St John's S4-6 Remote Learning until end of term


16th December 2020

With around 30 staff members of St John’s High School now self-isolating, it has been decided that senior pupils will stay at home for remote learning until term ends on Wednesday December 23.

The S4-S6 classes were initially advised to stay away from school from last Friday. A review of the situation was held yesterday (Tuesday December 15), with the city council’s children and families service and the school confirming the decision this afternoon.

There had been no change for S1-3 pupils, who are still being advised to attend school as normal.

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families convener, said: “With the numbers of staff continuing to self-isolate is not possible to deliver the full curriculum across the school.

“Online resources will continue to be made available to S4-6 pupils for course work, with teachers in self-isolation delivering lessons virtually until the end of term.

“This is a very challenging situation and there has been a huge effort undertaken to try and maintain learning for the young people at St John’s.

“We are aware of a number of coronavirus cases connected with the school and we have been working closely with NHS Tayside.

“A significant number of pupils are also now self-isolating because of contact tracing.”

With the assistance of public health, the council has ensured that appropriate measures are being taken, including cleaning.

Pupils and staff have been advised to follow national guidance and to not attend school if they are displaying any coronavirus symptoms.

People are also being asked to avoid car sharing.

Families have been advised of the situation by the school.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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