Renfrewshire Council

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde letter to parents at Johnstone High School - 10 September 2020

Letter sent by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to parents at Johnstone High School, 10 September 2020

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Parent/Carer

I have previously made you aware that our Test and Protect team was carrying out COVID-19 contact tracing at Johnstone High School. As you may be aware, we have since identified cases amongst a small number of pupils and staff at the school and I am writing to reassure you of the actions that have been taken.

All pupils should continue to attend school if they are well and unless they have been asked to self-isolate.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health have worked closely with the school and local authority to identify all close contacts within the school. All contacts have been advised to self-isolate as a precaution. The household members of any contacts that have been identified since Monday 7 September will also be asked to self-isolate due to new local restrictions announced by the First Minister. Environmental Health Officers have provided additional input to the school and robust control measures are in place to ensure appropriate cleaning and social distancing. We will continue to monitor the situation and take any further action that is required.

At a time when we are seeing more cases of COVID-19 within our local community it is essential that everyone observes the rules on social distancing and other measures to prevent infection.

If anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 the symptomatic person should self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible. Everyone else in the household should also stay at home if someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms. A test is only required if you have symptoms of Covid-19. The symptoms include:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

The school will work with parents and carers of any child who has been asked to self-isolate to minimise the disruption to learning for those pupils who need to self-isolate.

Further information on COVID-19 including on what to do if you develop symptoms and how to access a test is available from NHS Inform: NHS Inform - Coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions for schools are available at NHSGGC - schools FAQs

Yours faithfully

Linda de Caestecker

Director of Public Health
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Thursday 10 September 2020