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March 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter – March 2021

Return to full-time schooling

We are delighted to have all children back in school, they have all settled very well. We have been focusing on reconnecting and building resilience and reflecting on our period of remote learning.



Mrs Gillian Campbell will return from maternity leave after the Easter break and she will be supporting with accelerated learning groups in school until the end of term in June


Playground – ongoing safety guidance at Riverside

  • Please adhere to 2 metres Physical Distancing in the playground at all times and it is compulsory to wear a mask in the playground.

  • We ask all parents/carers to respect others in the playground by not smoking or vaping.

  • Children should not ride their bikes or scooters in the playground. 

  • We would also like to respectfully ask parents/carers not to bring dogs into the playground at the start and end of the school day.


Covid 19 – Self Isolation

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the general advice currently in place for everyone: If anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID19 the symptomatic person should self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible. Everyone else in the household should also stay at home if someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • a high temperature or fever

  • a new continuous cough

  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.


Spring Hardship Fund

Scottish Government have provided funding to tackle financial insecurity for children and young people from low income households.

£100 will be paid for children of school age who are currently receiving FSM on the basis of low income, this payment is also available for children of pre-school age who are eligible for free lunches in Early Learning and Childcare based on the FSM eligibility criteria.  An application form should be completed for pre-school children if you have not already done so.  The applications process will remain open until 23 April 2021 and payment will be paid by the end of April 2021 for any new applications.


Holiday Fun Clubs

The Council runs Fun Clubs each year during the school holidays to support families who can find things more difficult in the holidays when free school meals are not available. The Clubs could not run last year due to Covid.   The money normally used to support those clubs will be sent out as a one off payment. The amount will be £75 per child to support food and activities during the school holidays. This will be paid to each pupil P1-S6 who are currently receiving FSM.


School Uniform

We are always pleased to see so many children in school uniform.  This is part of our identity and helps build our school community.  Please remember that on the days your child has PE they must come to school wearing their PE clothes but at all other times should come to school wearing their full school uniform

Jackets - Please ensure that your child brings a waterproof jacket with a hood to school each day.  

Please can you ensure all clothing items have your child’s name clearly marked, this will help us to return lost property items.   


Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child brings a filled water bottle to school each day with water in it and not juice/soft drinks (these are the government guidelines).


School App

Please ensure that you have downloaded the School App.  This is our main form of communication with you.


To download the app search ‘PSA’ in the Apple or Google Play app stores and contact the school for the user name and PIN.


Tips for using the School App – Please check both the Messages Tab and the News Tab.  Our Riverside Tweets also feed in to our News Tab, so if you do not use Twitter you are still able to keep up-to-date with school activities by regularly visiting the News Tab.


Absence Hotline

Just a reminder to use the absence hotline (01786 476577) to phone us on the first morning of your child’s absence between 8.45-10.00am.  We aim to follow up any unexplained absences by phoning your contact numbers so it is important that contact numbers are up to date.  At times messages are left on phones if there is no response, so please take this into account when giving us contact numbers.  This is not a perfect system but has been set up to support you in keeping your children safe. 


If your child has been absent from school, please let us know the reason either in writing or by telephoning the school office.  As you will be aware, all schools are required to provide The Scottish Government with attendance and absence statistics.  In an effort to ensure that the information we pass on is as accurate as possible, we follow up any unexplained absences on a regular basis.  An increasing amount of time is being spent following up unexplained absences.  Any unexplained absences will be followed up by a member of our Senior Leadership Team.  Those absence where we have not received a response will be recorded as unauthorised.  I am sure that you will appreciate the need for accurate figures and thank you for your support.


Easter Service

The link to the whole school virtual Easter Service will be available on Thursday to view via your child’s remote learning platform.



Dates for your diary – always subject to change!

Thursday 1 April             School closes for Spring break at 3.15 pm

Monday 19 April            School reopens for Summer term at 08.55am-09.05am

Monday 3 May              Local Holiday - school closed to staff and children

Thursday 6 May             Staff Development Day - school closed to children

Friday 25 June               School closes for Summer holiday


May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.  Please have a relaxing and restful Easter break and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 19 April.



Michelle MacPhee