Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have all had a happy Easter break. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone back in school tomorrow and wanted to give you a quick update on the latest covid-19 mitigations.
The Scottish government have updated their guidance and are recommending the following protective measures:
Stay at home and isolate
If anyone has symptoms of covid-19 or has tested positive, they should stay at home and isolate inline with the latest advice from NHS.
Washing hands thoroughly, at the right time and using appropriate products helps to prevent the spread of covid-19. We will continue to have hand sanitiser available for pupils, staff and visitors and we will continue regular surface cleaning.
This will continue to be a focus and we will be monitoring classroom and exam spaces to ensure we are maximising the air flow opportunities.
Twice-weekly LFD testing
The advice to test twice-weekly no longer applies (although local health teams can deploy testing as one of a suite of measures for outbreak management purposes if necessary).
Scottish Government Update: The legal requirement to wear a face covering in most indoor places and on public transport is being replaced with general safety guidance for people who are managing a workplace or organisation. From 18th April, schools should apply the approach within that workplace guidance to the use of face coverings by staff and secondary pupils in indoor communal areas in schools. In practice this means that the wearing of face coverings will not be mandatory, but it will remain encouraged in indoor communal areas in line with the workplace guidance. Any individual who wishes to wear a face covering in a school setting should continue to be supported to do so.
Therefore, we will no longer require pupils, staff or visitors to wear face coverings in communal areas. We will obviously continue to fully support those who choose to do so though.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE will continue to be readily available including disposable gloves, plastic aprons and face masks.
Visitors to school
There are no restrictions on visitors entering the school although they will be expected to comply with the school’s routine measures and arrangements. Therefore, we are now able to restart in person activities, e.g. parent council meetings, transition events and parents’ evenings.
If you, or your child, have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to seeing you very soon,
Miss Claire Meakin