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Highland Council praises staff, pupils and parents following "successful" first term since Covid-19 pandemic struck


By Philip Murray

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Cllr John Finlayson.
Cllr John Finlayson.

SCHOOL pupils, parents and staff have been praised by senior Highland councillors after making a success of the first full term under Covid-19.

Council leader Margaret Davidson, and education committee chairman Cllr John Finlayson were speaking as schools prepare to break up for the traditional October holidays.

Cllr Finlayson said: “As we come to the end of a tough, busy, and successful first Covid-19 school term I would like thank all staff that work in and support our schools to let them know that we appreciate how they have coped in these difficult times.

“I would also like to thank all the non-school staff who have worked hard, sometimes in the background to keep our schools open especially through local outbreaks. What has been achieved during the first term of the session has well and truly been a team effort.

“A special thank you is also extended to our pupils and parents across the region for all they have done in their support by following guidance to help minimise risk.

“We have worked hard to ensure that pupils continue to receive their education including those that have to self-isolate through the continued provision and development of online learning.

“I wish everyone in Highland schools a safe October break and look forward to a refreshed return in the second term.”

Cllr Margaret Davidson.
Cllr Margaret Davidson.

Cllr Margaret Davidson added: “The continued functioning of our schools in Highland is vitally important not only for our children but also the wider community and the economy.

“My deepest gratitude goes out to everyone both on the front line and behind the scenes who has worked extremely hard to ensure that we have been able to deliver a first term of education to over 200 schools and in excess of 30,000 pupils across the largest local authority area in the UK.

“Councillors appreciate how challenging it has been to deliver an education service during a pandemic and we thank everyone associated with our schools for all their hard work and continued endeavours.”

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