New COVID Measures in Scotland - Update to Parents

Following the announcement this afternoon by the First Minister of Scotland, Glenalmond College has written to all parents to update them on the measures which have been put in place - see letter below.

Dear Parent,

New COVID Measures in Scotland: Update

Following the announcement by the First Minister earlier this afternoon, you will be aware that Scotland will enter a period of Lockdown from midnight today which will remain in place until the 31st January 2021. This move is in accordance with the Scottish Government’s safety-first approach and is a precautionary measure to prevent any escalation in infection rates, as have been seen elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

To echo the First Minister’s words, I would emphasise that the risk within schools remains low and that this is a cautious and precautionary step to prevent community transmission from increasing. The Scottish Government has pledged to review this arrangement on the 18th January, and use the interval to accelerate the vaccination programme and that schools will be among the first institutions to re-open.

In light of the above, the College will move to on-line learning from the 11th January and this will be in place until the 1st February. 

As you are aware, Glenalmond was fortunate to avoid any cases of COVID last term, and the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff remain our absolute priority. Our on-line learning provision, Coll@Home, was highly successful last year, and we will ensure we continue to provide the highest standard of education on-line. As per the letter of the 29th December, we are able to accommodate children of key workers as boarders and day pupils, and I would ask that you complete the form by Wednesday this week.

I must emphasise that at this stage this means, in effect, three weeks of on-line learning from our scheduled start of term. We will review our plans for Half Term during the coming week and will communicate any changes as soon as these are confirmed. 

In the case of boarders resident overseas, pupils may delay their return to Glenalmond, and new arrangements will be provided regarding quarantine once further guidance has been published. For those pupils who have arrived at the College or are en route, we shall continue to provide our usual excellent care and will be delighted to have them with us.

Our website www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk will be updated regularly; however, if you have an urgent enquiry please contact us via info@glenalmondcollege.co.uk.

In the meantime, I hope you remain safe and well, and send my best wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Michael Alderson

Warden