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14 October 2020

Message 2 from John Wilson, Headteacher and NHS Lothian - 

As you may already know, we are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete.

These contacts will need to self isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given.

If you have not been contacted, your child should attend school as normal.

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scotwww.nhsinform.scot  or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions document useful :

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspxhttps://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

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Message from John Wilson, Headteacher and NHS Lothian

We are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.

A number of people are currently being contacted because they may have been in close and sustained contact with the case and will need to self isolate.

They will be given appropriate guidance and advice.

An update will be sent to you as soon as the tracking and tracing process is complete.

If you are not contacted, your child should attend school as normal.

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scotwww.nhsinform.scot or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

For further information you may find this FAQs usefulFor further information you may find this FAQs useful https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspxhttps://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

8 October 2020

Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer has issued a letter to parents/carers.

Translations of this letter are available in the following languagesArabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Traditional Chinese (Cantonese), Turkish, Romanian, Polish and Urdu

1 October 2020

Positive Covid Test:   Brief Summary of School Actions

  1. The school contacts Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to inform them of the situation.
  1. The school contacts officers at City of Edinburgh council to inform them of situation.
  1. Advice is taken by the school, depending on individual circumstances of positive test.
  1. While HPS investigate the individual circumstances, the school is not permitted to contact any other parties, including staff, parents or pupils.
  1. If the positive test is confirmed by HPS the school will identify ‘close contacts’ in classrooms.
  1. The school will inform the parents of the ‘close contacts’ and ask for their child to go home to self-isolate.
  1. The school will then share a message from HPS to state that all other pupils should attend school as normal.
  1. Staff in the school and elected members will be advised of the situation.

31 August 2020

Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government has issued a letter with updated information/guidance on the Common Cold and Covid-19 symptoms.

27 August 2020

Dear Parents and carers

Please find attached the most recent update from the senior manager for City of Edinburgh schools. It includes much pertinent information.

With regard to the section on face coverings, you will know that the school is doing its best to adhere to government and Council guidelines. Please note that we do not have large stocks of face coverings, although these are on order from our central procurement office. It would be most helpful if students attended school with their own face coverings. I sincerely believe they want to help their friends and the wider community stay safe. If we support them to wear face coverings it will be easier for them to do so.

Kind regards

Mr J Wilson

Headteacher

26 August 2020           

Using Face Coverings in Shared Spaces Around Our School

To all Broughton HS Students

Broughton HS has a proud history of inclusion and respect.  We appreciate each other and value the fact that not everyone is the same.  We are a school where ‘being different is normal.’  One of the things that makes us different is the level of health that we enjoy.  Some of us have what are called ‘underlying health conditions’ that make Covid more dangerous.  Most of these conditions are quite easy and safe to live with in normal times but unfortunately the Covid virus means that people who have them must be very cautious all the time.  They are more worried than normal just now about their health.

Recently the Scottish Government has decided that it is safer for all of us to use face coverings when we are in communal areas of our building.  That means when we are moving from one classroom to another or have to stay indoors in wet weather we should have a face covering on.

  • Wearing face coverings will provide more protection from the Covid virus and will add to the other things we are already doing such as hand sanitising and cleaning surfaces in classrooms.  That means that when we all go home we are much less likely to spread the virus to our parents, carers and other relatives including more elderly grandparents.
  • In our school itself there are over 100 students and significant numbers of adult staff who have underlying health conditions.  Some members of staff may of course be pregnant at the moment.
  • You know that if there is an outbreak at our school we will have to go into lockdown again and everyone will have to work and study from home.  We do not want this to happen.

As your headteacher I know that you are caring and considerate young people and you want to do your best for others around you.  Although wearing a face covering might feel inconvenient and perhaps even a bit uncomfortable you might save someone’s life by wearing one as you move around our school.

If any of your teachers ask you to also wear the face covering in class during lessons it would be much appreciated if you could make an effort to do so.  That teacher may have an underlying health condition or might be looking after someone at home who is vulnerable.  Again, this is all about looking out for each other and caring for each other as fellow human beings.

Finally, the school is aware that some of you cannot wear a face covering due to your own health condition. The staff in the pupil support office will provide any student in this situation with a pass.  Miss MacMillan is co-ordinating this and will issue passes as quickly as possible. If you need a pass and have been missed out please see Miss MacMillan and she will help you.

This is a very difficult time for lots of people in our community.  The simple act of wearing a face covering will help to make things better. Please remember to wear the face covering and help each other to stay safe and healthy.

Thank you

Your proud Headteacher,

Mr Wilson                                                                                     

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Important Update:    Face maskLatest Information on wearing face coverings can be found here

 

 

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Broughton High School aspires to be a learning community known for its excellent learning and teaching. We maximise student achievement; provide support, welfare and inspiration. We are committed to continual improvement. Our students will be confident, successful and able to contribute effectively and responsibly to society. They should foster an interest in life long learning.

We are a consistently improving organisation. Our core values are the same - respect, inclusion and integrity in all that we do. Tolerance and a willingness to learn about other cultures have been at the heart of Scottish education for centuries. By embracing the Scottish tradition and developing through a curriculum for excellence we hope to develop as truly global citizens.

Broughton High School is developing as a centre of excellence in the wider community with our business partners and neighbours utilising the building during and beyond the school day. The development of partnership working is important to us and we actively pursue their development.

In school, it goes without saying that we provide a secure and healthy environment, but we aim for much more. We aspire to personal excellence at all times. In every classroom, on the playing fields, through every note played in the Music School we aim for the highest standards. These can only be achieved if the whole school community works in partnership.

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