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All Orkney Islands Council schools welcome parental involvement as research has shown that when parents are involved children do better in school.

We welcome contact with parents. The partnership between you and the school is a vital one if your children are to get the most from their education.

There will be formal contact from the school at several points in the year. All pupils receive two reports each year, the dates of which are on the calendar; and associated with one of these is a Parents’ Evening for each year group, which is run on an appointments basis. At key stages in the year, there will be letters home explaining about meetings, examination arrangements and so forth. There will also be Newsletters during the session.

Even at times when there is no formal contact, there are ways in which you can be involved. Every pupil has a school planner which we would encourage you to look at regularly. If you feel your child is having difficulties with their work, please feel free to contact the Guidance Teacher. The same goes for social, personal or medical problems which you think we should know about: the Guidance Teacher is the person to speak to. In cases of serious indiscipline, such as bullying or trouble on the buses, please telephone the head teacher. In more routine matters, please contact your child’s Guidance Teacher. Notes about prolonged absence and change of address, can be sent to the Register Teacher.

For our part, we shall be quick to contact you when we identify problems in school. This will include early information when your child is involved in misconduct or inappropriate behaviour.

We find that cooperation between parents/carers and the school is the surest way of sorting things out.

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***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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