Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Letter To Parents Of School Children In Highland From Chief Executive Donna Manson

17th March 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

As you know, we are in a complex situation with regard to schools and the Coronavirus. I fully understand your anxiety and concerns. The health and wellbeing of our children, families and our staff in Highland is of key importance.

This letter will give you some clear messages about how we work together to address the Coronavirus situation.

During the current situation it is of the highest importance that you continue to monitor the health of your family and follow the advice given by the Scottish and UK Governments.

• As of 13 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with Coronavirus, however mild should self-isolate for 7 days.

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or high temperature

• Information for the public on coronavirus, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on the NHS Inform website.

As you know, the situation is ever-changing and we do already have examples of

staff and families who are self-isolating in line with government advice as we support the delay of the spread of the Coronavirus. We also have examples that have come to our attention over the weekend of families keeping their children at home due to anxiety about the risk of infection. Of course we respect the decisions parents and carers make about the wellbeing of their children. We urge parents to follow the advice from the government as mentioned above.

The Highland Council is following Scottish Government advice which is that schools will remain open for the present time. It is possible that there may be specific situations that will lead to the closing of individual schools due to health concerns regarding children and/or staff, or if we don't have enough staff available to keep a school open. At the moment there is no confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus in any child in Highland schools.

We will be working hard to keep schools open in line with national guidance. This is a constantly changing picture and the Highland Council and schools will keep you updated.

Please note that as a precaution all parents evenings and afternoons have been postponed until further notice, as have all school trips, including off-site lessons such as swimming.

In preparation for the possibility of extended school closures Highland Council has teams working across a range of matters including:

• Resources for children working at home

• Guidance for Senior Phase pupils as they prepare for examinations

• Continuing the provision of free school meals

As a Council we are responsible under the Civil Contingency Act and the current situation means that it is no longer business as usual in Highland or in Scotland and the UK as a whole. We very much appreciate your support and understanding at this difficult time.

Finally, we want to emphasise to you that your children are our priority throughout all of our work. As a reminder, if you have any concern, please check the national advice which is on the national Health Protection website.

For the latest advice phone the NHS helpline on 0800 028 2816.

Yours sincerely

Donna Manson

Chief Executive

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

4/4/2020
Change to waste and recycling services aims to protect staff
From Monday, a number of changes have been made in line with national guidance, to how we collect waste in order to protect staff, during the Coronavirus emergency.   To protect our staff, and prevent the spread of Coronavirus on our waste collection routes we have improved social distancing measures in line with guidance and in discussion with union reps.  
4/4/2020
Highland Council To Provide School Meals Throughout Easter Break
Highland Council will continue to provide school meals through e-vouchers to families throughout the school Easter break.  This is to recognise the particular difficulties many families will be experiencing due to the Coronavirus emergency.  
3/4/2020
Easter Childcare For Key Workers - Hubs to remain open over the spring break
Learning and childcare hubs for the children of key workers will remain open across Scotland over the Easter holidays.   The move will help support key workers in the NHS and other key sectors on the frontline of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).  
1/4/2020
Supporting Local Highland Businesses During Covid-19
The Highland Council is working hard to release business grants to eligible local businesses as quickly as possible.   The Council has received over 2,000 applications since the scheme was introduced last week and has set up systems to process these applications quickly while ensuring the necessary information is received.  
1/4/2020
Busy First Week For Highland Council's Covid-19 Helpline
Since The Highland Council's dedicated helpline went live last Wednesday afternoon staff have dealt with over 1,600 calls.   The helpline has been set to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support.  
1/4/2020
Help available for Council Tax payers in Highland
Council tax payers in Highland who have lost their jobs or are experiencing a drop in their income are being encouraged to apply as quickly as possible for a reduction in their council tax.   This help, known as the ‘Council Tax Reduction Scheme', is available for lower income households, including home owners.  
1/4/2020
Billing Pause For Business Rate Payers In Highland
Around 19,000 business rate payers in Highland will not receive their annual rates bill this April.   The Highland Council recognises the exceptional economic challenges for local business and has therefore decided to pause business rates bills in respect of financial year 2020/21.  
1/4/2020
Shielding For The Extremely Vulnerable In Highland
What is 'shielding'? If you fall within one of the groups recommended to shield, you will have received a letter or text from the NHS.   Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising contact between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.  
31/3/2020
Stay At Home Guidance - Parks, Open Spaces And Public Toilets
During this time of restrictions it is important that we all stay active, for our physical health and mental well being.   Recreation outside is an important element of this, but it is essential that each of us practice good social distancing while outside.  
28/3/2020
Highland Council Helpline Now Up And RunningThumbnail for article : Highland Council Helpline Now Up And Running
The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19.   The single line number - 0300 303 1362 - will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.  

[Printer Friendly Version]