Head Teacher Update - Letter 49

13th June in School

Sunday 13th June 2021

Dear Parent/Carer (please share with your child)

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones all safe and well.

One of the children in our community has been tested positive for Covid-19. Along with my
Deputes, Guidance staff and teachers we have supported Public Health Scotland and the
Local Authority with their track and trace procedures, part of which looks at whom the young
person came into contact with whilst in school.

I’m pleased to report the youngster is doing well and we wish them the speediest of
recoveries. I would also like to praise not only the Public Health Team for their very efficient
processes and the LAs School Support staff for dealing with all the letters, but also the
parents of the young person who followed exactly the correct measures before and after this
positive test to keep their child and all of us safe.

We have no idea where this young person contracted the virus. It could have been in a shop,
at a bus stop, whilst chatting to friends in a play park, and of course perhaps even whilst at
school. It is a reminder for us to follow all the guidance the Government, the NHS and the
school issue, one never knows.

In an effort to provide some reassurance I can confirm that the school procedures of,
sanitising pupils constantly, wearing face coverings, keeping pupils in bubbles, modifying
break and lunch routines, having staggered departures, ensuring pupils sit in the same seats
in each class, moving the teacher rather than the class wherever possible, having window
vents and doors open to ensure airflow and having a fantastic cleaning team cleaning touch
points every hour, all contribute to reducing the chances of a virus (any virus) spreading and
consequently keeping the numbers requiring to self-isolate amazingly small.

I would like to thank everyone for continuing to support us, following all our school rules and
so keeping us all safe, whilst learning. Clearly, we can never be sure that any of the
measures both in school or out of school will work 100% of the time but we can be sure that
without them, the chances of contracting a virus, and leading others to self-isolate as close
contacts would be much higher.

My best wishes for everyone in our community in these difficult times.

Please follow the guidance in the NHS letter we sent you but as always we are pleased to
support you if you ask. Just email us via the contact us page on the website.

Yours faithfully,

P A Bain
Executive Head Teacher
Oban High School, Tiree High School & Tiree Primary School

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