COVID-19 Update September 2021
We currently have a very small number of people at Bertha Park High School isolating with COVID-19. This was to be expected as we returned after the summer break and although this may be a concern to hear, our numbers are very low in comparison to other areas.
All close contacts of the cases who need to take specific actions have been identified, contacted and advised to follow the latest guidance on self-isolation and testing.
Do I need to do anything?
There is no requirement for anyone to self-isolate unless contacted by Test and Protect. This could happen if the contacts your child has had in the school environment or other settings – most likely social or overnight settings – are assessed as requiring targeted action.
The school has multiple control measures in place against COVID-19, supported with regular testing of staff, to limit the risk of onwards transmission within the school environment.
If there are any further cases of COVID-19 in the school, Test and Protect and the local NHS Health Protection Team will work to ensure these individuals, and any of their relevant close contacts, are advised to self-isolate and follow the latest guidance.
What about testing?
Regular testing even when you don’t have symptoms can help keep you and our school community safe.
Please encourage your child to test twice-weekly, and to record all positive, negative or void results on the online reporting portal here.
Reporting results helps public health experts understand what is happening with COVID-19 in your area, so they can take early action to address any problems.
In addition, you and the rest of your family, including primary school-aged children, can access free test kits through the Universally Accessible Testing programme, which is available to everyone in Scotland. Free at-home LFD test kits are available for collection from COVID test centres or pharmacies, or delivery by ordering online. More information can be found here.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
Please be particularly vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 they must not come to school. They should stay at home from when their symptoms started, self-isolate, and get tested for COVID-19. Find out more on NHS Inform. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a new continuous cough and/or
- a high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, taste or smell (anosmia).
All other household members of your child (including yourself) must also stay at home and follow the latest guidance, which can be found on NHS Inform. In the event of a positive result, Test and Protect will contact you to provide tailored advice on what to do.
Booking a test
To get a test for you or your child if they or you develop symptoms, you can:
- Book a test at NHS Inform for your nearest COVID-19 test site. There are drive-through, walk-through, mobile testing units across Scotland which are open from 8-am until 8pm, 7 days a week. Small scale test sites have also been set up in Highland, Grampian and Argyll & Bute to provide access to testing within local communities. A full list of sites can be found at Gov.Scot.
- Order a home PCR test kit online, or by calling 119. A test will then be delivered to your home. To return you can either drop the test at your nearest priority post box, or if you are unable to go out, you can also call 119 to book a courier collection from your home.
It is important that anyone with one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms gets tested, so that anyone who tests positive knows to continue to stay at home and self-isolate. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child develops symptoms you can seek advice from NHS Inform.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. Do:
- get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so and are eligible. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell. If anyone who is eligible in your family or home have not yet been vaccinated, then they should arrange vaccination as soon as possible. This could also help you avoid having to self-isolate in the future. Information on how to arrange a vaccination can be found on NHS inform.
- regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands.
- open windows/doors regularly to ventilate your home
- be vigilant for COVID symptoms
- self-isolate when you have COVID symptoms or have been advised to by Test and Protect.