COVID-19 cases and schools: advice for parents and carers

We know this is a difficult time for everyone and we want to reassure you that we’ve put in place guidance and procedures to make sure it’s safe for children, young people and staff to be in school.

We’ve taken many precautions in our schools to limit the areas children and young people access and the people they come into contact with. This means if there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school it limits the spread of the virus and means Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person.

My child has cold-like symptoms. Do they need to be tested?

If your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, fever, or a change in or loss of taste or smell) but has other cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.

Read the Scottish Government’s information on common cold symptoms: advice for parents and carers.

My child has symptoms of COVID-19, what do I do?

It's very important that nobody - staff, pupils, parents or members of the public - attends a school if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (a new and continuous cough, a fever, or a change in or loss of taste or smell).

If your child displays any of the above symptoms you must not send them to school but keep them at home to self-isolate (following national guidelines). You should book a test for them via the NHS Inform website and inform the school immediately if your child has symptoms and of the result of any test.

If the test is negative, your child will be able to return to school when they are well enough to do so. It is important to remain vigilant for any future signs of symptoms that are COVID-related.

If the test is positive, the Test and Protect process will begin and your child will be told by the testing team to remain in isolation at home for 10 days, following national guidance.

Further advice and guidance is available from the NHS Inform website. There’s also information on the Parent Club website about testing.

What will happen if your child’s school has a confirmed case?

To help control any further spread of the virus some children, young people and staff will be asked to self-isolate. This is always on the advice of Health Protection Scotland and the Test and Protect Teams. Their advice can include:

  • individuals being asked to self-isolate
  • groups of children asked to self-isolate
  • whole classes asked to self-isolate
  • recommendations for any additional cleaning at the school.

Head Teachers will let parents know if any decision affects their child.

The Public Health team will contact you directly if your child is identified as a contact of a confirmed case and your child will need to stay home for 10 days. The Public Health team will let you know whether you or any of your household also need to self-isolate.

When children and young people are advised to self-isolate the school will continue to provide resources for learning. Each school will have their own offer and ways of sharing learning for example, using MS Teams, Google Classroom, SeeSaw or Class Dojo. If pupil and staff absence increases the resource available to support learning at home will vary.

If the numbers of staff asked to self-isolate make it impossible to welcome all of our children safely into school then there may be a decision to move to a part-time model of attendance. However, we will do everything we can to avoid this.

Please be assured that all of our schools continue to work hard to ensure that everyone follows hygiene and safety guidance. Until now we have had very few cases and have managed these quickly and effectively.

What happens if there is an outbreak at a school?

We will work very closely with Public Health who are responsible for advising schools and Angus Council regarding COVID-19.

Should a school need to temporarily close we have developed contingency plans for blended learning which we will communicate with parents/carers as quickly and as clearly as possible.

My child has been identified as a close contact outside of a school setting, what do I do?

If your child has been identified by the NHS Test and Protect contact tracers, they must self-isolate. You will be informed of the exact dates the 10-day period begins and ends and whether you or any of your household also need to self-isolate.

What to do if you or a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19

If you or a member of your household have a new continuous cough, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell, they should stay at home and call 0800 028 2816 or go to NHS Inform to book at test.

If someone in the household has symptoms, family or household members who live together will need to stay at home for 10 days, this includes children. When you contact your child’s school please inform them that the absence is COVID-19 related.

For more information read NHS Inform’s stay at home guidance for household with possible coronavirus infection.

I need to self-isolate. Is there any support available?

If you or your family need help with food, medicine or other essentials such as wellbeing support, please get in touch with us.

Call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 or use our online form.

If you are on a low income and need to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID you may be eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Returning from a country that's on the quarantine list

If your child has returned from a country on the quarantine list, please do not send them to school until they have completed the 10 days quarantine period.