Weekly Update 9th May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

New Covid-19 test centre for East Lothian residents ready to open

 

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April.

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12-6pm on Friday, 30 April. It will be open again from 11am-6pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday-Saturday) 11am-6pm. No appointment is required.

The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information is online.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect

 Q&A

What happens at the test?

The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.

When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.

The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register.

You will be directed to a booth where you will get instructions on how to take the test.  Staff are on hand to help. A swab is put into a tube and taken away by a member of staff to be analysed.

After you have taken the test please return to your home or car and stay there until you receive your test results. Please do not go shopping to carry out any other activities until you receive your test results.

You will receive your results approximately 45 minutes after you take the test.

If you don’t have a mobile phone, a member of staff will ask you to wait in a designated area. Please wait here until a member of staff tells you your results.

What happens if the test results are negative?

This would mean that you are not carrying the virus at that time but please continue to follow the public FACTS public health guidance and any other relevant protection measures in place in the local area.

What happens if the test results are positive?

You need to take what is called a PCR test to confirm your positive test results. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

If your PCR test is then positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you receive the result of your PCR test. NHS Test and Protect will then contact you and ask you to identify any close contacts you may have been in touch with. Everyone in your household and any other close contacts will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your PCR test.

What happens if the test results are void?

You will need to take what is called a PCR test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

How can I get tested if I’m not able to visit the facility in Musselburgh?

Mobile test units are currently being deployed in local communities. You can take a rapid test at one of the mobile units. View the current schedule here.

Alternatively, you can also order free lateral flow home test kits test. More information is online.

What should I do if I do have symptoms of COVID-19?

As the Stoneyhill facility is for asymptomatic testing only, if you have symptoms of COVID make an appointment elsewhere through the NHS Inform website:

Self-help guide: Access to testing for coronavirus | NHS inform

Or telephone: 0300 303 2713

The phone line is available between 7 am and 11 pm Mon – Sunday

If you have tested positive for COVID, you must self isolate.

If you need general advice (not Health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty either:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

SNSA For P1, P4 and P7

SCOTTISH NATIONAL STANDARDISED ASSESSMENT (SNSA)

Online Copy of Information Leaflet sent out to parents of P1 , P4 and P7 today.

What is SNSA?

In session 2017/18 the Scottish Government introduced a new system of standardised assessments, called the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA), which replaced the variety of other standardised assessments that were used in local authorities across Scotland. The new system is being delivered in all Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools and will involve all children at the P1, P4, P7 and S3 stages of their education, focusing on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy. Last year many schools did not manage to do these assessments due to the school closures as a result of lockdown.

What will SNSA involve in my child’s school?

  • The assessments are completed online and will be automatically marked by the system, providing teachers with immediate feedback. The assessments do not have any pass/fail mark, as results are used to help teachers plan the next steps in learning for each child in order to help them make the best possible progress.
  • SNSA is an adaptive system, which means that all pupils are challenged and receive an assessment suited to their ability. It is designed so that if a child is struggling with the initial questions being asked, it will make subsequent ones easier. Similarly, if the child copes well with the initial questions, it will make subsequent questions more challenging.
  • Children do not have to revise or prepare for the assessments. They are designed to be used as part of normal teaching and learning and the information that they provide will be used in the same way as other assessment information which arises from day to day teaching and learning activities.
  • The assessments do not have a time limit attached to them, however, the majority of children will complete an assessment in no more than 45 minutes. Pupils in P1 will take 2 assessments (one in literacy and one in numeracy) and pupils in P4, P7 and S3 will take three assessments (in reading, writing and numeracy).
  • The assessments are designed, as far as possible, to be appropriate for use with all children. Children who require additional support will be able to receive the support they normally receive in the classroom when completing the assessments.

What does SNSA mean for Parents/Carers?

The information that is generated from SNSA adds to the range of other assessment information arising from normal teaching and learning activity. As such, it is primarily designed to be used by teachers to assist them in identifying strengths and areas for development and for planning next steps in learning. As part of the range of assessment information available, SNSA will also assist teachers in assessing when key stages in learning, such as when a Curriculum for Excellence Level has been achieved.

The information arising from SNSA will also play a role in informing the normal engagement processes with parents/carers (Parents’ Evenings, Reporting processes etc.) about their children’s learning, which will take place in each school.

Where can I find out further information about SNSA?

The Scottish Government have created a dedicated website at https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot

When will students be doing their SNSA in Dunbar Primary School?

We will be completing these assessments between 10th May and 10th June 2021. This will start with P7 moving on to P4 and P1 around the weeks beginning 24th May Students will come in groups and complete the assessment in one of our computer suites on a PC or Chromebook. Some children will have support for these assessments.

If you require further information regarding these Assessments please contact Mr MacRury on 01368 860997.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (10th
– 17th May). The words ‘mental health’ get used a lot more now a days than in the past.

Our mental health is a bit like a rollercoaster – sometimes it goes up (we feel amazing and like we can achieve everything we want to), and sometimes it goes down (where we might feel the opposite and worry a lot, feel down, and feel dysregulated). Often our up and down moments can change at times where something has happened – below are some examples. Usually it isn’t just one thing that makes your mental health decrease, and sometimes there is no obvious cause. Whether you know the reason or not, it’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault and that things can get better. It is a normal to experience both positive and negative aspects in our life – the negative moments won’t last forever, but it can start to become a problem when;
It is happening for a long period of time
 We don’t have healthy coping strategies – or are using unhealthy coping strategies
 It is affecting aspects of our lives – school/work, relationships, doing things we enjoy
 You find yourself doing things that worry you

So, what is mental health?

Mental Health is all about how we feel, think and act. We
can have good and bad mental health days. It is important to know we all have mental health and mental health does not mean mental illness, or ill health.

Most of us will struggle with our mental health at some point, and what helps one person might not help everyone! Just like our physical health, when we become ill it is not our fault, but we do need to seek support and advice to help you feel better. Trust your instincts – if you notice a negative change in how you are feeling,
thinking or acting then speak to someone you trust or contact one of the organisations listed below to have a confidential conversation.
The earlier you reach out and speak about any concerns around ill health, the more likely you are to get the right
help.

Mental Health Support for Parents

Children 1st Parentline can support families in East Lothian struggling with money worries, family troubles, or feeling low. For more information, visit:
Children 1st Parentline – Parenting Help, Advice & Support | Children 1st

Young Minds

Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)

Support for Children and Young people

Childline 0800 1111
9am-3.30am
Childline | Childline
Children and young people can contact Childline with any worries or
concerns. There is also an online message board to speak with other young people in similar situations to yourself.

 

Many Thanks Danni Spencer – Mental Health Youth Worker Preston Lodge High School for the text above.

 

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