I am delighted that we now have our S3 pupils back in the building and we are once again working to capacity. The weather added some additional challenges in terms of pupils being outside but all have coped very well. I am also pleased to report that our S1 pupils are settling in very well and have really benefited from a phased return of all other year groups.
I would like to remind all parents/carers about the necessity of keeping home any young person who is displaying possible COVID symptoms. I have copied a section from Test and Protect guidance that has been sent to us by the Health Protection Team.
All children, young people and staff must be made aware that they must inform a member of staff or responsible person if they feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19.
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 (anosmia).
It is essential that people do not attend school if symptomatic, but instead self-isolate (along with their household) and follow guidance on NHS inform and from Test and Protect.
It is also essential that anyone identified as a contact of someone who tests positive for coronavirus must not attend school and should self-isolate for 14 days.
I am sure that you will have been as concerned as I was by the news that a number of young people who attend 3 separate schools in North Lanarkshire have tested positive for the disease. The Health Protection Team for the area are now investigating a possible link to an indoor gathering involving a number of young people. I have spoken to our pupils this morning about the need for all to follow the guidance that we have been given to keep everyone in our school community as safe as we can. I would appreciate it if you could reinforce these messages.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support.