We are pleased to have welcomed our young people back to school and hope that you and your families had a restful festive break.
As the pandemic continues its course we are in the position of having a number of young people and staff in isolation. You will be aware of the new guidance from the Scottish Government which states that new cases from today, Thursday 6th January 2022, the following comes into operation. However please note that anyone asked to isolate before 6 January should continue to follow the advice they were given at the time they were asked to isolate.
Cases identified from 6th January:
Positive cases are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. However, if the individual returns two consecutive negative LFD tests taken at least 24 hours apart with the first test no earlier than day 6 they may end isolation before the end of the 10 day period if they have no fever.
Close contacts who are fully vaccinated, having received 3 doses of the vaccination (plus 14 days) or are aged under 18 years and 4 months, can take daily LFD tests for 7 days instead of isolation – provided the tests are negative and they remains without symptoms. If someone has not received 3 doses of the vaccination, they will need to book a PCR test and even if this is a negative result, they will need to isolate for 10 days.
Advice on confirmatory PCR tests where people test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) test they are now not advised to get a PCR test to confirm infection but to follow isolation advice as it applies to them as a positive case – there is an exception for people who may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant who are advised to take a PCR test to ensure they can confirm their infection to be potentially eligible for financial support.
Yesterday, we spent some time in Personal Support going over the mitigations with young people again. A reminder that all young people should wear a face covering at all times in school, unless they have an exemption pass. Please ensure your child brings a face covering to school. Please don’t not send young people to school if they are experiencing any covid symptoms, anyone who is symptomatic should isolate and book a PCR test.
Thank you for your continued support,
Duncanrig Secondary School