Ardnamurchan High School News
09 September 2021Covid Guidance from Highland Council
Please find the latest guidance from Highland Council below, which schools have been asked to post on our social media channels. We are aware that parents are finding this very confusing and should there be any further clarification, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Thank you. C Millar-Craig
“Children who are sick should not attend school and where a child has symptoms that could be from COVID they should stay at home and have a PCR test booked. Once well and with a negative PCR test, they can return to school.
If a case of COVID arises in a member of staff or student at a school, letters will be issued to those who have been in contact with the case which will explain what action needs to be taken. There will be no need for school contacts to self-isolate unless they are contacted by Test and Protect. In the event of further cases in the school, additional action will be taken and in the event of a significant outbreak advice will be sought from the Health Protection Team and actions undertaken depending on the specific circumstances.”
Further information for families is available on the NHS Inform website at www.nhsinform.scot
07 September 2021School Captains
School Captains 2021/22
Congratulations to our School Captains who were elected recently.
Head Boy - Hamish Kennedy
Head Girl - Esme Tilling
Deputy Head Boy - Leo Green
Deputy Head Girl - Kirsty MacKay
31 August 2021Lochaber Housing Association Award for Academic Achievement
Congratulations to Dugald Macintyre who received this award for last session.
We wish him every success in his chosen course at Edinburgh University in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.
31 August 2021Useful information for young people, parents and families about Covid symptoms and testing
Useful information for young people, parents and families about Covid symptoms and testing
ParentClub is aimed at parents but explains how covid and testing can be explained to children, helpful links:
- Does my child need a covid-19 test? (this has been on the back to school page for a while)
- Covid testing for staff and pupils – this page explains process and links to videos and help
- Scottish schools and coronavirus
YoungScot is primarily aimed at young people. Helpful links:
- (video) How to do a nasal & throat swab lateral flow test video
- What to expect from a Covid-19 test
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Jargonbuster (really helpful for young people)
26 August 2021Hydrogen Schools Project
We are delighted to report on a Pupil Trip that took place on Wednesday this week.
Most of the S2 pupils travelled to Lochaber High School for an event organised under the Hydrogen Schools Project and sponsored by Arcola Energy working with Highland Council.
The pupils were really engaged in activities surrounding the use of hydrogen as a fuel source and more activities are to follow.
20 August 2021NHS Letter
This standard NHS letter was sent to all parents/guardians of pupils at AHS yesterday
Date: Wednesday 18th August 2021
Enquiries to:Health Protection Team
Direct Line:01463 704886
For parents/guardians of children at Ardnamurchan High School
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Parents have identified their child as having a positive LFD COVID Test result and has informed us today that they are undertaking a PCR test as per government guidance. We know that you may find this concerning but we are working in close partnership with the school to manage this situation. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. All close contacts of the case who need to take specific actions have been identified, contacted and advised to follow the latest guidance from Scottish Government on self-isolation and testing.
What should you do now
In keeping with Scottish Government’s updated isolation policy, there is no requirement for your child to self-isolate as long as they are well. 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.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
Please remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will not happen but if your child, or any of your household, develops symptoms a PCR test should be booked as soon as possible. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for PCR testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. The whole household should isolate if anyone in the household develops symptoms.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS Inform.
In the event of a positive case, contact will be made by NHS Highland’s Contact Tracing Team.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
• get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so and are eligible. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell. If anyone who is eligible in your family or home has not yet been vaccinated then they should arrange vaccination as soon as possible.
• regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• wash your hands as soon as you get home
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• open windows/doors regularly to ventilate your home
• be vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms
• self-isolate when you have symptoms or have been advised by the contact tracing team
Further information is available at:
Dr Jenny Wares
Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Health Protection)
24 June 2021NHS Scotland Notice for Snr Pupils
COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT - CANCELLED
Further to your invitation to attend for COVID-19 vaccine please note this appointment has been cancelled.
Unfortunately, as you will not be 18 years old by the 31st July 2021 you are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
If your appointment is after you receive this letter, please do not attend the venue as our vaccination team will be unable to administer the vaccine for you at this time. I do apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have already made arrangements to attend your appointment I am sorry that we were unable to contact you in advance and do apologise for any inconvenience.
Please be reassured that you will be offered the vaccination in accordance with national policy guidance when you become eligible.
If you would like further information please visit www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk.
Director Of Public Health
23 June 2021Summer of Hope
ScotGov Get Into Summer campaign,
“Get Into Summer” relates to Highland Council's Summer of Hope activities. This gives parents lots of ideas about what they can do to build happy memories over the summer.
This is a promo film from ScotGov
View the Parent Club ‘Get Into Summer’ Film