Weekly update 21st May 2021

Dear Parent Carer,


Just a reminder that school is closed to pupils on Monday 24th May as it’s an in-service day for staff.

Water Bottles

Could Parents and Carers please ensure their child bring their own filled water bottle to school every day. The children can refill in the school using out cold water bubblers.

COVID19 Update


I’m sure that the change in restrictions was welcomed by many families on Monday. It is a long awaited sign of progress in the right direction. However, I feel it is important that I emphasise that although there are changes to our family, community and social lives, schools still have very detailed guidelines which have not changed significantly. This means that although there are some changes, much of what we currently have in place is still relevant. I am aware that your children will feel that for a long time there has been extra rules and processes in place.

We take our responsibilities very seriously and follow all required protocols for the protection of all at Dunbar Primary School.

I ask that you support your child in understanding that the procedures we have in place are still required and as soon as we can operate in a different way – we will. I ask that you support the following key messages.

Be alert to any symptoms of Covid-19 and follow the current guidance in isolating and arranging a test. It is imperative that you alert the school as soon as possible of a positive result. This then allows us to complete our track and trace procedures in good time.

In Dunbar Primary School  School we:

Continue to promote good respiratory and hand hygiene.
Have enhanced cleaning protocols and well ventilated learning spaces. Operate a ‘bubble’ system. This means that children belong
to a class bubble and where possible they remain within
that for the duration of the day.

I know that children may have friends and siblings in other bubbles, and at times are finding it very hard in the playground,  but for now we must keep the children in class groups. I ask politely to  talk to your child behind why the school has to have to operate in this way.


Friday, 21 May; Saturday, 22 May; Sunday, 23 May- Dunbar Leisure Pool

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones and people in the community. That’s why local arrangements are in place for people without symptoms to get tested. This 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.

Home delivery of rapid lateral flow test kits

Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests online

Asymptomatic testing centre for all East Lothian residents

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms opens in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April. The facility is located located at the previous Stoneyhill Community Centre.

Getting tested is quick and easy. No appointment is required. Its launch 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.

COVID-19 does still present a significant risk. 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.

The facility open to everyone from East Lothian as long as you don’t have symptoms – a fever, cough, or loss or change of smell. If you do have symptoms, you need to book a test elsewhere.

Opening hours are 11am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday). Address: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

Find out more about the test centre.

Watch a video about community testing.

Mobile testing units in East Lothian

Two mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are currently being used to help identify positive cases and break chains of transmission. Testing is only for people without symptoms (see further information on this page about what to do if you have symptoms). You can visit for a test more than once.

The mobile testing units will be available from 10:00am to 6:00pm at:

Tuesday, 18 May; Wednesday, 19 May; Thursday 20 May

  • The Mercat Bar & Grill, Whitecraig
  • Port Seton Centre

Friday, 21 May; Saturday, 22 May; Sunday, 23 May

  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool

Walk-in appointments – are available on the day. Alternatively bookings can be made from 6pm on the day before you want to take a test either online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

What happens if I test positive?

You will need to self-isolate. Practical, confidential support is available within the testing facility, to support you and your household, if you test positive. We can give you advice on different financial help which is available. If you need general advice (not health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty you can:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

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

Further information on wraparound support available for self-isolation can be found by calling the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.

What happens if I test negative?

You should continue to follow all national guidance including following current restrictions and physical distancing. Although you may not have the virus at this time, it is still circulating and there is a risk of catching it.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 a different type of test should be taken. You can make an appointment through the NHS Inform website or telephone: 0300 303 2713 – the phone line is available between 7:00am and 11:00pm Monday to Sunday.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate.

Dunbar Primary Forest School Group

Great afternoon at Forest school on  Tuesday – making super progress on our habitat piles! Everyone agreed we would have loved spending the whole day working on it! We also tried ‘Hedge Mustard’ and nibbled on Dandelion and Daisy petals too!





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