SQA – Health & Safety Update

Monday 25th April 2022

Tomorrow is the beginning of the SQA exam diet. This week many of our senior students will sit their first exam. It is important that we continue to keep everyone safe in the building during this time, by following public health guidance and by ensuring fire safety proedures are followed closely.

Covid-19 and Public Health Guidance

This week, current public health advice remains in place for all students. From the 1st of May, Tuesday 3rd May from a school perspective,  there are changes to this.

From Tuesday 3rd May, students with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school, or their exam.

Students who are unwell with the above symptoms and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are feeling well.

From the 1st May it will not be recommended that students are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

However, if a student has a positive COVID-19 test result they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.

Students who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Illness on the Day of an Exam

If a student is unwell of the day of their exam they should follow the public health guidance above. The exam is still the best opportunity for all students to demonstrate their hard work, skills and knowledge. So, if they are well enough to attend they should do so.

However, where a student is too unwell to sit an exam, they should contact school as soon as possible and ensure that we are aware they won’t be attending. It may be that we can make an Examination Exceptional Circumstances Service request for unwell students, this will be discussed with students and paret/ carers where appropriate.  There will be no requirement to produce a PCR result.

Fire Safety During the Exam diet

During the exam diet it is critical that we maintain fire safety. If the fire alarm sounds during an exam students should listen carefully to their invigilator and make their way to their usual fire muster point. School staff will meet students and the invigilators there.

If students are in school during the exam diet, but not sitting an exam, it is essential that they sign in/out at reception.  This ensures we have an accurate record of who is in the building. In the event of a fire, students should assemble at the muster point for 4ME1 (for any S4 students), 5ME1 (for all S5 students) or 6ME1 (for all S6 students) where a member of staff will meet to register them.

Please share the above information with your child and note that a similar message will be posted in the relevant Year Group Google Classrooms.

 

 

 

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