8th January 2021
Here is our plan for the switch to online learning:
We will review the impact of this and adjust as required.
I am very pleased to say that we will be offering a timetable of online learning that is comprehensive and mirrors the usual timetable for young people wherever possible. Here are the key points to be aware of:
Remove 1 period from each subject that has more than 1 period, for each class i.e. Maths will go from 4 periods to 3, Art with 1 period would stay on 1 period. Your teacher will make clear to you which period to remove.
The following subjects will provide work in teams but limited live delivery – Technical.
The following subjects will provide work in teams but no live delivery – PE.
The following subjects should be removed from the timetable – RE/RME, Skills for life learning and work, numeracy, ICT.
Follow usual timetable with ‘live’ teaching but no homework/classwork will be set outside of the TT periods.
The following subjects will provide project work/tasks in teams but no live delivery – Scottish Studies, HEc, CORE PE.
The following subjects should be removed from the timetable – RE/RME, Crofting elective, Media elective, Gaelic elective, ICT.
Senior Phase – S4,5 & 6
The assessment calendar that was issued will now need to be updated. The assessment period planned for Jan/Feb will now not take place, updates to follow in due course.
Senior pupils should follow the usual timetable with ‘live’ teaching as required per the demands of the course, but teacher will address pupils at the start and end of every lesson.
Please note that Technical subjects will provide work in Teams but with limited live delivery, this is due to a reduction in the timetable as they are practical classes. Technical staff will however be available to answer and support pupils during school hours via email.
The following subjects should be removed from the timetable – RE/RME, Boatbuilding, CORE PE.
RE/RME – we will ask school Pastoral team to record weekly assemblies which will be sent out to pupils.
Yours in Partnership
31st August 2020
Please see below a link to a form that will need to be completed before we can issue a laptop to your young person in S4-6. Once the form has been completed we will issue a laptop via school ICT support. The form can be completed via the link in this group-call, Website, Facebook page:
[This contract sets out the terms for the local authority(LA) lending computer hardware to pupils for educational purposes.]
Yours in partnership
27th August 2020
The Scottish Government has issued further advice re face coverings in school, this advice has been collated by the Education and Children's Services department and is as follows:
From Monday 31st August, it will become a requirement for pupils in secondary schools in Scotland to wear face coverings. The introduction of this additional safety measure sits as part of a suite of controls and measures in place to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible in schools and we ask that parents and pupils continue to support these in the interests of all that attend school. The information below sets out how face covering requirements will be implemented in Western Isles secondary schools.
Yours in partnership
11th August 2020
Further to the group call in June (and central group calls from CNES) can I remind you that the plan this week is for S1, 4/5/6 only to come into school tomorrow 12.8.20. Thursday 13.8.20 will see all year groups return. I would also take this opportunity to point out that with the risk assessment in place that any behaviour which affects infection control will be treated very seriously.
Yours in partnership
10th August 2020
as we prepare for return to school this week there are some things we would like to share with pupils/parents and guardians as to how the school day will work:
Pupils should use the hand sanitiser stations at the front of the school on the way into school. New S1 pupils should then report to the Theatre (this will be signposted). Other pupils should go to their first period class when the bell goes.
Parents/guardians who are dropping pupils off at school should enter the main gate and proceed to the right and stop at the cones beside the buses, the pupils in the car at the front of the queue will disembark when asked to. In the interest of traffic management and safety this is the only place pupils should be dropped off by car.
At the start of period 1 on Wednesday and Thursday there will be reminders of the actions on this list.
From the theatre S1 pupils will have buddies assigned to show them around for the first few days at Sgoil Lionacleit, these buddies will take them to and collect them from class.
Uniform should be worn where possible - if this is not possible this week/next then please remedy the situation as soon as possible, if you would like some support with this then please contact the school office on 01870 603690. The link to buy uniform online is: schoolwearmadeeasy.com.
PE will be outdoors (in line with guidance from the Scottish government), where weather does not allow this PE will be classroom based.
At break-time S1-3 pupils should only be downstairs or outside. S4/5/6 pupils should head to their common rooms/area.
On Wednesday we will give S1 an extended lunchtime to come down to the canteen and be talked through the systems in place.
Movement between classes will be via a 1-way system that will be clearly signposted for all pupils.
Upon entering a class young people will be asked to sanitise hands and use a disinfectant wipe on the area they will be working.
Different departments will deal with jotters and materials in the way that best suits the subject - this will be communicated to pupils in class.
Lockers will not be in use for the duration of these changes - pupils should bring whatever materials they need for that day.
As a bare minimum we would expect that young people bring a pen/pencil and a calculator to school with them (these materials should not be shared). If there are any issues please get in touch and we will support in any way we can.
Staff will maintain a 2m distance between each other and from young people, where this is not possible staff will wear a face covering. Young people may wear face coverings at their own discretion (except on buses where it will be mandatory).
As the advice continues and evolves I may be back in touch with further updates.
I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday or Thursday,