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Kingussie secondary school teacher tests positive for coronavirus


By Gavin Musgrove

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A Kingussie High School teacher has been confirmed as testing positive for coronavirus.

Kingussie High School where a teacher has tested positive for coronavirus.
Kingussie High School where a teacher has tested positive for coronavirus.

Correspondence has been sent home from the school to re-assure parents over the safety of pupils.

Headteacher Iain Adamson and his staff are working with NHS Highland’s health protection team and the council’s education service following the positive test result.

The school stated in correspondence: “The affected person was last at school on Monday, September 14 (an inset day) and has had no contact with pupils since Friday, September 11.

“Contact tracing is now under way. The small number of people who have been in direct close contact with the confirmed case are being contacted.”

Pupils at the school – the largest in Badenoch and Strathspey – were off on Monday and Tuesday for the inset training day.

Parents have been told that their children should continue to attend classes as usual.

The correspondence stated: "The school remains open and anyone that has not been identified as close contacts should continue to attend if they remain well.

"Anyone who is well and has no symptoms does not need to be tested."

A Highland Council spokeswoman told the Strathy: “We can confirm we are aware of one confirmed case of Covid associated with the school. We are working closely with NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team who are tracing close contacts of the case.”

Significant changes had already been put in place at the school and on school transport ahead of the new academic term starting last month in line with the Scottish Government guidelines.

The Strathy has contacted NHS Highland's public health team for comment.

Once a positive case is confirmed in a house, then all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the property for 14 days.

The period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

• new continuous cough and/or

• high temperature;

• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

The most effective way of preventing the spread of coronavirus is to wash hands with soap and water often and to adhere to all the Scottish Government guidelines.



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