Cases in schools

COVID-19 cases in schools

For all parents, it is important that they know that if they have not been contacted individually, their child has not been identified as a contact of a case, and they can continue to attend school (where allowed under the current restrictions) and undertake other activities as normal.

Many precautions have been taken in Tayside schools to limit the areas pupils access and the people they have contact with. This limits the spread of the virus and means that, if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a school, Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person.

Parents/carers of children who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case will receive a letter from Public Health and/or a telephone call from ‘Test & Protect’ asking them to stay home for 10 days. The 10 days will start from the last exposure, which is likely to be before the confirmed case was tested.

If your child is asked to stay home because they have been in contact with a confirmed case at school, other household members do not need to self-isolate providing all household members are well.

Siblings can continue to attend school if they have not been identified as a close contact and no one in the household is unwell. If you have not been contacted by Public Health then your child can continue to attend school providing they and the rest of the household are well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school. You should arrange for your child to be tested and all household members should stay at home during this time.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform.

If the test is positive your child should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.

Returning from a country that’s on the quarantine list

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

Wearing a face mask or covering

Face coverings should also be worn by school staff and pupils when:

  • adults and young people in secondary schools (including special schools) are moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets), where physical distancing is particularly difficult to maintain;
  • adults, young people and children aged five and over are travelling on dedicated school transport.

Some exclusions apply. Full details are available on the Scottish Government website.

Further general information is available at: