*Welcome to Highland Digi School Hub*

This site is intended to be of use and interest to PUPILS, STAFF and PARENTS/CARERS alike.

If you are a PARENT/CARER, please click directly below to go to the page that applies directly to you:

***VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL STAFF FROM HIGHLAND COUNCIL'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE***

Message from the Chief Executive:

You will probably be aware that the Government has charged local authorities with providing child care for essential workers – these are staff who are in the front line dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and also delivering critical public services – doctors, nurses, social workers, home care, welfare support and many others.

We urgently need people who have skills and experience in working with children and young people to volunteer to help in these Key Worker Centres as soon as possible to enable these critical services that we all rely on to continue at this time of national emergency. If you are not required to self isolate due to illness, please consider volunteering to take on a role in this new key worker provision by clicking on the following link and completing the volunteering form here. By doing so, you will be directly contributing to the national effort to save lives and deliver essential services to Highland communities.

We need to set up these centres from Thursday (25th), so please can you complete the form as soon as possible if you are available to start straight away. You can also complete in slower time if you will be available later on.

You will also shortly be receiving a further communication about volunteering more generally for critical council services and if you do not feel able to volunteer for the Key Worker Hubs, I would urge you to volunteer for these other initiatives.

This request for assistance is consistent with Government and trades union guidance.

Over the past days and week I have been enormously impressed by the way in which staff have responded to the challenges we are now facing. You have shown yourselves to be flexible, caring and courageous. You are a credit to the Council, thank you.

Donna Manson

Latest Highland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please click below to navigate to the council's latest guidance and information around COVID-19. This link will take you to the most updated page at all times.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus

New Online Support Service for Staff is Available Now

The Highland Council are partnering with an organisation called Spectrum.Life to give you access to a new free and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) service. The service provides free mental wellbeing support, fitness plans, legal assistance, financial advice, and eLearning content related to a variety of wellbeing topics.

The service is available to all Council staff and your families, including partners/spouses and any dependents, over the age of 16 still living at home, and Elected Members, can now access online support 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. You do not need to use a council device (computer or smartphone) to access this service. You can access it from home.

The support includes a range of topics, including:

· Depressions, anxiety,

· Grief and bereavement

· Addictions

· Relationship problems

· Work stress

· Work life balance

· Workplace conflict

· Career progression

· Retirement

· Legal Assistance

· Financial Assistance

· Consumer Assistance

· Mediation

You can access all this via an online chat function through the platform or by requesting a call back.

To make use of this new, confidential service, please follow this link (https://thehighlandcouncil.spectrum.life/login?org=j5n2Rh73)

Staff should continue to use the helpdesk on 01349 886610 or email corona.staff@highland.gov.uk for specific questions about their job, terms and conditions, etc.

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

The following link takes you to some guidance around how to ensure a positive well-being in this challenging time and may be of interest to both staff and parents.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/