Renfrewshire Council

NHS Test and Protect confirmed case in a school

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

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Parent or Carer

There has been a reported case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in a person linked to your child's school. You don't need to do anything unless you care contacted by NHS Test and Protect as a close contact.

Current arrangements

Whole classes or 'bubbles' are no longer asked to self-isolate if someone in a school tests positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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.

There will be no requirement for you or your child to self-isolate unless you are contacted by NHS Test and Protect.

All close contacts of the case who need to take specific actions will be identified, contacted and advised by NHS Test and Protect to follow the latest guidance on self-isolation and testing, which was updated on Monday 9 August 2021 for: 

  • adults who are fully vaccinated, who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive
  • children and young people aged under 18 who do not have symptoms and who have not tested positive. 

Further information on the latest self-isolation requirements can be found on the NHS Inform website. Translations, accessible, easy read formats or other languages are available.

Regular testing

Regular testing even when you don't have symptoms can help keep you and your school community safe.

If your child is at secondary school, they can access free lateral flow device (LFD) tests from the school, to allow them to test twice-weekly at home as long as they have no symptoms. Please contact the school directly to ask about this if your child is having problems accessing tests.

Please encourage your child to test twice-weekly, and to record all positive, negative or void results on the online reporting portal.

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 lateral flow device (LFD) test kits are available for collection from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test centres or pharmacies, or for home delivery by ordering online.

Book a test if you or your child develop symptoms

Please be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), they must not attend school. They should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Find out about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing on the NHS Inform website.

All other household members of your child (including yourself) must also stay at home and follow the latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) self-isolation and health guidance, which can be found on the NHS Inform website. In the event of a positive result, NHS Test and Protect will contact you to provide tailored advice on what to do.

Book a test on the NHS Inform website for your nearest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test site. There are drive-through, walk-through, and mobile testing units across Scotland which are open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. A full list of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test sites can be found on the Scottish Government's website. You can also order an at-home PCR test kit online, or by calling 119. A test will then be delivered to your home. To return the test, you can either drop it 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.

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 (Coronavirus).

  1. get vaccinated if you haven't already done so and are eligible. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 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 the NHS Inform website
  2. regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  3. cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues straight in the bin and wash your hands.
  4. open windows and doors regularly to ventilate your home
  5. be vigilant for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms and self-isolate when you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms or have been advised to by Test and Protect.

Further Information

For general Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and information:

Yours sincerely

Linda de Caestecker

Director of Public Health
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde