27 March 2020
For immediate release
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.
If you do have any queries and are asked by the helpline to contact the school please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
23 March 2020
For immediate release
Council responds to Government lockdown
In light of the UK and Scottish Government’s decision tonight to begin a three-week lockdown in order to delay the spread of the Coronavirus, the Highland Council has taken the decision to cancel the provision of school meals tomorrow. The current format of provision would involve staff and children gathering at school premises and this would go against national advice and directives.
The Council’s Strategic Group will consider the announcement first thing tomorrow morning and the implications this will have for the delivery of essential services and the provision of welfare and humanitarian aid in a way that complies with the Government’s directive and protects life and our NHS services.
More information will be issued once this important step has been discussed with our Local and Regional Resilience Partners.
Hilton Primary will be open on Monday 23rd March from 1.30 to 2.30 for collection of any medication or school work needed for working from home.
The Inverness Royal Academy will be open daily from 11.00 to 2.00 next week for children eligible for Grab and Go Free School Meals.
Tomorrow will be a dress down day as thank you for the wearing school uniform throughout this term 🙂
Just a reminder Parents’ Evening tonight- Wednesday 18th March and tomorrow- Thursday 19th March is cancelled.
The cross country competition has been postponed until further notice.
Please read the attached document for more advice on the Coronavirus situation.
Coronavirus advice poster – Education – 4 March 2020
We are delighted to be able to say that our P4/5 team won the IDYFA Futsal tournament last weekend. They are also playing in the Winter Cup final against Inshes soon.
The P2/3’s have played several friendlies, with the P4/5’s & P6/7’s playing in league & cup competitions when the weather has permitted! The girls team have been training & played in a couple of matches.
We are looking for parent helpers & coaches for all our teams – the girls team inparticular. Please contact your childs coach or Gary Anderson (07803 045979) for more information. If you are interested help will be given by our current coaches.
Our P2/3 coach, Stuart organised an indoor competition that took place on Saturday. Six teams competed, including 2 Milton teams. Delighted to say Milton 1 won & Milton 2 came second!! Stuart had a great team of parents helping on the day, so a big thanks to all who gave up their time to help out.
P4/5’s are playing in the cup final on 8th March @ High School, a 9am KO – it would be great to see as many people as possible there supporting Milton.
P6/7 have not had much luck playing league qualifiers due to the awful weather.
The Girls have been busy training indoors just now – they are looking for some more girls to come along & join in.
Any queries please get in touch with Gary Anderson – 07803 045979