Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all enjoyed a restful Christmas.
Please see attached letter from Nicky Grant, issued just now, with updated information about extended school closures and remote learning.
As intimated before the Christmas break, the school holiday has been extended for pupils until Monday 11th January. Remote learning will begin on 11th January and will now continue until at least the end of the month. School staff are back at work tomorrow and will be planning for online learning. We hope to have an update on these plans to all parents by Friday 8th January but ask that in the meantime, you please ensure that you can access Google Classroom and get in touch with Class Teachers if there are any difficulties in this.
The school will be open only for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Please note that vulnerable children have all been contacted by the school and key workers have been in touch to identify their need of a space. In light of the latest lockdown and Stay at Home guidance, Highland Council have now stated that “a place in school will only be available when there are no other possible solutions for childcare”. For parents working from home or where only one parent is classified as a key worker, parents are asked to reconsider their need for a place. As indicated in the attached letter, the school will be running on skeleton staff as per the Scottish Government guidance and contacts are to be kept to an absolute minimum.
For parents that have requested key worker places, these are required to be reviewed and we ask you to please reconfirm which days that a space for your child is absolutely required. Pupils should only be attending only when required to allow parents to go out to work. This may mean that you only require a space for certain hours of the day or certain days of the week. Please get in touch as soon as possible to confirm your requirements in light of the guidance issued above.
We will send out guidance as and when it becomes available but please do get in touch with any questions or concerns.