Return to School April 2021
These arrangements apply from Monday 29 April.
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement last week, we are very pleased to confirm that Stirling High School will open to all young people on Monday 19th April for face-to-face in school learning. All staff are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school and commencing learning and teaching.
The main points are:
All young people return on 19 April to follow their normal timetable
School arrangements mostly follows those in place previously from August to December
All young people should wear face coverings at all times (unless exempt)
No social distancing in classrooms
Voluntary Lateral Flow Tests are available for all young people
Social distancing where possible indoors in social areas.
Our arrangements have been made in line with the Scottish Government’s guidelines: Guidance on schools reopening
This page replaces all previously issued Covid FAQ information.
Changes to mitigation measures
All young people (unless exempt) must wear face coverings at all times including in classes, in corridors and social spaces.
Young people should still observe social distancing between each other indoors where possible, although this does not need to be 2m. We understand that this will be challenging for our pupils but this is for everyone’s safety.
All young people should follow regular hand washing procedures; hand sanitizer is available and use wipes provided to clean their workspace.
Young people are encouraged to bring their own snacks and bottled water.
Lateral Flow Test kits are available for all young people.
Visitors to the school, including parents and carers, will be kept to a minimum and only by prior appointment.
We will have a staggered start and end to the school day with young people in S4-S6 going straight to their period 1 class at 9am and young people in S1-S3 leaving 5 minutes before the end of the school day.
Wearing Face Coverings
This video explains the correct way to wear a face covering safely, including how to take them on and off and where to put them once they're off.
This video has been shown to pupils in form class.
Lateral Flow Tests
Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are available to all young people who are in for practical assessment work to further reduce the risks in the school environment.
Please see separate previous communications relating to asymptomatic LFT testing.
We will continue to support and communicate with our staff, pupils and school communities as we implement this programme. Some Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the annex to Mr Cassidy's letter and the consent form can be found here.
Letter: Arrangements for the Return to School
Everyone at the school is focused on providing a welcoming, nurturing environment to support you. This letter contains a lot of procedures, however, we are at the heart of everything, a school that cares about your well-being and we will work with you to ensure you are safe, happy and achieving.
We know that your safety is your number one concern and all staff at the school share your concern. The most recent letter produced for the return to school in April 2021 details the arrangements for our summer term and can be found here.
Keep Left System
Our one way system was replaced with a keep left system as a result of feedback from young people and staff.
Socially Distanced Lunch Queues
Young people must queue socially distanced at break and lunchtime in the hub, wearing your face covering, unless you are exempt.
We have added posters and floor markings to make this easy for you to follow.
Young people must also sit 2m socially distanced in the hub when eating at break and lunch.
If using the main servery, please queue in a line though the hub.
Markings have been added to the floor.
One pupil per marking.
Pasta King/Wrap bar
If using the Pasta King or Wrap bar servery, please queue in a line around the assembly hall.
Markings have been added to the walls.
One pupil per marking.