General News

Published: 21 March 2020

“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”

The East Lothian Foodbank is running extremely low on the following items and need donations:

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Mashed potato
  • Fruit juice
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc)
  • Baby food 
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet rolls

There is also a shortage of volunteers due to many being elderly and self-isolating. 

If anyone would be interested in helping out please contact: director@eastlothian.foodbank.org.uk

Published: 20 March 2020

Please check your Google classroom. Thanks.

Published: 20 March 2020

East Lothian Council has today (20 March 2020) issued an update from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:

  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare
  • The exam diet will not go ahead this year. The Scottish Qualifications Authority will put in place a certification model using coursework, teacher assessment of estimated grades and prior attainment.

The update includes information on:

  • Children's Hubs
  • Key Workers
  • Vulnerable Children
  • Remote Learning
  • Statement from Lesley Brown

The Full Update from Lesley Brown - Supporting our Children and Young People

Published: 20 March 2020

As you may be aware, the First Minister announced yesterday that the children of key workers should have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19. 

In response to this, East Lothian Council will be providing learning and childcare for the children of keyworkers who are registered in local authority schools and early learning and childcare centres. This provision is for key workers who do not have a trusted adult at home to care for their child/ren whilst they are at work.  This provision will be delivered through a Children’s Hub located in each of our six largest communities in East Lothian.  Where possible, parents/carers will be expected to transport their child/ren to their Hub.   

Scottish Government have identified key workers in three categories:

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff, Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers etc.) as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised). 

If you are a Keyworker and require support with childcare please could you complete the Key Worker Childcare Form (this is an editable PDF which you can enter text and then save) and email this information back to admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk no later than 5pm Monday 23 March, 2020 with the subject heading ‘KEY WORKER SUPPORT’. Once this information has been collated by East Lothian Council we will contact you regarding the learning and childcare support we can provide for your child/ren.

Published: 20 March 2020

It has been an extraordinary week and I want to send a public note of thanks to all staff here at Meadowpark, our resilient and talented pupils and kind, thoughtful parents. You have all be incredibly patient, supportive and flexible in word and in deed while faced with so much uncertainty. I sincerely hope it isn’t too long before we are properly reunited. Read more here...20.03.2020

Published: 20 March 2020

There is a great deal of information, coverage and opinion circulating about COVID-19.

Reliable advice, information and a list of trustworthy links for supporting children, young people and their families during this time can be found in the document below.  This contains advice on:

  • Information specifically for children and young people relating to COVID-19
  • Advice for speaking to, and supporting, children and young people about COVID-19
  • Support for children, young people and families who may experience additional worry due to a range of different circumstances they may be in and situations they may be facing 
  • Looking after the adults who care for children.

Helping Children, Young People and their Families - Managing Anxiety About COVID-19

Published: 19 March 2020

INVENTOR
Create an account using your EDUBUZZ email (2D and 3D CAD)

INKSCAPE
Free Graphic Design software (flyers, logos, brochures, magazines)

PIXLR
Free online Photoshop clone (photos, logos)

TINKERCAD
Free online CAD program, very quick to learn.

YENKA
Free downloadable Electronic and Physics simulation software

GOOGLE SKETCHUP
Free in browser or downloadable CAD program, quick and easy to learn CAD
products and Architecture

Published: 19 March 2020

This is an unprecedented situation, and the closure of schools for an extended period will affect almost every family across Scotland.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has recently been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet, including disruption and postponement. However, as the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead.

Fiona Robertson (Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer) has been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.

Full details of this statement can be accessed on the SQA website.

Published: 19 March 2020

OFFLINE PAPER BASED HOME LEARNING

In CDT today, we have handed out over 100 packs of home learning suitable for any S1-3 pupils and we included stationery (rulers, paper, jotters, pencils etc) the packs had enough learning for up to 10hrs.

Some packs had more than 10hrs learning. We will make some more tomorrow, (only pencils and worksheets left) so anyone that wishes a pack please come and collect one and you are welcome to collect packs for friends who are absent.

Thanks to the S2 girls who helped make up the packs before registration #community  

Published: 19 March 2020

The Speech and Language Therapy  would like to be able to be able to support our families in East Lothian and continue to offer their service at this time.

If you have any worries or concerns please call the Speech and Language Therapy Department Helpline Service.

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