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Council Launches Winter Adverse Weather Web Site For Schools In Highland
Parents in Highland can now log on to their computer to check if their child's local school is closed by bad weather.

The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service has developed a new winter weather website, www.winter.highlandschools.org.uk , which is now operational. Parents just need to click on to the relevant geographical area for local school closure information.

The website allows parents to access school closure information on the internet, thus reducing pressure on the very heavily used school telephone PIN number system.

Parents are being assured that schools will continue to update the PIN number facility as well as the new website.

And they are also encouraged to listen to radio broadcasts for regular winter weather updates on school closures.

Bruce Robertson, Director of Education Culture and Sport, said: "Our aim is to provide clear, unambiguous information to parents with regard to school closures during periods of adverse weather. Given the increasing use of computers at home, we have developed a website an extension to our winter weather information system.

"While we can provide as much information and advice as we can, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, when the weather is bad. The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school, but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important. Parents should therefore continue to use good judgement in deciding whether it is safe to send a child to school."