Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 25 February 2021

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Your weekly coronavirus update

Scotland's phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions has been outlined this week by the First Minister.

If progress in suppressing the virus remains on track, the planned key phases and indicative dates are:

  • From 15 March, continuing school returns with P4 to P7, and more senior secondary pupils back in the classroom. The limit on outdoor mixing increasing to four people from a maximum of two households.
  • From early April, stay at home restriction to be lifted and any final school returns. Communal worship in limited numbers and the re-opening of some retail.
  • From the last week of April, return to a levels approach with all of Scotland moving to at least Level 3. A phased re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers.

There is likely to be a gap of at least three weeks between each phase to assess the impact and check it is safe to proceed further.

For more details and the latest information visit the Scottish Government website.


Wellbeing for wee ones

We want to send a huge thank you to all our staff who have supported our youngest children back into nursery and primary school for the first time this year - our teachers, school and early years staff, office staff, cleaners, and the catering and janitorial teams.

This week is an important first step towards welcoming all our children and young people back when it is safe to do so. For many others, learning remotely at home will continue for a while yet.

The wellbeing of staff, children and young people and their families and carers is vital. If you are worried about a child, please know that our nurseries and schools are here to help.

Call or email your child's nursery or school for help and support, or email reps@renfrewshire.gov.uk to speak to our Coping During COVID family support service.

You can also visit, Parent Club online for expert advice to help you support your child's development and emotional wellbeing including a dedicated Wellbeing for Wee Ones hub for babies and toddlers.


Community testing

Residents of Gallowhill in Paisley are being asked to visit a mobile test centre for people without symptoms from today (Thursday 25 February).

We are assisting the Scottish Ambulance Service to manage the centre which is split across two sites and will remain in place for one week.

This is part of a national expansion of community testing for those without symptoms which will also see testing made available to more communities like Gallowhill, that are experiencing stubbornly high levels of the virus.

Testing will also be made available to more staff and has already been rolled-out to staff and senior pupils at our schools. This week everyone working at Underwood Road Depot and Renfrewshire House is being encouraged to take part in a two-week voluntary home testing programme.

Along with the other safety measures we have in place, the testing of staff will help to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 and help protect you, your colleagues and your families and ensure we can continue to deliver essential services to the people and communities across Renfrewshire.


Staying safe online

It's Cyber Scotland Week and we want to help you with the latest tips for staying safe online at work and at home.

There are some simple steps everyone can learn that will protect them from online threats like viruses and cyber criminals.

Here are some top tips:

  • Protect your home Wi-Fi router with a password
  • Look out for scam emails and don't trust any you find strange or suspicious
  • Install internet safety software on all your devices - including your smartphone
  • Keep tabs on your credit score

The RenSafeOnline website has lots of easy to read advice and helpful information on cyber security for all ages.

Why not take this opportunity to brush up on your cyber security skills and share the RenSafeOnline webpage with your friends and family to help them too?


Our Wellbeing

The Taking care of our wellbeing webpage is there to provide you with information and contacts to help keep you well during this time.


Got a story?

Don't forget, we'd love to hear from you! If you have a story to tell or something interesting to share, send us an email.