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Staff member at Nairn Academy tests positive for Covid-19

By Gregor White

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A "small number" of people from Nairn Academy will have to self-isolate after a member of staff contracted coronavirus.

A letter from NHS Highland issued this afternoon tells parents: "The NHS Highland Health Protection Team (HPT) have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in one of the members of staff in the school.

"We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with the head teacher.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

"The affected person was last at school on Wednesday 30th September.

"Contact tracing is ongoing.

"Pupils who have been identified as close contacts during the school day will be contacted directly and should self-isolate at home for 14 days until Tuesday 14th October.

"They can return to school as normal after the October break.

"If you have not already been contacted then your child has not been identified as a close contact."

It adds: "As long as your child is well, and as long as other members of the household have no symptoms and are well, then everyone in the house can all go about their normal business, go to work and school etc.

"Anyone who is well and has no symptoms does not need to be tested."

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: “A small number of people from Nairn Academy have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days as they have been identified as a possible close contact of a positive Covid case.

“Letters have been sent out to the school community today (8 October 2020).

“Highland Council continues to work in partnership with NHS Highland Health Protection Team.

“The school has an enhanced cleaning regime in place and remains open till end of term (Friday).”

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