Renfrewshire Council

NHS Test and Protect confirmed case in a primary school

You will receive this letter if there has been a confirmed case identified in a pupil or staff member at your child's primary school.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Parent or Carer

I write to confirm that your child may have had 'low risk' contact with a person who has Coronavirus (COVID-19). This means they may have shared a classroom or had some other low risk contact in school.

There is no need for your child to isolate unless you are contacted separately by NHS Test and Protect and asked to do so. Your child should continue to attend school if they are well and do not have to self-isolate for any other reason. Whole classes are no longer asked to self-isolate if someone in the class tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your child will only be identified as a contact if they have had prolonged close contact with the case, such as living in the same household, or overnight stays.

Please be reassured that for most people Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. For those people who are eligible, vaccination is highly effective at preventing severe disease.

What we are asking you to do

Please be vigilant for symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you or anyone in your household develops symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) then all household members must self-isolate. A PCR test should be booked as soon as possible for anyone who has symptoms. Your whole household should stay at home until the test result comes back.

If you and your child are willing to test, and if your child has not tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 90 days, we would request that your child takes a lateral flow device (LFD) test before returning to school. This is not required but testing can help to reduce the likelihood of spread in schools by catching infections early. If the test is positive your whole household should self-isolate and you should arrange a PCR test for your child. Please ensure that you record all test results, whether positive, negative or void, on the online portal or by phoning 119. There is no need for your child to test regularly as part of attending primary school.

To help reduce the risk to your family and your school community, please also follow wider Scottish Government guidance;

  • Arrange vaccination as soon as possible, if you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated. See information on how to arrange a vaccination. Vaccination is our best defence against Coronavirus (COVID-19) causing anyone to become seriously unwell.
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance, keep your distance, keep rooms ventilated, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • 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.

How to arrange a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test

Free at-home lateral flow device (LFD) test kits are available for you and your primary school-aged children to collect from Coronavirus (COVID-19) test centres, pharmacies, or for delivery by ordering online. See more about getting tested in Scotland.

Further Information

For general Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and information:

Yours sincerely

Linda de Caestecker

Director of Public Health
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde