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This page was last updated: 18 March 2020, 3:30pm

The Scottish government has announced school closures.

Students who need to pick up Chromebooks and other materials can come into the building on Thursday, March 19th to do so. There will be no lessons. The Grade 12 mock exam schedule has been changed (please refer to the communication sent to parents).

Students will begin virtual lessons on Friday, March 20th.

School buses will not run after 3pm Wednesday, March 18th until the building re-opens.

All after school clubs and outside activities are closed until further notice.

The ISA Virtual School plan is available now.

Isolation and Distancing

Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days.

There is additional advice if you do have to self-isolate.

Basic Information

Our Approach
ISA’s decisions will be consistent with the advice from the UK and Scottish governments, and relevant authorities, specifically NHS Scotland. In particular, this means following the guidance for schools which can be downloaded from: here

In addition, our school nurse, Karen Munro, is in regular direct contact with Public Health Scotland for more timely updates and specific advice and clarifications.

Where we get our information from:
Every day, the school checks the UK government website: here

This contains information about: the number of cases, risk level, returning travellers,and recent government action. We use the BBC for any other news updates: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

Personal hygiene
We take our advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as NHS Scotland. This is to take common sense steps to avoid the spread of any contagious disease: wash your hands regularly; when coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. In addition, WHO are now advising against direct physical contact, specifically shaking hands.

For WHO’s full advice including a useful myth busters section: here

What to do if I think I am infected?

If you have concerns that you or any member of your household may have the symptoms of coronavirus, contact your GP or NHS 24 (111) and inform the school. Please follow the advice from the Scottish government on self-isolation given above.

Travel

The government is advising against all non-essential travel

Upcoming Trips

Travel within the UK

All local trips have been cancelled.

Travel outside the UK

The government has advised schools not to travel abroad on school trips. We are following this advice.

Virtual School

The Scottish government has announced school closures across Scotland. Please follow this link for details on how our virtual school will work. This will begin on Friday, March 20th.

Talking with your children

As Covid-19 increasingly dominates the media and enters more frequently into our daily conversation, many of our children are becoming anxious. Our children look to us for reassurance and cures on how to react and respond. Below are some strategies that a number of schools have highlighted and that help to build resilience:

  • Stay Positive - Remember to keep calm. If you show anxiety or fear, your child will pick up on this and also feel nervous and afraid. Changes to the environment and routines can create unease. Having calm, panic-free discussions can ease emotions around these changes. Check-in on how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries rather than ignore them.
  • Stick to the facts - It is important to have thoughtful conversations regarding the coronavirus to dispel anxiety, worry or fear. Look at the facts. Consider your child’s age, processing, and emotions to determine how to frame these conversations to ensure your child understands.
  • Consider Media Consumption -When looking online, consider the source and fact-check to prevent fake news, and think before you share. Be mindful of how much media you are checking and minimize how often you are reading stories. Try to keep a healthy balance (both online and offline) in your daily routines and lifestyle.
  • Eliminate stigma - It is important to be aware of how the coronavirus is explained to your children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Also to communicate that if someone has a fever or cough does not mean this person has the coronavirus.
  • Boost Your Coping Strategies - When anyone has change or uncertainty this can create some levels of worry or anxiety. When this occurs, it is important to use positive coping strategies to manage those emotions. As every person is different, so too are our coping strategies. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to our counsellor who can help with strategies or outside referrals for counselling.

You can find more resources about the emotional impact at: here

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