Dundee Schools Cases Update10/09/20
Update from Public Health, which is working with Dundee City Council, Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support around cases linked to schools in Tayside.
ST JOHN’S RC HIGH SCHOOL
- An additional positive case has been linked to St John’s RC High School. Contacting tracing has been carried out and a small number of pupil close contacts have been identified and parents have been contacted by education staff to advise that their child should self-isolate.
- The school remains open.
NHS Tayside Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Daniel Chandler said: "I would like to reassure parents that if you have not been contacted individually this means that your child has not been identified as a contact of the cases in the school, and they can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal.
“Risk assessments are being carried out however, parents should be assured that all appropriate precautions are in place and the schools remain open.”
Paul Clancy, Dundee City Council Executive Director of Children and Families Services, said: "Parents may be feeling more anxious as positive cases are identified in schools, however we are working closely with colleagues in Public Health to ensure there is a swift and appropriate response to ensure pupil and staff safety.”
Further information for parents and staff is available at www.taysidecares.co.uk
COVID-19 CASES IN SCHOOLS – GENERAL INFORMATION
For all parents, it is important that they know that if they have not been contacted individually, their child has not been identified as a contact of a case, and they can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal.
Many precautions have been taken in Tayside schools to limit the areas pupils access and the people they have contact with. This limits the spread of the virus and means that, if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a school, Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person. Parents/carers of children who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case will receive a letter from Public Health and/or a telephone call from ‘Test & Protect’ asking them to stay home for 14 days. The 14 days will start from the last exposure, which is likely to be before the confirmed case was tested.
If your child is asked to stay home because they have been in contact with a confirmed case at school, other household members do not need to self-isolate providing all household members are well. Siblings can continue to attend school if they have not been identified as a close contact and no one in the household is unwell. If you have not been contacted by Public Health then your child can continue to attend school providing they and the rest of the household are well.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school. You should arrange for your child to be tested and all household members should stay at home during this time.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform
If the test is positive your child should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
Further information is available at:
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