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

Grantown Grammar School pupils and staff are offered a bi-weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test to complete at home. These are available for collection from reception. If you have any questions regarding this programme, then please email the school at grantown.grammar@highland.gov.uk

1. CONSENT
You will be required to complete a consent form and return this to the school, this only needs to be done once and pupils under 16 will need a parent/guardian to sign also. A letter explaining the testing programme was emailed to parent/guardians on 18/02/21.

2. COMPLETE THE TEST
Instructions on how to conduct the LFD test at home are included in the testing kit.
Please complete tests on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, every week.

3. REPORT RESULTS
Report your test results, either negative or positive, void or invalid at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Alternatively, you can report by telephone by calling 0300 303 2713.


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

You have been notified of a case of COVID-19 in a pupil or staff member associated with your child’s class. Your child has been identified as having been in contact with this person. This means they may have shared a classroom or had some other contact in school. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

What should you do now

In keeping with Scottish Government’s updated guidance for managing cases of COVID-19 in schools, there is no requirement for your child to self-isolate, as long as they are well and they have not been contacted separately by Test and Protect and asked to do so. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.  

We are keeping this situation under close review and if there are further cases identified within the school, we will contact NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team who may advise further action to manage the situation and prevent spread.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

Please remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. If you or your child do develop any symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school – they should have a PCR test as soon as possible, and your whole household should stay at home until the test result comes back. Further information on testing, and the rules around self-isolation, can be found on http://www.nhsinform.scot or by phoning 119 if you cannot book online. The most common 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). However, people with COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints, excessive tiredness, sore throat, cold-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting. 

In the event of a positive case, contact will be made by NHS Highland’s Contact Tracing Team. Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness from coronavirus infection. For those people who are eligible, vaccination 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 lateral flow device (LFD) test before returning to school. This can help reduce the likelihood of spread in schools, by catching infections early.
    • If your child is in primary school, you can support them to take a test before returning if you and they wish to do so. This is not required, but can provide you, your child and their school community with reassurance. 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.
    • Your child should not take a lateral flow test if they have any symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should seek a PCR test. 
    • Free at-home LFD test kits are available for you and your primary-school aged children by collection from COVID test centres or pharmacies, or delivery by ordering online.
    • 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.
    • Your child should not take a lateral flow test if they have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 90 days.
  • Arrange vaccination as soon as possible, if you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated. www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Open windows and doors regularly to ventilate your home.
  • Be vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolate when you have symptoms or have been advised by NHS Highland’s contact tracing team or the Health Protection Team.

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


School Closure Information

Highland Council School Closures Link

  • Parents may call 0800 564 2272 to access your schools’ information. Please note, you will need the unique pin number for your school which is 04 21 50
  • The Council’s website http://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures will be updated with information for individual schools
  • The Council’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil will show updated posts on the latest news of school closures and weather related problems
  • The Council’s Twitter page at https://twitter.com/HighlandCouncil will list Tweets of the latest news of school closures and weather related problems

Grantown Grammar Website
www.ggschool.com
Grantown Grammar Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/grantowngrammar/

Adverse Weather Arrangements letters issued:
Letter to parents/guardians – 18 November 2019 by email.
Guidelines to parents and pupils for adverse weather – 18 November 2019 by email.