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Steps to help stay safe in school

I am aware of a positive Covid-19 case in my school. Although my children aren't displaying any Covid-19 symptoms, I am worried they may be asymptomatic with coronavirus. Can I get them tested?

Testing is not recommended for those without symptoms. The current test used in Scotland is reliable if the person has coronavirus symptoms. People should get tested in the first 3 days of symptoms appearing, although testing is effective until day 5. People won’t normally be tested after day 5 unless it’s for a specific reason as advised by HPT. In the event of an outbreak the HPT may recommend testing of people without symptoms as part of the investigation.

Further information and advice can be found at NHS Inform and Parent Club.

Advice and guidance to help stay safe in school

We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that we are working with our partners in NHS Highland Health Protection Team to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.

Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform your school. 

The key message is don't go to school or work if you are ill

For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Help to protect yourself and others

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

DO

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign:

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces (see Young Scot's website for information and advice for face coverings in secondary schools) 
  • Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
  • Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
  • Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 - a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell

There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.

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