There are a number of updates on the situation regarding the Coronavirus from the point of view of the school. I would just like to say how grateful we are for supportive comments to the school as we respond to local and national guidance at this time. The happiness and well-being of the children of MOL, families, staff and wider community is uppermost in our minds throughout this difficult time.
From the school’s point of view, it would greatly help our management of the situation on a daily basis if we could ask parents to adhere to the following guidelines in reporting absence/contacting the school:
- When contacting the school about absence, the correct procedure is to leave a message by pressing 1 when asked by the recording. At this point please leave the name of the child, class, date, reason for absence and expected length of absence
- For calls not connected to absence, and to speak to a member of the office staff, please phone after 10.00am.
The office is especially busy at the moment and we would greatly appreciate your consideration and support with this – thank you.
Updated guidance from Highland Council based on UK/Scottish government advice:
It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or high temperature.
Information for the public on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on NHS Inform.
Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Further advice on these measures will be available on NHS Inform shortly.
Click on the link below for parents’ letter for more information (also posted yesterday on the blog)
The status of letting of school facilities outwith school hours is currently being reviewed, and further advice will be issued to ensure a consistent approach across all settings. At this time schools should take NO further action to cancel lets until further advice is issued. Apologies that yesterday’s advice may have caused confusion.
Free School Meals
If your child/children could be entitled to free school meals, you are encouraged to sign up for this. The link for applying is:
Learning at Home
More information will follow about digital learning opportunities. The authority is planning alongside schools for digital learning access and we will provide information about this once it is ready.