School Covid arrangements

Scottish Government updated its guidance for COVID-19 measures in schools on 13 April. The changes brings schools into line with the guidance in wider society and made a number of changes, which are summarised on this page. You can read the full guidance on the Scottish Government’s website.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer required in schools (including classrooms and communal areas). Face coverings remain recommended to keep all learners and staff safe and minimise the risk of disruption to learning. Anyone who wishes to continue to wear one will be supported to do so.

Home to school transport

Face coverings are no longer required on home to school transport as a condition of travel. However in line with the position on national transport, face coverings continue to be recommended to keep passengers and drivers safe.

Physical distancing

Distancing is no longer a requirement however all learners and staff are encourage to use ‘Covid sense’ and avoid crowding.

Testing

Twice-weekly asymptomatic testing is no longer required and schools no longer have access to stocks of Lateral Flow Devices. People with symptoms of Covid-19 are no longer required to test.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Learners and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home and not attend school until they are no longer considered infections.  Find out more about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how long you should remain at home from NHS Inform.

Enhanced cleaning and ventilation

This will remain in place. Good hand hygiene should continue to be practiced.

Test and protect/warn and inform

Schools are no longer required to issue ‘warn and inform’ letters if notified about a positive case of COVID-19. This follows changes to the national Test and Protect transition programme.

In person meetings and visits

In-person meetings with families and transition visits to schools can resume. Schools will have appropriate risk assessments in place and will share the measures with families in advance of any larger events (such as assemblies) so that parents/carers can make informed choices regarding whether to attend.