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.
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.
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
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.
The government is advising against all non-essential travel
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.
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.
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:
You can find more resources about the emotional impact at: here