Back to school

5 important steps to help keep our education settings open: 1. wear a face covering, 2. one adult at drop off/pick up, 3. stay 2m apart, 4. avoid car sharing, 5. self-isolate if showing symptoms

For the latest information, guidance and advice:


Preparing to welcome Highland pupils back to school on Monday 19 April

All schools across Highland are looking forward to welcoming pupils back to classrooms on Monday.

The Scottish Government confirmed that the majority of pupils will return full-time to in-learning education after the Easter break, except for those that are shielding.

Pupils who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April and all other pupils in Highland will return to school on Monday 19 April.

The Scottish Government has confirmed the removal of 2 metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools. However, face coverings and other safety measures will remain in place and pupils should bring a face covering with them to school.

It has also been confirmed that 2 metre physical distancing will be removed on school transport, however pupils must still maintain distancing from any other person on board the vehicle. Parents and pupils can find the Council’s updated school transport protocol on our website.

Further information on the return to in-school learning for pupils on the shielding list will be made available when further national guidance has been received.


Covid testing

As pupils begin to return on a phased basis, The Highland Council and schools will start routinely to offer at-home testing using lateral flow devices to:

  • All primary, secondary and special school staff;
  • All ELC and childcare staff based in our schools; and
  • All senior phase pupils attending school.

Letters to parents and staff have been distributed to schools on testing. 

More information on Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing can be found on Parent Club Scotland's website.


New School Menus

The new look Spring/Summer 2021 Secondary School’s menu reflects changes in the school food regulations set by the Scottish Government.  This means increased availability of fresh fruit & vegetables and an increased fibre content within our menus. There is also a decrease in the sugar content in food & drinks and a considerable reduction in red meat provision particularly red processed meats. Items such as bacon, sausages, beef burgers and ham will  be offered less frequently and the range of drinks on offer contain no sugar. The new school food regulations in secondary schools is summarised here.

The new menu can be found here.


Welfare help

For advice and support if you need any welfare help and to apply for a Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant, please contact the Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004.

Find out more information about this grant.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's important to have the right information. Getting news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which is unhelpful when it comes to mental wellbeing. Visit for the most up-to-date and reliable information.

We have also partnered with Tree of Knowledge to provide mental health and wellbeing support to all pupils and staff across all 200 schools in Highland, through remote learning and beyond. All primary and secondary schools in Highlands 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. 


Further updates

Thank you very much for your support and patience. Please do not hesitate to make contact with your own school for further clarification.

See our resources page for further support and information.