Update from Depute Headteacher re COVID-19 FAQs

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find below a document prepared by NHS Lothian that aims to clarify specific questions and concerns that have been raised by parents and carers over the past few weeks.

I would like to emphasise that a young person should not attend school if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms.

  • A new, continuous cough and/or
  • A fever/ high temperature and/or
  • A change or loss in taste and/or smell

Note: A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

Download: COVID-19 FAQs for parents and carers V2 010920

Kind regards,

Craig Knight

Depute Headteacher

What to do if a young person shows any symtoms of COVID-19

Dear Parent/Carer,

As a reminder, if a young person shows any symptoms of COVID-19, it is essential that they do not attend school but instead self-isolate (along with their household) and book a test.


The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

A new, continuous cough

A fever/ high temperatures

A change or loss in taste and/or smell (anosmia).


If a young person tests negative they can return to school provided they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. Confirmation of the negative result should be sent to Dalkeith_hs@midlothian.gov.uk before the young person returns to school.


Thank you,

Craig Knight

Depute Headteacher

PE at Dalkeith High School (August 2020)

PE at Dalkeith High School – August 2020

Following recent guidance from Education Scotland, and in addition to the challenges of shared campus facilities, the PE dept has made the decision to ensure all PE lessons take place outdoors until further notice.  Staff are unable to monitor social distancing in the changing rooms.  There is no ventilation in the changing rooms and due to the nature of the corridor/ changing room layout, students changing would pose an increased risk to both staff and pupils. Therefore, changing rooms will only be used to store school bags and valuables. These will be locked during lessons.

Students are asked to dress in their PE kit on the days they have PE/ Wellbeing lessons on their timetable.  Activities have been planned to ensure light to moderate engagement.  Students should ensure they dress for the weather.

In the event of torrential rain, wet weather indoor facilities have been organised for non PE activities.

As the PE dept is a shared facility with St David’s high school, we have made plans to separate entry and exit points and all teaching areas to ensure further safety.  Students will be advised to enter and exit the DHS PE dept via the fire exit doors nearest to the astro. Further to this, additional sanitisation points will be found across the PE dept, including outdoor teaching areas.

Please find the link below, which can provide additional guidance.


We look forward to welcoming you back to the PE dept.