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Another Highland secondary pupil confirmed as having contracted coronavirus

By Philip Murray

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Millburn Academy in Inverness.
Millburn Academy in Inverness.

A PUPIL at a Highland school has tested positive for Covid-19 – and those who have had close contact with them are being told to self-isolate.

Millburn Academy has informed school parents that an S1 pupil has contracted the coronavirus.

It follows earlier cases at Gairloch High School in Wester Ross and Dornoch Academy in Sutherland.

Contract tracing is "ongoing" and any pupils who are identified as closed contacts will be contacted directly and told to isolate for 14 days.

But all other pupils can continue to attend the Inverness school as normal, so long as they remain well.

A letter to parents, said: "The NHS Highland Health Protection Team (HPT) have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in one of the S1 pupils at the school.

"We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with the head teacher. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

"The affected pupil was last at school on Friday, September 25. Contact tracing is ongoing. Pupils who have been identified as close contacts during the school day will be contacted directly and should self-isolate at home for 14 days from Friday, September 25 to Friday, October 9.

"They can return to school as normal after the October break.

"All other pupils in S1-S6 can continue to attend school as normal if they remain well.

"As long as your child is well, and as long as other members of the household have no symptoms and are well, then everyone in the house can all go about their normal business, go to work and school etc. Anyone who is well and has no symptoms does not need to be tested."

The letter continued: "If your child, or any of your household, develops symptoms a test should be booked as soon as possible. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform.

"The whole household should isolate if anyone in the household develops symptoms.

"If a positive case is confirmed in a house, then all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

"Household members should not go to work, school, public areas or use public transport."

The letter also directs parents to the Scottish Government's test and protect advice page for further information.

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