COVID-19 school updates

Secondary schools

We continue to have all necessary risk assessments and safety measures in place across our schools. However, support is available to young people and parents/carers who should contact their school if they have any worries or concerns.

Parents and pupils should continue to be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in your household. These are a new persistent cough, temperature/fever (37.8C or higher) and/or loss or change in ability to taste or smell.

Anyone with any one of the symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate immediately along with all household members and seek a COVID-19 test. You can arrange your test by visiting the NHS Inform website or phoning 0800 028 2816.

School transport

  • Face coverings should be worn at all times by children over the age of 12. Children aged 5-11, who were previously asked to wear face coverings, no longer need to do so. Face coverings must be disposed of safely and not left on the vehicle
  • It is essential that pupils using school transport remain in the same seats throughout the term and do not move about on buses during journeys. This not only minimises the risk of transmitting the virus but also enables only those pupils who genuinely would be considered ‘close contacts’ of a positive case to be asked to self-isolate 
  • Pupils must not consume food or drink whilst traveling on school transport .

Face coverings

All young people in S1-S6 will still be required (unless medically exempt) to wear a face covering at all times in school.

Social distancing

Physical distancing between adults, and between adults and children and young people, should remain in place in school.

As previously, there is no requirement for strict physical distancing between children and young people in schools, although maintaining distancing between secondary school pupils is encouraged where possible.

Ventilation

Ventilation is still a key measure to reduce the transmission of the virus and as well as continuing to have windows open, schools will be making use of the outdoors whenever possible. Pupils should come to school with suitable clothing for lower temperatures or being outdoors.

Outside school grounds

Pupils will be allowed to leave the campus under usual school arrangements at lunchtime. Schools will however be reminding pupils of the need to ensure that the local community are not given cause for concern about their behaviour when out of school and the national guidance is followed such as wearing face coverings in shops.

COVID-19 testing

Lateral flow tests is offered to all S1-S6 students. We strongly encourage participation in the twice weekly testing which is an important factor in keeping the number of cases of the virus low. All staff will continue to be offered tests as well.

School catering

School catering continues to be in place as it was previously.