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Whole of senior year at Grantown Grammar School is told to self-isolate

By Gavin Musgrove

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Claire McGonigal, Grantown Grammar headteacher, has contacted parents to update them on the situation. Library image
Claire McGonigal, Grantown Grammar headteacher, has contacted parents to update them on the situation. Library image

The entire S6 year group at Grantown Grammar School has been told to self-isolate at home after a number of pupils at the school were confirmed as having Covid.

The number of pupils affected has not been specified.

Headteacher Claire McGonigal has updated parents in correspondence.

She stated: "Unfortunately we have identified cases of Covid-19 in Grantown Grammar. I know that you may find this concerning but we are working in close partnership with NHS Highland to manage this situation.

"As you can imagine, the situation can change quite rapidly and currently advice to pupils varies according to the year group they are in.

"S6 pupils have been asked to isolate at home for 10 days from the last date of exposure. They should return to school on Monday 30 August.

"S1 to S5 pupils in close contact with the Covid-19 cases have been advised to self isolate and seek a PCR test.

"A further risk assessment will be undertaken by NHS Highland once the results of further testing are known and a communication will be shared in coming days with respect to whether the isolation should be maintained or not.

"In both cases, as long as everyone in the household has no symptoms, it is only the pupil who has been identified as a close contact who needs to self isolate and seek a PCR test."

S1 to S5 pupils who are not close contacts and remain well can go about their normal business including attending school.

Mrs McGonigal said: "Staff will ensure that as much school work as possible is posted on Google Classroom for pupils who are isolating but it would be helpful if pupils can email their teachers too to help them stay up to date with their work.

"We have been fortunate that we haven’t had to deal with an outbreak like this so far but I have every confidence that, as the strong community we are, we can get through this situation calmly and safely."

The Strathy has contacted the school for a comment a short time ago.

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