Back Together Again!

It has been absolutely fantastic to have everyone back at Bridgend over the past week or so. We’ve been enjoying learning together again and spending time outside in the fantastic weather that we’ve been having!

Have a wee look at our gallery to see what we’ve been getting up to recently!

Phased Return to School for Nursery & P1-3

By now, parents / carers should have received an email with information about the return of Nursery and P1-3 children at Bridgend next week.

Nursery children will access the nursery through their regular doors and the usual times of 8.45am – 2.45pm will apply.

P1-3 children will access their classrooms through their own doors (as before) at 9.10am and will be dismissed at 2.40pm.

If you are entering the playground, you MUST follow the 2m physical distancing rules and wear a face covering (unless exempt)

Children in P4-7 will continue to engage with online learning at home. At present the children of Key worker parents and some identified children have been attending school, they will continue to attend and arrive at school between 8.50am and 9.00am accessing the school through the main front door. They will be dismissed at 2.30pm. Can we please remind parents that the criteria to access this support is still exactly the same as before, and sending children P4-7 into school is a last resort.

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Nursery and P1-3 children on Monday. Thank you for all your continued support throughout this difficult time. 

Long Weekend

We have had a very interesting week due to the weather and we are sure the children have enjoyed being able to get out sledging and playing in the snow. Just to remind everyone that there will be no work posted for the children until Thursday next week. Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th of February are school holidays and Wednesday the 17th is an In-service day.

The teachers will be setting learning for the children on Thursday as usual and there will be a selection of less screen activities set for Friday. The teachers are available at the usual times on both Thursday and Friday next week and there will be daily class meets.

We are awaiting confirmation about the week of the 22nd February but at present are planning for the return of our nursery and P1-3 children.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you all enjoy a very well earned break over the long weekend.

Adverse Weather 09.02.21

Due to the current adverse weather conditions, Bridgend Primary and Nursery will be closed for the rest of the day.

For any future adverse weather days, please use the contact details below for updates:

BRIDGEND PRIMARY SCHOOL & NURSERY
ADVERSE WEATHER
To enquire about school and nursery closures in times of adverse
weather please phone:

Highland Council’s Access Number:
0800 564 2272
Now enter the Bridgend Primary and Nursery PIN Number:
04 1580
(Alness Academy PIN Number 04 1360)

Alternatively you can access information on Highland Council’s
Website:
http://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures
OR
The Highland Council Facebook and Twitter
The Council’s Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil will show updated
posted on the latest news of school closures and weather related
problems.

The Council’s Twitter page at https://twitter.com/HighlandCouncil
will list Tweets of the latest news of school closures and weather
related problems

Local Radio – Moray Firth Radio will carry morning
bulletins on school closures at 7.10, 7.40, 8.10 &
8.40am and will also include local information on
weather, roads and conditions affecting schools.

Important Update for Parents

For the attention of parents and carers in Highland

On 2 February, an announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, about remote learning and the future return to face-to-face learning in schools.  This message includes the key information that children, young people and their families need to know.

The key points are as follows:

  • The remote learning offer, alongside support in-school for vulnerable and key worker children and young people, will continue until Friday 19 February.
  • From week beginning 22 February, there will be a partial return to schools as follows:
    • Full time attendance for Early learning and childcare children, and for children in P1-3.
    • Part-time attendance for young people in the Senior Phase who need to attend in order to complete practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses.
    • Further clarification about future plans for the re-opening of schools will be shared by the Scottish Government on 16 February.
  • There will be a roll-out of testing for some workers in educational settings and pupils in the Senior phase, which will help to ensure that the partial return to school is as safe as possible. This is in line with national guidance.

It is important to remember that all of our Highland schools will be closed for the long weekend (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February are holidays, and Wednesday 17 February is the In-Service Day).  During those days our school buildings will be closed and there will be no provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

We are currently working through these guidelines and are planning for the week beginning 22 February.  We will continue to keep parents, carers and families informed.

Further updates about free school meals will be issued next week.

Meanwhile, the current remote learning situation continues, with the continued emphasis on following guidance from the Scottish Government to protect the NHS and save lives.  Thank you for your patience and support.