid19-managing-the-impacts-on-scottish-education

 

20/03/2020- communications

COVID19 advice for supporting children and young people

Guidance for parents and carers in the event of school closure due to Coronavirus

18/03/2020 – Child friendly information on Coronavirus

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17/03/2020 – COVID-19 Information for Midlothian Parents and Carers

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05/03/202 – Advice on Corona Virus for places of education