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Universal testing and self-isolation advice for parents

A message to parents and carers on universal testing and self-isolation advice issued on Tuesday 25 May 2021.

Dear Parent or Carer,

Thank you for everything you are doing to support our children, young people and staff to be safe and well at school. By following the national coronavirus protection measures, also known as FACTS, you are supporting our schools, nurseries and their communities to help suppress the virus.

It’s been a difficult 14 months for everyone, so it is a welcome boost for our mental and physical health and wellbeing to be able to get out and meet family and friends. It’s important that we continue to take advantage of these opportunities while we also follow the COVID rules to protect ourselves and others.

That’s why I wanted to highlight that anyone without covid-19 symptoms can now get a test through universal testing. You can pick up a test at a testing centre.

There are also two mobile testing units for those living, working or going to school in Renfrew and the Glenburn and Foxbar areas of Renfrewshire.

Renfrew Town Hall is open until 5pm on Tuesday 25 May. It’s a drop in test site, so you won’t need to book an appointment, however, you must have no symptoms to attend this test site. You can read more about the Renfrew mobile testing site on the Council’s website.

Glenburn Community Centre is open for at least one week, until 6pm on Sunday 30 May. You must book an appointment, although if you turn up and there is space you won’t be turned away. You can have symptoms or have no symptoms to attend this site. There’s more information on Glenburn and Foxbar’s mobile testing site on the Council’s website.

The more testing that we do, the clearer idea we have on how coronavirus is spreading in our communities, so I would encourage you to use this service.

If you or anyone in your house has the symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and book a test. You should not send your child to school or nursery and you should not go to your place of work if you don’t work from home. COVID-19 symptoms are:

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

If your child is asked to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should book a test for them. Even if their test results come back negative, your child must continue to self-isolate for the full 10-day period. This is because the virus could still be developing in your child’s system.

If your child tests positive, then you and the rest of your household must self-isolate. We also recommend that you book a test as a close contact.

If your child develops symptoms while they are self-isolating, you should book another test and everyone in your household should also self-isolate and book a test.

It’s really important we all continue to do our bit and stick by the rules to support our schools and nurseries. Remember to wear a face covering if you can, avoid crowds, and keep your distance from people not in your household. The more we can reduce the chances for the virus to spread, the better for all of us.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for your continued support and patience over these last 14 months. It really is appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Steven Quinn

Director of Children’s Services


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