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08 February 2021Head Teacher start date

I am delighted to be able to confirm that Mr McCallum-McKay will be joining us from Monday 1st March. We very much look forward to welcoming him to our fantastic schools.

05 February 2021Highland Council update

For the attention of parents and carers in Highland

 

On 2 February, an announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, about remote learning and the future return to face-to-face learning in schools.  This message includes the key information that children, young people and their families need to know.

 

The key points are as follows:

The remote learning offer, alongside support in-school for vulnerable and key worker children and young people, will continue until Friday 19 February.

From week beginning 22 February, there will be a partial return to schools as follows:

Full time attendance for Early learning and childcare children, and for children in P1-3.

Part-time attendance for young people in the Senior Phase who need to attend in order to complete practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. 

Further clarification about future plans for the re-opening of schools will be shared by the Scottish Government on 16 February.

There will be a roll-out of testing for some workers in educational settings and pupils in the Senior phase, which will help to ensure that the partial return to school is as safe as possible. This is in line with national guidance.

 

It is important to remember that all of our Highland schools will be closed for the long weekend (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February are holidays, and Wednesday 17 February is the In-Service Day).  During those days our school buildings will be closed and there will be no provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. 

 

We are currently working through these guidelines and are planning for the week beginning 22 February.  We will continue to keep parents, carers and families informed.

 

Further updates about free school meals will be issued next week.

 

Meanwhile, the current remote learning situation continues, with the continued emphasis on following guidance from the Scottish Government to protect the NHS and save lives.  Thank you for your patience and support.

03 February 2021Back to School

Phased return for some pupils.

Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are now scheduled to make a full return to nurseries and schools from 22 February.

In addition, very limited numbers of pupils in S4-6 will also be able to complete in-school practical work that is essential for completing national qualifications on a part-time basis from the same date

Some children and young people with significant additional support needs will also be prioritised for a return to in-person provision, for those most urgently in need of support.

All other pupils, with the exception of vulnerable children and those of key workers, will continue with remote learning.

To complement the return to in-school teaching, there will be a significant expansion of testing. People who work in schools, early learning and childcare settings attached to schools, and senior phase pupils, will be offered at-home testing two times a week.

Two metre physical distancing for adults and pupils will be required in secondary schools in the period immediately after a return.

Where required, updated guidance (and associated mitigations) will be published for all relevant settings that allows for the current circumstances and latest scientific advice. All these measures will be kept under regular review.

These decisions will be confirmed on Tuesday 16 February - providing sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been made.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“I appreciate only too well the burden being placed on many families as they navigate this COVID pandemic. I am also acutely aware of the need to maintain teaching and learning wherever possible. In doing so, the health and wellbeing of our children, young people and staff is paramount.

“My priority has been to ensure a safe return for children and young people to school and nursery as quickly as possible. That is why the steps that have been announced today are guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and public health experts. Children and young people will begin a gradual, phased return to classrooms supported by a testing regime and enhanced guidance. A sense of caution underpins the plans unveiled today, but this is essential as we work to return to full time teaching in schools.”

Background

The schedule, subject to confirmation on 16 February, is:

February 22 – Full time return for pre-school children in early learning and childcare settings and children in P1-3.

February 22 - Part time return for senior phase pupils - S4, S5 and S6 - on a limited basis, for essential in-school practical work only. It is intended that there will be no more than 5 - 8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for these purposes.

February 22 - Small increase for additional support needs where there is a demonstrable and immediate need.

All other primary and secondary pupils will continue to use remote learning until at least the beginning of March except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers. We will review this position every two weeks.

School age childcare services will also remain open only to vulnerable children and those of key workers pending further scientific advice.

All children who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive them during this period.

 

25 January 2021Read&Write - Parent Information Session - Wednesday 27th January 2021, 6pm-7pm

Please click here for details of Read&Write.

 

 

20 January 2021Treehouse online mental health and wellbeing platform

In light of the recent announcements for Scotland’s schools and the uncertainty of the months ahead, The Highland Council and Tree of Knowledge (link below) have agreed a partnership to provide mental health and wellbeing support to all pupils and staff across all 200 schools in Highland, through remote learning and beyond.

From next week, all primary and secondary schools in Highlands will have access to Treehouse; a groundbreaking online learning platform, for use at home or in classrooms, which addresses the challenges of the pandemic and develops positive mental health.

An email has gone out to all parents with more information about this. The link below also gives further information.

Tree of Knowledge

 

 

 

 

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14 January 2021Covid updates

Please see new tab to the left of the page  - Covid updates.

Here you will be able to access current communication with regard to Covid including our remote learning statement, remote learning guide and interventions to minimise the risk of Covid for those attending school.  

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