Coronavirus Information for Parents
Highland Council to launch e-vouchers for free school meals
Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020.
This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed. For the majority of pupils, this will be delivered digitally through e-vouchers for food in local supermarkets.
Enabling choice will provide flexibility and also help to reduce waste, as food can be purchased according to need or preference in the household. Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel.
The impact of Coronavirus has caused many vulnerable families additional hardship and this process will ensure that the most vulnerable children can get food.
Highland Council continues to investigate other ways of providing food across the Highlands for vulnerable groups within the rapidly changing environment. This includes working closely with High Life Highland, Eden Court and our many partners including the Third Sector. Further information will be provided in due course.
Cllr John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee, said: “The provision of school meals is a priority service that we are committed to delivering including during when schools are closed in the current times. I applaud the Highland Council staff who are working hard to implement this service as quickly as possible and for e-vouchers to be issued next week”.
A helpline number has been set up for anyone who is struggling and needing urgent help during this crisis. The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.
I attach the letter received today from Donna Manson at the Highland Council with information for the weeks ahead regarding school closures and provision.
Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to be returned to the Primary School before children start in the High School. We will let you know in due course when the School will be open again.
Chromebook Chargers: When they received their Chromebook, your child was also given a branded charger. The school does not carry a stock of spare chargers but new, compatible ones can be purchased from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=DP%2FN+09RN2C&ref=nb_sb_noss. The compatible part no is DP/N 09RN2C.
By the end of this week, we hope to have P1-5 pupils set up on Google Classroom.
Pupils will be given their username and passwords in class. If your child is not in class this week then we will email the details to parents. If you do not receive details by email, please contact the school so we can ensure we have your up to date email address.
Instructions for parents can be found below.