Start of Term Update - January 2022

A message from Gillian Brydson, Director Skills, Education and Learning.

Loudhailer announcement

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope all children and families had a happy and safe Christmas holiday.

Our schools are well prepared for the pupils returning to schools on Friday 7 January and have plans in place to continue to take every step we can to reduce transmission of the virus and keep our communities safe.

Before coming back to school we ask all secondary pupils to take a Lateral Flow Test, and continue with their twice weekly testing regime, remembering to report the results even when they are negative.  This means that our Public Health colleagues have the best possible information to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, and, for those with positive results, so the correct advice can be given those in close contact, to prevent onward spread of the virus.

I thank all pupils and parents for their ongoing efforts and I do take some hope from the First Ministers statement that over the coming weeks we will turn the corner and that educationally, as well as socially and economically, we can begin to recover.

Yours sincerely

Gillian Brydson

Director Skills, Education and Learning
Dumfries and Galloway Council


Changes to self-isolation for school pupils

Following the update from the First Minister on 5 January, guidance has been updated to reflect when pupils need to isolate:

Close contacts who are aged under 18 years and 4 months, can take daily LFD tests for 7 days instead of isolation - provided the tests are negative and they remain without symptoms.

Positive cases are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. However, if the individual returns two consecutive negative LFD tests on from day 6 (taken at least 24 hours apart) then the individual can end isolation

Further information on the changes to the guidance click here