Highland Council looks forward to schools return

School staff across Highland are looking forward to welcoming children and young people back to school starting from next week.

The vast majority of teaching and support staff will be returning to schools next week to enable our pupils to return on a phased basis starting on Wednesday 12th August. By 18th August, we aim to have all pupils back in all our schools.

Individual schools are already in the process of contacting parents with the exact details for local pupils. This detail will be provided through the normal channels of communication with parents and students.

A programme of deep cleaning across our school buildings is in the process of being completed before schools reopen.

We aim to deliver the enhanced cleaning specification across all of those buildings, with daily disinfection of touch points and surfaces. This is consistent with Scottish Government guidance to Councils.

Chief Executive Donna Manson said: “I would like to thank everyone for their patience, support and understanding, across all of our communities. “As we have just seen by the events in other areas, we must remain ready to respond to rapidly changing circumstances. Our absolute priority is to ensure as safe an environment as possible for everyone returning to schools  – all staff, pupils, parents, contractors and visitors. This is a considerable challenge, given the unique geography of the Highlands. I would also like to recognise the hard work and commitment of all our staff across the Council in supporting this very challenging programme in order to bring all children back to school by 18 August.”

Information on cleaning, on school transport and other detail can be found on our webpage www.highland.gov.uk/backtoschool and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

5 Aug 2020