COVID-19 school updates

Secondary schools

All secondary school pupils returned on a full-time basis on Monday 19 April.

This replaced the previous arrangements which saw young people learn in a blended manner with some time at home and some in school.

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.

As more COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed nationally over the coming weeks and months we will carefully consider what other school and extra-curricular activities can begin to take place again and will communicate these details with everyone in due course.

School transport

School transport routes are mainly running as normal and any minor changes to individual routes will be communicated directly from schools.

Face coverings should be worn at all times.

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.

Face coverings

Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all pupils and staff in the school building and on transport. If your child is exempt from wearing a face covering please ensure that the school is informed of this. Lanyards will be provided for these pupils to avoid them being challenged.

We expect all other pupils to comply with this requirement and in order to ensure the safety of other members of the school community, any young person refusing to wear a covering may be required to have additional limits on movements within the school considered.

Social distancing

There is no requirement for social distancing between pupils during the school day.

School staff and other adults in the school should continue to apply strict 2m distancing when with other adults and with pupils.

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.