Coronavirus (COVID19)

Keep yourself informed of the latest advice in order to protect yourself and others.

Do not come to school if you have either:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits are no longer available from School.

Please note that the guidance regarding lateral flow tests is changing from 18 April 2022.  The Scottish Government advice is as follows:

In line with the Testing Transition Plan, the advice for school staff and secondary pupils in mainstream and special schools to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic LFD testing will no longer apply from 18 April 2022. The school’s asymptomatic testing programme will therefore end at the end of this term (the Spring term). Schools and ELC settings should distribute their remaining stock by 17 April. From 18 April 2022, local health protection teams will still be able to deploy testing as one of a suite of measures for outbreak management purposes if it is necessary in their expert judgement. 

The school will therefore no longer distribute LFD tests from 1 April 2022, the last day of term. 

We have also run out of facemasks so please can you ensure that, while they are still needed, your child has a facemask each day.


Following updated advice from Test and Protect, we are now able to hand out test kits proactively to all staff and pupils, to enable them to test twice-weekly at home and help keep our school/setting safe. There is no longer a requirement for staff and pupils to “opt in” to the programme in order to receive or pick up test kits from school. This will bring the schools programme into line with arrangements in other testing programmes in society.

Testing remains voluntary. No-one is required to receive a pack of test kits if they do not wish to, and no-one is required to take LFD tests as a condition of attending school. However, we are strongly encouraging all of our staff and pupils to do so, and to record results online, in order to identify any infections early on and help prevent our staff and children from missing school during the winter period.

At the point at which staff and pupils are provided with test kits, they will be provided with information on the programme and privacy arrangements, for example through the use of information posters and a privacy notice. By taking a pack of test kits, reading the accompanying instructions, and testing at home, the person participating will be understood to have agreed to taking part in this process.

Please do discuss the contents of this letter with your child[ren], and continue to encourage them to do the following to help keep our school community safe:

  • Test regularly (twice a week) at home on Sunday and Wednesday evening.
  • Report all results, whether positive negative or void, at www.covidtest.scot or by calling 119.

Further information for parents is at: www.parentclub.scot/articles/covid-19-testing-staff-and-pupils, and more general information on LFD testing can be found at www.nhsinform.scot. Frequently Asked Questions for young people, designed in partnership with Young Scot, can be found here: https://young.scot/get-informed/national/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-young-people-at-school.


If you receive this letter, GGS are notifying you that your child has possibly been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19.

Today we have been made aware of a member of our school community, who has tested positive for COVID-19. This letter is to inform you that your child has been identified as having been in ‘low risk’ contact with this person. This means they may have shared a classroom or had some other low risk contact in school.

There is no need for your child to isolate unless contacted separately by Test and Protect and asked to do so. School remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.

The public health judgement that these types of contact are low risk is based on a range of factors, including vaccination rates, evidence about transmission from children and young people, and the low risk of direct health harms to children.

If they develop any symptoms, your child must not come to school. They must isolate and you must book a PCR test through www.nhsinform.scot or by phoning 119 if you cannot book online. The cardinal symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: new continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness and, although our understanding of the Omicron variant is evolving, there is no evidence of a higher risk at present. For those people who are eligible, vaccination, including a booster dose, is highly effective at preventing severe disease.

To help reduce the risk to your family and your school community, please also:

  • Ensure your child takes a one-off lateral flow test / LFD before returning to school. This can help reduce the likelihood of spread in schools, by catching infections early.
    • There is no requirement for your child to test daily in order to leave isolation.
    • If your child is in primary school, you can support them to take a test before returning if you and they are comfortable in doing so. There is no need for your child to continue to test regularly as part of attending primary school.
    • If your child is in secondary school, they should take a test before returning wherever possible, and continue to test regularly (twice-weekly) thereafter.
    • Free test kits are available to all secondary school children from the school. Please contact the school directly if they have any problems accessing tests.
    • Please ensure that all test results, whether positive, negative or void, are recorded on the online portal at: www.covidtest.scot OR by phoning 119.
  • Ensure everyone in your household is up to date with their vaccination, including the booster. If you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated or boosted visit www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell.
  • Adopt additional caution over the next 10 days if meeting with friends or family who you know to be at higher levels of risk by e.g. testing before you meet up; wearing a mask; or meeting outdoors.
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance, keep your distance, keep rooms ventilated, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

You can find more trusted advice on www.nhsinform.scot.


Previous updates

Highland Council Coronavirus help and support

Help and Support Leaflet in Polish

GGS letter Easter 2020 – 10/04/20

HC letter/covid19 – 23/03/20


Statement by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer – 19/03/20

This is an unprecedented situation, and the closure of schools for an extended period will affect almost every family across Scotland.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has recently been working through a range of scenarios in relation to the exam diet, including disruption and postponement. However, as the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead and I have been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.

That work has started, at pace, and I will say more on that as soon as I can. What I can say now is that we want to ensure that we have as much information on the achievements of learners as possible.

That is why the Deputy First Minister has asked schools and colleges to continue to work with young people to ensure that any units and coursework are completed and estimated grades are provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year, to SQA’s existing deadlines, or earlier if that is possible. For many learners, we will also have prior attainment information which will be helpful to us.

I fully appreciate that this will be an uncertain time for learners who have worked hard throughout the year and will now, with their families, be worried about what this means for them. Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, with the support of the education system, to ensure that their hard work is rightly and fairly recognised, and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.
  
We will work to ensure that learners receive their results no later than 4 August, as planned. We are considering more fully the impact this decision will have on our exceptional circumstances and post-results services. I will confirm that we will offer a free post-results service to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.

I would strongly encourage all candidates to sign up to MySQA, our online and text service, as a direct way to receive their results.

Everyone at SQA is fully committed to delivering for Scotland’s young people at this exceptionally difficult time. 


This is an unknown and stressful time for all involved.  We fully understand that pupils and parents/guardians have a lot of questions, Highland Council will be updating schools and when this comes in we will issue to parents/guardians.  The school email grantown.grammar@highland.gov.uk will continue to be monitored during the school closure and we will try to respond to your queries as quickly as possible.

If you have not been receiving these update emails, we may not have an accurate or up to date email for you, so please send an email to the address above and you can be added.

Mr McCrow is also checking that we have up to date parent/guardian email contacts for the your child’s google classroom account, so you may receive an invite to accept updates from this service. Please check your inboxes and get in touch if this link isn’t working.

Yours faithfully

Tom Magowan, Ruairidh Ross, Jared Simpson
Senior Management Team