Renfrewshire Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in schools or nurseries

If a pupil, your child or someone in your household has symptoms, tests positive, negative or void, if your child is a close contact of someone who's tested positive, what coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is.

We are continuing to closely follow the Scottish Government's guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

What happens if a pupil, your child or someone in your household:

What coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is


If a pupil shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while at school

We will:

  • keep the pupil in an isolated room away from other pupils and staff
  • contact their parent or carer and arrange for the pupil to be collected - they should not use school or public transport.

If your child or someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

If your child or someone in your household has any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, everyone in your household must:

What coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is

You must let your child's school or nursery know if they or someone in your household has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

Everyone in your household must self-isolate while waiting for their test results. 

See the coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection on the NHS Inform website.


If your child or someone in your household tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

You should:


If your child or someone in your household tests negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) 

You should:

If your child has had a fever and they are exempt from self-isolating or their self-isolation period is over, you should continue to keep them at home until they are 48 hours free of fever.

See the coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection on the NHS Inform website.


If your child or someone in your household has a void test result for coronavirus (COVID-19)

This means the test has not run correctly and a negative or positive result cannot be confirmed.

If your child or a member of your household gets a void test result, they must take another test. The type of test you take will depend on whether they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or not. 

Find out more about coronavirus (COVID-19) testing on the NHS Inform website.


If your child is a high-risk close contact

Children and young people are identified as a high-risk close contact if they have had prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive and:

  • lives in the same household
  • has stayed overnight (sleepovers)
  • has had close personal care or another form of prolonged contact.

NHS Test and Protect will contact you directly if your child is classed as a high-risk close contact. Your child must then self-isolate and you must book them a PCR test.

If your child gets a negative result from their PCR test, they can return to school. 

If your child gets a positive result from their PCR test, you should follow the guidance above.

See the self-isolation guidance on the NHS Inform website.


If your child is a low-risk close contact

If your child is classed as a low-risk close contact, which means they don't meet any of the criteria above, the school will send you an NHS Warn and

Inform letter. This will only be sent to pupils classed as low-risk close contacts, instead of the whole school. 

Low-risk close contacts should follow the advice in the NHS Warn and Inform letter.

Primary pupils

Secondary pupils

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow the guidance above.


What coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is managed by the NHS and the Scottish Government. 

There are two types of tests: 

  • a PCR test for those with symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had prolonged close contact or are classed as high risk 
  • a lateral flow device (LFD) test for those without symptoms or who are low-risk close contacts. 

If you take a lateral flow device (LFD) test and it comes back positive, you must then take a PCR test to confirm your results.  

You should not take a lateral flow device (LFD) test if you have symptoms or if you are a close contact. You should take a PCR test.

More information about testing: