Pupils safe despite covid case at school

Education bosses have assured parents that the risk of onward transmission is low after a positive case of Covid-19 was identified at Hawick High School.

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 9:37 am
Hawick High School.
Hawick High School.

Parents and carers have been contacted with information on the positive case in the school community and there no plans to close the premises.

It has not been disclosed whether the person involved is a pupil or a member of staff at the Buccleuch Road school.

A small number of pupils are set to self-isolate as a result but parents have been advised that the ‘risk of onward transmission is low’.

A joint statement has been issued by headteacher Vicky Porteous and Lesley Munro, the service director for Young People and Inclusion at Scottish Borders Council.

It says: “Contact tracing is being carried out and it is anticipated that a small number of pupils may be contacted by NHS Test and Protect and asked to self-isolate, where it is determined that they are a ‘close contact’ of the person who has tested positive.

“At this time the advice from NHS Borders’ Public Health team is that the risk of onward transmission remains low and all necessary procedures are in place in the school to minimise further spread of infection. Pupils required to self-isolate will be supported with home learning.

“There is no reason for any other member of the school community to self-isolate or to seek a Covid-19 test unless they are displaying symptoms.

“For reassurance, additional, enhanced cleaning over and above our already enhanced normal cleaning programme has been carried out.

“The school will remain open and is a safe place for pupils to learn.

“We have all necessary risk assessments, processes and procedures in place to keep the school Covid-free and we would simply ask that you continue to remain vigilant for Covid-19 symptoms in your household.”

The symptoms of Covid-19 are a new persistent cough, temperature/fever (37.8C or higher) and/or loss or change in ability to taste or smell.

The statement adds: “We can reassure you that the situation will be monitored closely and we will work with NHS Borders to ensure that the most appropriate advice and updates are provided.”