Guidance on COVID-19 in Children

Click the link below to view/download the letter to parents (dated 31 August 2020) from Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director containing advice on the symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if your child has symptoms and the differences between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the common cold.

Coronavirus – Jason Leitch Letter on testing and common colds – 31 August 2020

Click the link below to view/download the letter to parents (dated 31 August 2020) from John Swinney, Deputy Prime Mister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

2020 Deputy First Minister Letter

Information is also available on the Parent Club website:  https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus

 

 

Face Coverings in Schools

The Scottish Government has updated their guidance on face coverings in schools. Effective 31 August 2020, the following applies:

In light of the latest scientific and public health advice, including World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, face coverings should now (unless exemptions apply) be worn:

• in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain
• on dedicated school transport by all children aged five and over, bringing it into line with guidance for public transport.

Click here to view/download the letter to parents.

face coverings letter for parents

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Information from the NHS:

  1. My child has symptoms that could be COVID=19.  What should I do?
  2. A member of my household has symptoms of COVID-19.  Can my child attend school?
  3. What will happen if the result is negative for my child or for a member of staff?
  4. I have heard that a child who was in my child’s class is being tested for COVID-19.  Do I need to do anything?
  5. I have heard that a teacher/staff member/pupil was at school with symptoms today.  What should I do?

AND 13 more questions….

Click the link below to view/download the NHS Factsheet.

COVID-19 – FAQs for NHS Highland area schools

Advice on COVID19

From the NHS Protection Team:

We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council 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 the 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)

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
• 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.