Coronavirus Update

Due to staffing levels we will be closed to all S1 pupils for the remainder of this week. This is an ongoing situation which will be reviewed regularly. Please check our website/Facebook for updates.

A number of schools have requested information and advice concerning children returning from or going on school trips or holidays in Northern Italy.

For those who have returned from Northern Italy, the advice from the NHS regarding coronavirus covid-19 is that the risk to individuals is very low. If travellers to Northern Italy, outwith quarantined towns, remain well they can continue to maintain their normal activities and can attend school.

However if they develop respiratory symptoms in the next 2 weeks, they should self-isolate – telephone 111 or GP, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

The symptoms are:
• a cough
• a high temperature
• shortness of breath

These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have the virus as they are very similar to other illnesses which are much more common, such as cold and flu. Further details can be found at www.nhsinform.scot

You will appreciate that the national and international situation is changing rapidly so if this advice changes we will contact you again in the coming days. If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact your Area Care & Learning Manager.

See news release on council website at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/12335/the_highland_council_-_letter_to_parents_re_school_trip_to_northern_italy

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The Highland Council

For many pupils, difficulties in reading can stem from contrast sensitivity. Many of us can cope with the traditional black and white but for some it is very difficult to read due to the stark contrast.

Pupils who have this issue may:
• Talk about text jumping, lumping or shimmering
• Rub their eyes when reading
• Wriggle or being fidget when reading
• Express a feeling of fatigue when reading

Pupils adapt the contrast to suit their own preferences by setting the screen of their chrome book to the colour that causes the least contrast sensitivity by following these instructions:

1. To install the Change Colour extension, either visit the Google Chrome Extensions website using Google Chrome and search for the extension named Change Colours or go directly to the Change Colour extension.
2. Click on the install button to install the Change Colour extension.
3. Once installed, you will see the Change Colours icon at end of URL field.
4. Right-click on the icon and select Options to change background colour, text colour, links colour and visited links colour.
5. Once your options have been set, you can click on the icon to apply/remove your colour options.

S1 will be issued with letters tomorrow morning regarding an Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October from 4-6pm.

On this occasion each department will lay out examples of pupils work and your child will guide you between departments. This is not a time for individual meetings with parents about your son or daughter’s progress but a general look at the departments they visit each week.

Tear off slips are due back by Tuesday 1st October.

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