Stay Safe!

Good morning parents & carers.

Social Distancing in playground

Please keep your distance at all times in our playground and at the school gates.

Face coverings are advised due to groups of adults congregating together.

Please see attached letter from NHS Inform.

I have moved barriers to widen path at P4 door & reallocated the outdoor P1 play space to give more room for parents waiting. The path repairs are now being undertaken next weekend.

Reporting Pupil Absence & Symptoms

 Thank you for giving a CLEAR description of symptoms and reason(s) for pupil absence.

REMINDER – If anyone living in your household is symptomatic (however mild) with fever/temperature, new continuous cough and or affected taste/smell, ALL siblings and household members MUST Isolate. Please DO NOT attend school & follow NHS Guidance.

See extract below from latest NHS guidance:

If a child, young person or staff member calls in sick or is sent home with COVID symptoms, must they remain off school for at least 10 days?

Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a fever/high temperature, and/or a change or loss in taste and/or smell should self-isolate (with their household) and get tested.

Lots of other illnesses have some symptoms similar to COVID-19. Without a test, anyone experiencing those symptoms should self-isolate for at least 10 days (and 14 days for their household). They can only come out of isolation once the 10 days have passed, and then only if their symptoms have improved and they have been without a fever for at least 48 hours. Acting early and getting tested means that, should they test negative, they can come out of isolation once their symptoms improve, they have not had a fever for 48 hours, and they feel well enough to do so.

If a child or young person tests negative, and is well enough to return to school and has not had a fever for 48 hours, their parent/carer should show evidence of their test result to the Head Teacher/senior team. This helps monitor cases and keeps the school community safe and reassured. 

If someone is experiencing other symptoms e.g. blocked/runny nose, headache, sore throat, etc., but not including any of the classic COVID-related symptoms, they should stay off school until their symptoms have resolved and they feel well. There is no need to self-isolate for 10 days, no need for their household to isolate, and no need to get tested for COVID-19.

 If a child or young person’s parent/carer tests positive (or has COVID symptoms) must the child stay off school for 14 days?

Yes. This guidance has not changed, and all household members must self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their household develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. Children and young people may be less likely to display symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, but we do not know how likely they are to play a part in spreading it.

If someone is isolating with COVID-19, do they need to get a negative test before they can return to school?

No, the test picks up traces of virus in the nose and throat, and in some cases those traces will remain once a person has recovered and is no longer infectious. So a repeat test, following a positive result, is not helpful and should be avoided.The important thing is to self-isolate and get tested as soon as any classic COVID symptoms develop (cough/ fever/ change or loss in smell/taste) and, if the test is positive, to stay isolated for at least 10 days (14 days for any household members) and only come out of isolation once symptoms have improved and there has been no fever for at least 48 hours.

I understand that pupil (and staff) absence rates are likely to be higher given these restrictions and our need to be vigilant to keep everyone safe. Please follow the guidance above.

Best wishes

Helen Donaldson rity52 \lsdl