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Huntly secondary school closed after Covid-19 case confirmed


By Pat Scott

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The Gordon Schools in Huntly is closed today after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Families were notified of the confirmed case by Rector Phil Gaiter on Monday night when he indicated that the school would remain open.

But this morning, further notification from the school told pupils that due to staff shortages it would be closed to all pupils today.

Immediately after confirmation of the case, believed to be a pupil in year five, was received, an NHS Grampian Health Protection Team (HPT) arrived at the school to work with senior management to identify the pupil's close contacts.

Pupil and staff movements through the school and on school transport, class seating plans and classroom layouts were all reviewed and the affected pupil spoken with to establish close contacts.

All those identified as close contacts are now self isolating in line with the guidance issued to them by the NHS test and Protect System.

In the message to families on Monday night, Rector Phil Gaiter said: "There is no evidence of transmission of Covid-19 within the school. The HPT team have advised that all other pupils can continue to attend school as normal unless they develop Covid-19 symptoms or are identified as a close contact outside the school settingby NHS Test and Protect."



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