Parents contacted after possible Covid case at Wick High School
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A letter sent out to parents and guardians of S1 to S3 Wick High School (WHS) pupils yesterday warned of a "possible case" of Covid-19 in their child's year group.
Sent by Dr Jenny Wares, consultant in public health medicine, it reassured parents that the NHS were working in "close partnership" with WHS acting rector Sebastian Sandecki to manage the situation.
Dr Wares stated: "This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. All close contacts of the case who need to take specific actions have been identified, contacted and advised to follow the latest guidance from Scottish Government on self-isolation and testing."
The letter stated that, in keeping with Scottish Government’s updated isolation policy for school settings, there is "no requirement for your child to self-isolate as long as they are well".
"As long as your child is well, and as long as other members of the household have no symptoms and are well, then everyone in the house can all go about their normal business.
"However, we are keeping this situation under close review and if there are further cases identified we may need to take additional actions, such as advising PCR testing and self-isolation for your child, in order to prevent further spread."
The letter then gave guidance on the symptoms of coronavirus and steps to take if infection is suspected.
"Please remain vigilant for symptoms of Covid-19 in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will not happen but if your child, or any of your household, develops symptoms a PCR test should be booked as soon as possible.
"Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for PCR testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. The whole household should isolate if anyone in the household develops symptoms."
The letter ended by stating information is available at: www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid 19 and www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/