At least one pupil at Uddingston Grammar High School has tested positive for COVID-19 this week when on Monday, parents were advised by SMS shortly before school opened that a ‘precautionary cleaning’ of the school would mean that pupils arriving would not be allowed entry until they had completed this.
Later in the day, around 12:45pm parents were then sent a second SMS text message reading:
We have been made aware of reports of a COVID case affecting our school community. We are working with SLC (South Lanarkshire Council) and the NHS in line with guidance. We will update you as soon as we know more. Take care and thanks for the support.Above is merged paraphrase of the sms message sent to parents by UGS on Monday 24th August 2020.
Parents were then sent a final message at around 8:30pm stating:
An NHS letter is on the coronavirus section of the website (uddingston grammar school) School will open as normal tomorrow. Thanks for your support today.Message received by parents of UGS pupils on Monday 24th August 2020.
On the page mentioned – http://www.uddingston.s-lanark.sch.uk/InformationAlerts/Information-Alerts/ – There is a link to a letter released by NHS Lanarkshire.
Here is a copy of the letter from NHS Lanarkshire regarding the positive test and they state there is no reason to panic and that there are no indications of an outbreak or any other pupils affected. However, we cannot be certain until Track and Trace has completed its’ investigation.
Please cooperate if Track and Trace contact you regarding this. We know its horrible to think you may be affected but cooperation with their advice is crucial to keeping this, still very real and dangerous virus, at low levels.
The school remains open, however, parents are not required by law in Scotland to send their children to school, if they are overly concerned by coronavirus and at time of print, will not be fined for doing so.
We will report back as soon as we have any further information.