Primary schools

The Scottish Government has updated guidance aimed at keeping children and young people in schools safe from COVID-19. 

Key points you should be aware of which apply to all our schools:

  • 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
  • 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.

Find out more from Test and Protect

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 arrange for the child/young person to have a PCR test.

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

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