Message from Mr Engstrand, Rector
Hopefully you have found some time as a family to enjoy together the recent school holiday.
As we return to school for a busy Autumn term you might be aware that the Scottish Government last week decided to retain the current mitigations in place in schools against Covid 19.
For us that means that we would ask for your continuing support in ensuring your son to daughter comes to school with a face covering (unless they are exempt). If your child forgets their mask they are available from school for a 20p donation for Teenage Cancer Trust. We would also strongly urge our pupils to continue to engage in the voluntary programme of Lateral Flow Testing and kits can be sourced from the school as and when required.
Both of these measures have contributed to our good track record at Inverness Royal Academy in avoiding any major outbreaks of infection. One other key measure we believe has been particularly effective is having pupils outside at social times unless the weather is particularly bad. We would ask that where possible your child does not arrive at school before 08.30 each morning and be prepared to be outside at interval and lunchtime, even in cold, dry weather. Obviously this means pupils need to be clothed appropriately. On the evidence of last year, this arrangement is beneficial not just in avoiding Covid 19 transmission in enclosed areas. Pupils getting outside, getting some fresh air and getting a walk are all good in themselves; we forget quite quickly that when they were in primary school they were outside at these times come rain and shine.