15th December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

To ensure we are able to support families who may test positive over Christmas and New Year, we have put in place arrangements that will allow City of Edinburgh Council staff to work with Health Protection Lothian to identify potential close contacts in schools. For this to be most effective, we are asking you to note the following:


  • Until Tuesday, 22nd December, please report any absence to your child’s school so we can keep our records up to date
  • If your child is symptomatic with any of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school
    • a new continuous cough.
      • A new continuous cough is where you have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour have had three or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours and are coughing more than usual.
    • and/or a fever/high temperature
      • A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery
  • During the school holidays, if your child has had a positive test result for Covid-19 please call 0131 200 2000 so we can carry out the tracing and contact process for others who may be affected. 
  • The school’s email boxes will not be monitored over the holiday period.


As your child(ren) is in the same class or bubble the school will share attendance information with the Health Protection Team so they can identify and notify close contacts. 


If someone needs urgent social care or you think an adult or child needs protection, call Social Care Direct 0131 200 2324

In the evening and at weekends or public holidays, you can call Emergency Social Work, free of charge from a landline. Your mobile phone provider may charge for 0800 calls 0800 731 6969

Monday to Thursday 5pm to 8.30am

weekends from Friday 3.55pm to Monday 8.30am

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