Keep yourself informed of the latest advice in order to protect yourself and others.
Do you or your child have either:
- a high temperature or fever
- a new continuous cough
- a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste
Note: A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual
The government advises a period of self-isolation (currently for a minimum of 10 days for the person with symptoms and 14 days for the rest of your household) and to book a test at a testing centre for the family member that has symptoms.
If you have any concerns about your child; they are vulnerable or have low immunity please call 111 or check NHS24 online for further advice, or contact your GP by telephone. Please do not visit your GP surgery in the first instance.
Highland Council has put a range of measures in place to help those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. The information attached will help you to understand the various kinds of support they can offer.
Statement by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer – 19/03/20
This is an unprecedented situation, and the closure of schools for an extended period will affect almost every family across Scotland.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has recently been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet, including disruption and postponement. However, as the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead and I have been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.
That work has started, at pace, and I will say more on that as soon as I can. What I can say now is that we want to ensure that we have as much information on the achievements of learners as possible.
That is why the Deputy First Minister has asked schools and colleges to continue to work with young people to ensure that any units and coursework are completed and estimated grades are provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year, to SQA’s existing deadlines, or earlier if that is possible. For many learners, we will also have prior attainment information which will be helpful to us.
I fully appreciate that this will be an uncertain time for learners who have worked hard throughout the year and will now, with their families, be worried about what this means for them. Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, with the support of the education system, to ensure that their hard work is rightly and fairly recognised, and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.
We will work to ensure that learners receive their results no later than 4 August, as planned. We are considering more fully the impact this decision will have on our exceptional circumstances and post-results services. I will confirm that we will offer a free post-results service to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.
I would strongly encourage all candidates to sign up to MySQA, our online and text service, as a direct way to receive their results.
Everyone at SQA is fully committed to delivering for Scotland’s young people at this exceptionally difficult time.
This is an unknown and stressful time for all involved. We fully understand that pupils and parents/guardians have a lot of questions, Highland Council will be updating schools and when this comes in we will issue to parents/guardians. The school email email@example.com will continue to be monitored during the school closure and we will try to respond to your queries as quickly as possible.
If you have not been receiving these update emails, we may not have an accurate or up to date email for you, so please send an email to the address above and you can be added.
Mr McCrow is also checking that we have up to date parent/guardian email contacts for the your child’s google classroom account, so you may receive an invite to accept updates from this service. Please check your inboxes and get in touch if this link isn’t working.
Tom Magowan, Ruairidh Ross, Jared Simpson
Senior Management Team
School Closure Information
- Parents may call 0800 564 2272 to access your schools’ information. Please note, you will need the unique pin number for your school which is 04 21 50
- The Council’s website http://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures will be updated with information for individual schools
- The Council’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil will show updated posts on the latest news of school closures and weather related problems
- The Council’s Twitter page at https://twitter.com/HighlandCouncil will list Tweets of the latest news of school closures and weather related problems
Adverse Weather Arrangements letters issued:
Letter to parents/guardians – 18 November 2019 by email.
Guidelines to parents and pupils for adverse weather – 18 November 2019 by email.
With the School having to close, Kirsty our Careers Adviser will be unable to see pupil face to face. However she will still be available to give careers information, advice, guidance and support to any pupil or parent. You can contact Kirsty by emailing Kirsty.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning her on either 0141 468 7341 or 07770641430.