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LPS PARENT COUNCIL

All parents or guardians of children at Loanhead Primary School automatically belong to our PARENT FORUM and potentially can become members.

WHO ARE PARENT COUNCIL MEMBERS?

Parents who have attended an Annual General Meeting (which are usually held in September) and have chosen to become a member. Any parent can become a member of the Parent Council.  Members represent all the Parent Forum!

OUR ROLE

To support and create a welcoming environment that is inclusive of all parents and promotes relationships between the school, pupils, parents and carers. We also liaise between the council and parents when required making sure you have all the information and support needed!

FUNDRAISING – What is this for?

Fundraising has always been at the heart of our parent council – not only for the financial benefit- but as a way of engaging with our children and parents in a friendly, fun and personal way that is a fundamental part of your child’s school life.

For many years now we have managed to provide or subsidise many areas including:– Pantomime Transport, P7 Leavers Events & Gifts, Nursery Summer Outings, School Library, IT Equipment, Stationery, Class Projects, Golden Time Activities, Books, Maths Programmes, Sports Day Ice-creams, Summer Fair, Competition prizes and the list could go on…

This can only continue with ongoing support from you!

However, due to recent events fundraising must take a different approach for a while until any physical distancing restrictions are lifted; so for this reason we are very keen to try out any new ideas- for example parents might be able to host their own ‘mini fundraising events’ within their own social bubbles or on a virtual basis. This could be encouraged and supported and would be discussed on an individual basis.

More than ever we look to support our pupils and parents any way we can!

HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART?

During current times, the platform for our meetings will be on a virtual basis and anyone can join. They will be held on a weekday evening via Zoom – until further notice – about every 6 weeks and last around an hour!                                                                                                              Dates for meetings are provided in advance on the School Newsletter, School Website, School Facebook Page or School Bulletin board.

 

ALL CONTACT DETAILS: – 

School website – http://www.Loanhead.mgfl.net

FaceBook Page – Loanhead Primary Parent Council Group

E-mail:- Lorna Kennedy – Parent Council Chairperson @ lskennedy05@aol.com

UPDATE ON SCHOOL PARKING September 2020

Due to recent events I have had a consultation with the Parking Officer that attended our school on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The following is the information gathered that I hope will help appease any frustration or upset that may have been caused and clarify a few points:-

First of all, the parking attendants have been sent by Midlothian Council as part of an Enforced Parking initiative that is being carried out at ALL Midlothian Schools. This is based primarily on SAFETY for all pupils and carers.

Also, there has been many instances where vehicles have not managed to gain access to the school for maintenance purposes, deliveries or refuse bin collections, due to cars being parked where they shouldn’t be i:e – double yellows, in front of bollards etc.
There have also been many complaints made about school transport/taxis not being able to park because of people parking in the bus drop of zone, keep clear zone and also the disabled spaces – where no blue badges have been displayed. This is unacceptable and has caused untold inconvenience and safety issues for a long time. Also, people that think it is acceptable to double park in front of cars parked in the bays, this is also an offense and extremely dangerous!
The parking restrictions are there for safety and to provide access to the school especially for Emergency Vehicles.

Anyone that has been unfortunate enough to have received a parking ticket, if a first offence can appeal it with Midlothian Council and have I been told this may be over-ruled as a goodwill gesture. However, persistent offences can be handed over to Sheriff Officers.
To clarify, parking on double yellows, bus drop off, keep clear zone, zig-zags and disabled spaces without the proper authorisation and any other obstruction can result in a instant ticket.

As a parent council we will be requesting that the red mono-blocked area ,that should be a drop off zone, be clearly marked and be exempt from double yellow line restrictions for the time being and that proper signage and road markings be put in place for this.
Disabled badges holders permitted to park on double yellows just the same as other streets and taxis doing a drop off/pick up are regarded the same as school transport.

In the meantime, I would urge all drivers to adhere to the restrictions as they would anywhere else and bear in mind CHILD SAFETY.
We are quite fortunate at our school to have free parking available on our driveway, Edgefield Road and surrounding areas, that other school do not and the limited parking available in the car park is due to us being a ‘Green School’ !

I hope this helps to alleviate any stress caused by recent events and that we can all do our bit to keep our children safe.
Kind Regards,
Lorna Kennedy
Parent Council Chair

Returning to school update 6th August 2020

Dear parents/carers,

We look forward to welcoming all of our pupils back to school on Wednesday 12th of August.  Following advice and guidance given to head teachers yesterday from our ASG, we will be sharing more detailed information on Monday 10th of August.

Please see the attachment or the link below for today’s letter to parent’s carers based on Council guidance.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

L.P.S. Staff

Parents and Carers 060820.docx

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200296/coronavirus/629/schools

Domestic Abuse – A message from Police Scotland

Domestic abuse is any form of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse and takes place within the context of a relationship, either current or past.

If you, or anyone else you know, is experiencing any of the above, or being intimidated or threatened by a current or previous partner, it is Domestic Abuse.

Don’t delay in seeking help during the current coronavirus restrictions.

Call the 24-hour Domestic Abuse Helpline in confidence on 0800 027 1234 or visit safer.scot

Domestic abuse is a crime. Contact the Police via 101 to report it or 999 in an emergency.
Police Scotland website – www.scotland.police.uk

Dear Parents…

Dear parents,

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay safe. x

From all of us in the Loanhead Primary Community

19.3.20 NEW update from Midlothian council regarding school closure

The following statement was sent to schools this evening. At the bottom of the statement are links to parental guidance and advice which will be very useful in this time. We will keep you updated as, and when, we know anything else.

All schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions:

· Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.

· All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.

· We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services. This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.

· Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.

Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.

As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.

You can listen to the Deputy First Ministers announcement at this link:
https://news.gov.scot/speeches-and-briefings/statement-on-covid19-managing-the-impacts-on-scottish-education

Andrew Sheridan
Schools Group Manager (ASN & Inclusion)

Guidance for parents and carers in the event of school closure due to Coronavirus

A1 – Midlothian SLT Telephone Helpline info 2020