Mum hits out at school’s handling of staff COVID case
An East Kilbride mum has slammed St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School for ‘failing ’to address coronavirus concerns correctly.
The mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a daughter who attends the town’s secondary and fears that the school is putting pupils and their families at risk of catching coronavirus.
Last week the school confirmed that a staff member had tested positive for Covid-19.
Parents were informed by letter by NHS Lanarkshire who say the staff member affected is “currently self-isolating at home ”with close contacts asked to self-isolate also.
The concerned mum told the
News: “Last week, parents received an email regarding a staff member that tested positive for COVID-19 and the email stated that ‘identified areas of the school have been electrostatically cleaned’.
“I am very interested to understand how they identify these areas.
“To my knowledge the virus is transmitted through close contact and infected surfaces, these surfaces can remain infected for up to two week possibly longer.
“In my mind – happy to be corrected however – all it would take is for the infected staff member or someone working alongside said member of staff to touch surfaces already contaminated by the infected member of staff and they can carry it around the school.”
The parent believes that the
school has gone back on the statement they made when schools returned – that if a positive coronavirus case was confirmed, then the full school would be fogged.
She said:“The initial risk assessment looked really good by the school, stating that the school would be fogged if there was a positive case. But it hasn’t. And that’s a failure on their part to their pupils and their pupil’s families.
“I would have been far happier if the whole school had been fogged because unless they randomly sample each area to be certain, I don’t understand how they can make the decision that only certain areas of the school are impacted.
“Also, now that there is a pupil infected and knowing they could have been infected for a few days prior to showing symptoms, again I would hope that a full clean is taking place. But it has not been confirmed.
“Simply put, the school needs to have additional cleaning procedures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”
The concerned mum added: “This is a very worrying time for pupils and parents – worrying if children are bringing this home with them.
“I appreciate that these positive cases may well not have been picked up from school, but unless the school monitor this closely they will be the cause of a mass breakout.”
The council’s head of education said it was“worrying times for all”acknowledging parents’particular concerns for their children.
However, Lynn Sherry moved to reassure parents that schools had a strict cleaning protocol in place that“exceeded government recommendations”.
She said:“Like all our schools,
St Andrew’s and St Bride’s is electrostatically sprayed at least once a week, a process which not only kills viruses and bacteria but also provides a barrier against them.
“In addition there is additional daily cleaning of surfaces, and frequent touch spots are sanitised three times a day.
“Pupils and staff are also asked to wipe down their own work stations throughout the day.
“To date, there has not been any evidence of spreading of the virus within any South Lanarkshire school.”