Coro­n­avirus alert at Locker­bie site

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHEN TEMLETT

A Dum­fries shire school has a con­firmed case of coro­n­avirus.

The coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Gil­lian Bryd­son wrote to par­ents and car­ers of chil­dren at Locker­bie Academy on Wed­nes­day af­ter a pos­i­tive test.

The Stan­dard un­der­stands that the case re­lates to a se­nior pupil.

Con­tact trac­ing has been started with the lo­cal Test and Pro­tect team work­ing with teach­ing staff but the school re­mains open.

Ms Bryd­son told par­ents: “We have been ad­vised by the NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway’s Health

Pro­tec­tion Team that there has been a con­firmed case of Covid-19 within Locker­bie Academy.

“This let­ter is to in­form you of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and pro­vide ad­vice from pub­lic health on how to sup­port your child.

“Con­tact trac­ing pro­cesses have been ac­ti­vated and any mem­ber of our school com­mu­nity who has been iden­ti­fied as a close con­tact with the con­firmed case has been con­tacted or still to be con­tacted by the Test and Pro­tect team, and will be iso­lat­ing or will have to iso­late at home for the 14-day pe­riod.

“The school re­mains open and your child should con­tinue to at­tend if they re­main well.”

How­ever one par­ent raised a con­cern that con­tact trac­ing hadn’t been in touch with his daugh­ter who was in con­tact with the pupil who tested pos­i­tive.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: “They’re stay­ing open say­ing they tracked every­one. My daugh­ter was next to the per­son in English and no one asked her a thing now she’s re­fus­ing to go to school.

“I’m not sure why it’s hush-hush it’s like wild­fire there.”

The let­ter from Ms Bryd­son in­formed par­ents that the coun­cil was work­ing in part­ner­ship with the school, NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway, Pub­lic Health Scot­land. In it she said:“This mul­ti­a­gency group has as­sessed the in­fec­tion and preven­tion con­trol plans are in place in the school, and they have con­fi­dence in the strin­gent mea­sures we have in­tro­duced to man­age the sit­u­a­tion.”

Last month Ge­orge­town Pri­mary and Nurs­ery had a Covid-19 scare but it turned out to be a false alarm.

A pupil had ini­tially tested pos­i­tive but fol­low­ing re-test­ing they re­turned a neg­a­tive re­sult.

Ac­tion Locker­bie Academy has had a con­firmed case of Covid-19 this week Let­ter Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Gil­lian Bryd­son

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