COVID-19 school updates

Primary 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.


  • 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 

Access to schools

  • parents and carers are able to bring children into playgrounds in the same way as was happening before the summer. This will benefit a range of families including those who are supporting children transitioning from early years education into primary school
  • schools will meet all the measures set out in the guidance from Scottish Government needed to make this happen
  • where virtual arrangements for other parental engagement are already in place and working well, these will continue to be used

Ventilation/working outdoors

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.