When someone tests positive for COVID-19 they will get a phone call from Test and Protect. Test and Protect is Scotland’s public health response to stopping the spread of coronavirus. For children under the age of 16, the parent or carer will be contacted. Test and Protect give advice and take details of any recent close contacts. They will talk through what a close contact is. Those contacts will be called by Test and Protect and asked to self-isolate and book a test.
If your child has been in close contact with someone with coronavirus, they'll also be asked to get a test, even if they don’t have any symptoms. This will help more cases to be identified, and slow the spread of the virus. Even if they test negative they'll still need to isolate for the full 10 days, in case they become infectious after the test. If they test positive, they'll need to isolate for a further 10 days from the date of the test, and your whole family will need to isolate and get tested too.
If someone at your child’s school tests positive, or several people have symptoms, the local Health Protection Team will carry out a risk assessment and support the school to decide what to do next. The circumstances and the next steps may be different in different schools.
Parents and carers will be informed that there is a positive case in school. Unless you are contacted and advised otherwise, your child should attend school as normal, provided they are well and have no symptoms of COVID-19.