The Scottish Government published updated guidance on 21 December. The guidance continues to emphasise the need for a range of measures to keep staff, children and young people in schools safe from COVID-19.
Key points you should be aware of which apply to all our schools:
- 'bubbles' of class groups have been reintroduced where practical on a school-by-school basis. Your school will share information with you on their particular circumstances
- physical distancing between children and staff is still required: most schools will keep the same 2m distancing arrangements they have in place already - please refer to your own school information for details
- there is still no requirement for strict physical distancing between children in school
- enhanced ventilation will remain in place so your child should come to school with clothing suitable to keep them warm and in line with the uniform policy
- masks are still needed at all times on home to school transport unless your child is exempt - find out more about home to school transport arrangements
- packed lunches will conitnue to be served in classrooms until 21 January. A further update will be given by your school in week beginning 17 January
- hand sanitising will continue to be required when entering and leaving school building and within individual classrooms
- parents/carers are still unable to come into school during the COVID-19 recovery (unless by prior arrangement and risk assessed) - all communications must be via email or telephone. Parent councils must also meet remotely
- if your child was previously shielding or has a health condition: please contact your school 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 Monday 9 August 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 school. 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