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Plockton High School shares Covid-19 advice with pupils on eve of new term as efforts made across Ross to curb omicron spread

By Hector MacKenzie

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A ROSS-SHIRE secondary has shared Covid-19 advice with pupils ahead of the return to school tomorrow.

Plockton High has shared Scottish Government advice "as they focus on their priority of keeping schools safely open and minimising disruption to learning".

Pupils are being advised to take at-home Covid-19 tests before they return to school to limit the spread of omicron.

Those without symptoms should do a lateral flow device (LFD) test the night before or on the morning of the return to classes following the festive break.

After that, testing should be done twice weekly.

Anyone who receives a positive LFD test result, those with symptoms, or those identified as close contacts should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Background LFD tests should only be used if you don’t have symptoms. You must not use a LFD test if you:

• have symptoms - you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test

• have been asked to self-isolate because you are a close contact of a positive case. You must self-isolate and book a PCR test

All LFD test results should be recorded via the online digital reporting portal.

This is endorsed by Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Gregor Smith who said: “With omicron spreading so rapidly, it is vital that we all do what we can to limit its transmission.

"Rapid lateral flow testing helps us to find infectious cases that might otherwise have been missed, as around one in three people with Covid-19 does not show classic symptoms.That’s why it is really important that secondary pupils and school and early learning and childcare staff take lateral flow tests before they return to classes and settings after the break, and that they keep testing regularly throughout term. "They should also take LFD tests before they meet up with others outside of school or ELC settings. Pupils and staff who are eligible for vaccination should get their jags, and, where appropriate, boosters as soon as they can to receive greater protection from the virus."

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