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Lateral flow tests

As some of you may know there is a test for covid called “lateral flow test”. It gives the result in 30 minutes.  This test is being used to detect asymptomatic covid. This means the test should only be used if you DO NOT have symptoms of covid.

The Lateral Flow Device (LFD) kits are for the whole family to use and we urge you to use them. Please follow the instructions in the test kits.

The school is going to help East Renfrewshire Council to distribute the Lateral Flow test kits on Friday 11th of June during drop off time, from 08:30 to 09:30am at the main entrance. You will be required to leave name and contacting number in case they need to recall tests.

If you have run out of test kits and want more, you can order more to be delivered to your home.

To order more tests, please visit the UK government’s website Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk) and complete the form. It will ask if you want to create an account. You can continue without one and still get a home test kit.

You can also pick up LFD test kits at the Mobile Testing Unit in the lower car park of the School, as well as the other testing sites for people with no symptoms across East Renfrewshire. Information is updated regularly on the Council website. Covid-19 testing centres – East Renfrewshire – Covid

Whenever people are asked to self-isolate due to being a close contact of a person testing positive, they should take the PCR test.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Covid-19

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or a change in, taste or smell

Please book a test at a testing site set up for people with symptoms. These can also be booked on the UK government website. Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Healthier Minds

Supporting Children in Challenging Times

The Educational Psychology Service is delivering three online one-hour parents’ sessions in March (see picture below for details). The aim of these will be to explore how Covid has affected how children and young people think, feel and behave, and to discuss ways in which parents can support their child through the current challenges. The sessions will refer to our Healthier minds website and resources (https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds) and will involve input from partners across East Renfrewshire who support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

Adverse Weather Contingency Plan

As we come into more wintry weather conditions, I would like to outline the arrangements we have put into place should the weather conditions become extreme.

Should there be a snowfall our janitors will clear a path from the main car park to the front door of each of the buildings and the stairs leading from the main building up to the junior department will also be cleared.

The path to the rear of the school leading up to Glenwood Nursery will not be cleared by the school’s janitorial staff.

During periods of severe adverse weather the Council will endeavour to do everything in its power to ensure that schools remain open. However, should our school require to be closed, as much notice as possible will be given to parents. This may take the form of an email, memo in the school bag, and a notice on the home page of the school website.

East Renfrewshire Council’s official website will also contain up to date information regarding the impact of the adverse weather conditions on Council services including schools.

Should the school require to be closed during the course of a school day; no child will be allowed to make their way home unsupervised. Parents, having been contacted by text, will be expected to make arrangements for pupils to be collected from the school. If you have recently changed any of your contact details, please inform the school.

Pupils who normally travel by school bus will be escorted to buses by school staff provided that this service is still operational, otherwise the children will remain in school until collected by an adult.