COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM HIGHLAND COUNCIL - 20th August 2020
We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.
Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform the school.
The key message is don’t go to school or work if you are ill
For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign -
- Face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
- Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
- Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
- Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 - a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell
There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.
Of course it has not been possible to hold either our Leavers’ or our Achievers’ Assemblies this year. However we were able to film the awarding of our Excellence prizes and the list of the recipients can be found at the end of this newsletter. This film can be accessed, for the month of July, on a secure YouTube link
Likewise, on Youtube, you can view the ‘best moments’ film which we have produced to celebrate our Leavers this year. It’s lovely to see how these pupils have blossomed since arriving at UHS in S1!
And the Art Dept has produced the following compilation of the fantastic work produced by students during lockdown – enjoy
2nd July 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
So, we have reached the end of a summer term, an academic year, quite unlike anything experienced before. The challenges have been enormous, have required an impressive effort on the part of everyone involved with UHS, youngsters and adults alike, and I would like to pay tribute to all of those endeavours. All of us, parents, pupils and staff have really pulled together and managed to keep a routine around education that I think has been helpful to a large majority of our young people. It has been a difficult time but, as is often the case, it is at times like these that people rise to the occasion and here at UHS we have countless examples of people going above and beyond - too many to list individually but you have our sincere thanks.
Thanks also to everyone who has volunteered for shifts at both the Key Worker and the Keeping in Touch Hubs. Teachers, PSAs, Primary, Secondary, Highlife staff, from Ullapool and beyond…what a difference these facilities have made - even just to hear laughter around the building and see children out playing in the sun has been so uplifting.
Of course next term contains many uncertainties and unknowns but the plan for our reopening remains primarily the same as the one which was discussed with the Parent Council and emailed out last week but with one key difference for the Senior pupils as set out below.
Needless to say we will closely watch the developments to do with COVID-19 between now and 11th August and be assured that safety will be the major driver for how we open ; however we will not be drawn into unnecessary or premature speculation. Confirmation of (and any changes to) the format of the school reopening will be sent out to you all in early August and, if there are discussions to be had resulting from new information or developments, we will keep you informed.
So, the first week back will look like this –
Wednesday 12th August S1 pupils only
This will allow us to do some introductory work around the High School - something which the P7 pupils missed as part of their normal Transition programme to the High School
Thursday 13th August S3 pupils only
This year group was the hardest hit by the lockdown, with many having real difficulty accessing their education. We will take this opportunity to assess and initiate an education recovery program, re-establishing relationships and expectations for this group.
Friday 14th August S2 pupils only
This year group worked well in lockdown so this day will focus on timetables and meeting up with their teachers. Friday will be a half-day as normal.
Having each year group in separately will also allow staff to go over and explain any protocols that have to be in place for COVID-19, for example one way systems, staggered lunches, etc. (More details on these will be available in August.)
The key change which I referred to above is that, from Monday, 17th August, the school will be open for all pupils, from S1 to S6. Our Senior school, with very few exceptions, have worked extremely hard during the lockdown, logging in to classes and carrying out the tasks requested of them. S4, S5 & S6 pupils will be expected to attend school from that Monday, thereby enjoying their full holiday entitlement (Highland Schools were due to re-open on 17th August, before the crisis hit).
SQA EXAMINATION UPDATE FOR PARENTS
DEVELOPING THE YOUNG WORKFORCE - APPRENTICE SHOWCASE
Please find below link provided by DYW to their website page which shows the advantages of being an apprentice.
IS YOUR CHILD HOPING TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE IN 2020?
The UCAS Parent Guide 2020 is designed to give guidance to anyone supporting a young person applying to study at a university or college in 2020.
Parents can sign up to receive emails, download the guide, and get top tips at www.ucas.com/parents.
The guidance team are happy to take calls or emails at any time of the year, on any issue.
Active Schools Link
Ben Bruce, our active schools co-ordinator, has set up a Facebook page to keep you up to date with opportunities in the area.
And here is a link to the Ullapool Community Sport Hub
Youth achievement drop in every Wed over lunch in Yvonne’s office in the High School.