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Caithness kids learn at home

By David G Scott

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WITH school across the county closing their doors last week a home learning initiative has been rolled out to pupils.

Today (Monday, March 23), an online message was sent out from Wick High School saying there was "no need for pupils to register for school" in the morning.

Instead, teachers will "monitor attendance" through engagement with the work set online.

The message continued: "We have created an online resources page for pupils and parents to find the growing number of resources created by the school and by the Highland Council to assist with home learning. It can be found under the Covid-19 page on our website.

"This page includes online learning resources as well as Google Classroom codes for some subjects. This list will be updated as they become available."

Wick High School, along with other schools in the country, closed on Friday.
Wick High School, along with other schools in the country, closed on Friday.

Thurso High School said it hoped that its pupils were ready for their "working from home" routine at 9.30am on Monday morning.

"Pupils should have made themselves a space to work where they can keep their jotters and equipment. All Chromebooks should be charged and ready to go," it said in an online message.

"Parents can help by supporting and encouraging their children to develop a routine of work first, play later, and taking plenty of breaks and exercise. Pupils can download the planner we have sent them and make sure that they spread their work over the week."

The school suggested that children could plan to work with a group of friends through Google Hangouts if it helped to "keep them motivated".

It also said that pupils can ask their class teachers anything they are unsure about and can speak to their year heads or guidance teachers.

"Working alone will be very different and you will all have to be extra motivated but it is important not to miss out on what could be a lengthy period of time away from school."

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