FREE SCHOOL MEALS, MILK AND CLOTHING GRANTS
Could you be entitled to Free School Meals, milk and a Clothing Grant?
Pupils from Primary 1-3 currently receive free school meals. Pupils moving on to Primary 4 pay for their school meals costing up to £10 per child per week (this totals up to £390 per year).
If you think you might be entitled to Free School Meals (from Primary 1-7), we ask that you complete the relevant form online (paper forms available at school office) at: https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/downloads/file/2830/free_school_meals_and_clothing_grant_application .
Further details can be found here: free school meals june 18 .
ParentPay is an online payment system. It allows parents to pay quickly and securely for school meals, excursions and activities. You simply top up your ParentPay account or in cash through PayPoint stores. We ask that all monies are paid to school via the ParentPay platform. Please speak with the school office if you are having difficulty accessing this. You can find out more details about ParentPay here: ParentPay Parent Flyer .
HEALTH CARE PLANNING
The majority of school pupils do not have healthcare needs which require day-to-day support in school. Those pupils who do have healthcare needs may require support in school for:
– a short period of time, requiring minimal support, e.g. taking antibiotics until the course is finished or having mobility problems due to having to wear a leg cast
· ongoing minimal daily support due to a long-term condition, e.g. taking methylphenidate (RitalinTM or EquasymTM) for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), requiring special toileting arrangements or planning rest periods to prevent exhaustion
· medication to be held in school in case certain symptoms occur, including medication to prevent or minimise an emergency situation, e.g. asthma inhaler or adrenaline pen for pupils with severe allergies
· certain conditions which require them to perform clinical tests to help them manage their condition, e.g. blood glucose tests for diabetics
· complex, chronic conditions, not managed with medication, that require more in-depth planning and support, e.g. following a serious head injury.
A copy of NHS Lothian’s flowchart to understand how we manage healthcare needs in school, can be found here: Flow Chart for managing pupils healthcare needs .
All school staff have a legal duty to care for pupils, which means that they have an obligation to exercise a level of care towards an individual, as is reasonable in all the circumstances, to avoid injury to that individual. This includes addressing healthcare needs. We work very closely with our School Nurse to manage healthcare needs. Should you require support with a healthcare need being met in school, please arrange to meet with Mrs McPherson in the first instance.
Excellent attendance at school is important to allow your child to fulfil their potential and for them to have the best possible start in life.
Attendance is a key priority for our school. We monitor pupil attendance closely and work with pupils and families to ensure any barrier is removed to allow all pupils to access learning in school.
Midlothian Council have an expectation of 97% school attendance. Attendance and lateness of all pupils is therefore monitored weekly in school and parents and carers will be notified when appropriate. It is therefore extremely important that families contact the school office to inform of any medical absence or reasons for late arrival to school. Please be aware that arrival to school following the bell and entering by the main entrance will be marked as being late. Please note that medical absences do not generate attendance letters but will be closely monitored. Holidays within term time are also recognised as unauthorised absences in most cases and will also result in attendance letters being issued to families.
Letters will be sent to parents in line with the guidance given below:
- If your child’s attendance falls below 97% an initial letter will be sent to parents/carers
- If your child’s attendance continues to decline, and falls below 95% a second letter will be sent
- Should your child’s attendance fall below 90% you will be invited in to school to meet regarding this
- If your child accrues 30 minutes of lateness an initial letter will be sent to parents/carers
- If your child accrues 60 minutes of lateness a second letter will be sent to parents/carers
- If your child accrues 90 minutes of lateness you will be invited in to school to meet regarding this
It’s everybody’s job to make sure that children are protected from abuse.
We all have a duty to protect children, whether we are professionals or private individuals. If you think a child is at risk of being abused or neglected, speak to:
- the Children’s Services Duty Team by calling 0131 271 6674 (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Fri 9am to 4pm);
- the Emergency Social Care Service by calling 0800 731 6969 (freephone) at any time outside normal office hours;
- the Police by calling 101 or in an emergency 999;
- a member of staff at school;
- any Health professional.
Please report any concerns of inappropriate behaviour or challenging situations to the School Office immediately. Please do not approach pupils in the playground or contact parents directly and allow the school to address such situations.
Child Protection, Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Our staff are committed to practice in a way that protects all children and young people and fully adhere to the processes and procedures contained within Edinburgh and Lothian’s Inter-Agency Child Protection Procedures 2015. A copy of our policy can be accessed here: CP Policy June 18 .
Midlothian Council is committed to providing high-quality customer service. If something goes wrong or you are dissatisfied with our services, please contact the school in the first instance and give us an opportunity to discuss and resolve your issue. You can find a copy of Midlothian Council’s Customer Complaints Procedure here: Customer-Complaints-Procedure-Final .