Nursery Google Classroom

We have set up a google classroom for parents of nursery children to interact with staff and share ideas/resources with one another. To access it go to classroom.google.com and login with the following details:

email/username: Grantown.ELCC@grantowngrammar.org.uk

password: Grantown123

End of Term

Happy Friday everyone!

Today is the last day of the school term and so there will be no updates on the Google Classrooms over the next 2 weeks until the start of the new term on Tuesday 14th April. From 14th April the plan is that teachers will post a weekly grid with suggestions of activities that children could do that week. This will be posted as an assignment and children will be able to share any work by ‘handing in’ the assignment and attaching any photos or files. Each day there will also be a simple question on each classroom for pupils to answer, which should only take a few seconds. Answering this question will act as a register for the day.

This holiday will no doubt be different from other holidays but I very much hope everyone is able to enjoy spending time at home with their families. The Highland Digital Schools Hub continues to be updated with information, resources and ideas so is a good starting point for anyone looking for ideas to keep their children engaged over the holidays: https://sites.google.com/millburnacademy.org.uk/highlanddigitalschoolshub/home The Highland Council has also set up a helpline to give assistance to anyone in need of support. 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 will continue to check in to emails and this group every few days over the holidays and share any urgent information with you on here and the school blog. Please continue to share information with any families you know who may not see it online.

Thank you for all the support you have shown the school over the past few weeks, it is very much appreciated by myself, Mrs Clark and all the staff team at GPS.

Take care, Miss Moss 🌈

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.

Clarification following guidance for childminders from the Scottish Government

Following the distribution of the Scottish Government guidance which sets out the implications for childminding services on 25th March 2020, there has been a request for clarification in relation to the number of households childminders can support at any one time and over the week.

The advice is that childminders should care for the children of no more than two households (in addition to the childminder’s own household) at any one time. Where childminders are working with more than two families over the course of the week, it is advised that they consider additional cleaning measures to reduce risk of transmission via surfaces and equipment.

You can down load the guidance here.