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High number of absences at Kingussie secondary school due to Covid-19

By Gavin Musgrove

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Kingussie High School has reported a large number of absences due to Covid cases and close contacts having to isolate.

Headteacher Ian Adamson said they are following the advice from NHS Highland Health Protection Team (HPT) to safeguard staff and pupils as best possible.

Pupils aged 12 to 15 will be able to get their first Covid jags tomorrow as part of the vaccination roll-out.

Mr Adamson said in correspondence to parents and carers: "We have a significant number of positive cases across the school and wanted to inform parents and carers of the measures that have been implemented to ensure that everyone is safe.

"Our S1 and S3 are currently under investigation from the HPT. The investigation stage is when close contacts of positive cases are asked to isolate and take a PCR test.

"They must remain in isolation until the HPT analyse all the results of the close contacts and decide what action to take.

"The S2 and S4 year groups are at outbreak stage.

"This is when all close contacts must remain in isolation for 10 days from their last contact with a positive case. Even if their PCR test result is negative they must complete the isolation period identified by the HPT."

Mr Adamson continued: "The ongoing situation means that there are currently a large number of pupils at home due to having to isolate and teachers are doing their best to deliver blended learning.

"This isn’t always easy depending on the different subject areas so please remain patient and encourage your child to check their Google Classrooms for work.

"If your child is feeling well and their lateral flow results are negative then the guidance is that they should attend school as normal."

Pupils in isolation should not attend the school tomorrow for their Covid jag and also pupils who have been positive for Covid-19 within the last four weeks are unable to receive the vaccination at this time.

Anyone with any concerns or questions related to Covid-19 and the school should contact Mr Adamson directly by emailing kingussie.high@highland.gov.uk .

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