Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pupil tests positive for Coronavirus at St John's RC Academy in Perth

A pupil at St John's RC Academy in Perth has tested positive for Coronavirus.

A number of pupil close contacts of the individual have been identified, contacted by the school and told to self-isolate until Wednesday, 2 September, which is 14 days since the last date of contact.

A wider school communication has also been issued and the school remains open.

Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside, said: "Parents of the wider school and nursery population have been reassured that if they have not been contacted individually, their child has not been identified as a contact of a case. They can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal.

"Risk assessments are being carried out, however, parents should be assured that all appropriate precautions and cleaning regimes are in place and the school remains open.

"Parents across Tayside may be feeling anxious as more positive cases are identified in schools, however they should be reassured that there is no evidence of transmission of the virus in schools. We are continuing to work closely with colleagues to ensure there is a swift and appropriate response to any reported cases to ensure pupil and staff safety.

COVID-19 cases in school - general information

For all parents, it is important that they know that if they have not been contacted individually, their child has not been identified as a contact of a case, and they can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal.

Many precautions have been taken in Tayside schools to limit the areas pupils access and the people they have contact with. This limits the spread of the virus and means that, if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a school, Public Health teams can confidently identify who has been in contact with that person. Parents/carers of children who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case will receive a letter from Public Health and/or a telephone call from 'Test & Protect' asking them to stay home for 14 days. The 14 days will start from the last exposure, which is likely to be before the confirmed case was tested.

If your child is asked to stay home because they have been in contact with a confirmed case at school, other household members do not need to self-isolate providing all household members are well. Siblings can continue to attend school if they have not been identified as a close contact and no one in the household is unwell. If you have not been contacted by Public Health then your child can continue to attend school providing they and the rest of the household are well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school.  You should arrange for your child to be tested and all household members should stay at home during this time. 

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform

If the test is positive your child should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.