Renfrewshire Council

NHS Test and Protect confirmed case in a secondary school

You will receive this letter if there has been a confirmed case identified in a pupil or staff member at your child's secondary 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 Test and Protect and asked to do so. Your child should continue to attend 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 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.

Wherever possible your child should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before returning to school, and should continue to test regularly (twice-weekly) thereafter. Your child should not take a lateral flow test if they have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 90 days. 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. 

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 lateral flow test kits are available to all secondary school children from the school. Please contact the school directly if they have any problems accessing tests. Kits are also for you and your primary-school aged children by collection from Coronavirus (COVID-19) test centres, pharmacies, or for delivery by ordering online. See more about getting tested in Scotland.

For a PCR test, book a test at NHS Inform for your nearest Coronavirus (COVID-19) test site. There are drive-through, walk-through, and mobile testing units across Scotland which are open from 8-am until 8pm, 7 days a week. See a full list of sites where you can get tested or you can order a home PCR test kit online, or by calling 119. A test will then be delivered to your home. To return you can either drop the test 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.

Further Information

For general Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and information:

Yours sincerely

Linda de Caestecker

Director of Public Health
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde