Renfrewshire Council

NHS Test and Protect - confirmed case in a school or nursery (for parents)

You will receive this letter if there has been a confirmed case identified in your child's primary or secondary school or nursery.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Parent or Carer

In recent days we have been made aware of a member of our school or nursery community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This letter is to inform you that your child has been identified as having been in 'low risk' contact with this person. This means they may have shared a classroom or had some other low risk contact in school or nursery.

There is no need for your child to isolate unless contacted separately by Test and Protect and asked to do so. The school or nursery remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.

The public health judgement that these types of contact are low risk is based on a range of factors, including vaccination rates, evidence about transmission from children and young people, and the low risk of direct health harms to children.

If they develop any symptoms, your child must not come to school or nursery. They must isolate and you must book a PCR test online or by phoning 119 if you cannot book online. The cardinal symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: new continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness and, although our understanding of the Omicron variant is evolving, there is no evidence of a higher risk at present. For those people who are eligible, vaccination, including a booster dose, is highly effective at preventing severe disease.

To help reduce the risk to your family and your school community, please also:

  • Ensure your child takes a one-off lateral flow test (LFD) before returning to school. This can help reduce the likelihood of spread in schools, by catching infections early
    • there is no requirement for your child to test daily in order to leave isolation
    • if your child is in primary school, you can support them to take a test before returning if you and they are comfortable in doing so. There is no need for your child to continue to test regularly as part of attending primary school
    • if your child is in secondary school, they should take a test before returning wherever possible, and continue to test regularly (twice-weekly) thereafter
  • Free at-home lateral flow device (LFD) test kits are available for you and your primary school-aged children by collection from coronavirus (COVID-19) test centres or pharmacies, or for home delivery by ordering online. See information on getting testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have no symptoms on the Scottish Government website
  • Free LFD test kits are available to all secondary school-aged children from the school. Please contact the school directly if they have any problems accessing tests
  • Please ensure that all test results, whether positive, negative or void, are recorded on the online portal or by phoning 119
  • Ensure everyone in your household is up to date with their vaccination, including the booster. If you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated or boosted, book your vaccine or booster on the NHS Inform website. Vaccination is our best defence against coronavirus (COVID-19) causing anyone to become seriously unwell
  • Adopt additional caution over the next 10 days if meeting with friends or family who you know to be at higher levels of risk by testing before you meet up; wearing a mask; or meeting outdoors
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance, keep your distance, keep rooms ventilated, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

You can find more trusted advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NHS Inform website.

Yours sincerely

Head Teacher or Head of Centre