The Scottish Government has updated its guidance which is aimed at keeping children and young people in schools and early learning and childcare settings safe from COVID-19.
Key points you should be aware of which apply to all our council early years settings:
- children are not required to physically distance from each other, or from adults
- enhanced ventilation will remain in place so your child should come to nursery with clothing suitable to keep them warm and for outdoor play
- parents/carers should wear face coverings when they drop-off and pick-up their children (unless exempt)
- handwashing will take place on arrival at the setting, at regular intervals throughout the day and when moving between different areas
- blended early learning placements are possible but if there is an outbreak within the arrangement in either of the settings that your child attends, blended placements must be suspended
- if your child was previously shielding or has a health condition, please contact your nursery by email to ensure their return to learning can be supported
Changes to Test and Protect/ self-isolation
The national policy on self-isolation, contact tracing and testing for children and young people aged under 18 has been updated. Whole classes will no longer be asked to self-isolate if someone in the class tests positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Your child will only be identified as a contact if they have had prolonged close contact with the case, such as living in the same household, or overnight stays. There will be no requirement for you or your child to self-isolate unless you are contacted by Test and Protect.
All close contacts of the case who need to take specific actions will be identified, contacted and advised by NHS Test and Protect to follow the latest guidance on self-isolation and testing which was updated from Thursday 6 January 2021 for:
- adults who are fully vaccinated, who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive
- children and young people aged under 18 who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive
What should I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms?
If your child/young person is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not send them to nursery. You should inform the school office of their absence in the usual way then self-isolate following guidance from NHS Inform and Test and Protect.
The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- a new, continuous cough
- a fever/high temperature
- a change or loss in taste and or/ smell
Further information is available at www.nhsinform.scot