Renfrewshire Council

Working safely at a school or nursery during coronavirus

Health and safety measures in schools and nurseries, what to do if you, a close contact or a pupil develops symptoms of COVID-19, travelling to work, looking after your health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Here you will find information for teachers and staff in schools and nurseries about:

Health and safety measures in the workplace

Health and safety measures are in place at all our schools and nurseries and we are working hard to make sure these remain safe places for our staff and pupils.

For full details on the safety measures in place, go to our Coronavirus health and safety in schools and nurseries page.

If you or a close contact develop symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if you or a close contact develops symptoms of COVID-19  at work or at home, self-isolating, informing your manager, booking a test, if you test positive or negative, contact tracing, support and advice for staff and managers, returning to work.

If a child you're working with develops symptoms of COVID-19

Your head teacher will have briefed you on this.

The child will be taken to an isolation zone where they will be supervised at all times, until collected by a parent (unless they are old enough to go home themselves).

The appropriate areas will be cleaned by the on-site cleaner.

You should continue to come in to school as normal unless you receive a call or text from a Test and Protect contact tracer.

Your Head Teacher will continue to provide support and reassurance if you have any concerns.

Travel to work during the coronavirus pandemic

Restrictions on unnecessary travel become law on Friday 20 November, so it's important that you carry your council ID badge with you at all times.

If you live nearby and are able, you should walk or cycle to work wherever possible.

You must not share vehicles to/from or at work.

If you are driving to work, free parking is available at our school car parks although spaces are limited.

If you must use public transport, don't board if you think it's not safe. Try to: 

  • avoid busier times
  • maintain physical distancing
  • remember that face masks are compulsory on all forms of transport including buses, trains and taxis.

If you have any concerns about travelling to or from work, speak with your line manager or head teacher in the first instance.

For the latest guidance on travelling within Scotland, check the Transport Scotland website.

Your health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing page is there to provide you with useful tips and information on staying emotionally and physically well during this challenging time. 

Visit these pages for:

  • ideas on exercise
  • healthy eating
  • emotional wellbeing
  • information on what other supports and services are available to help you.