Health & Safety

You can view our risk assessment here – Mearns Academy Covid_19 Risk Assessment 7th October 2020

To enable Mearns Academy to open safely for all staff and young people we have considered the following:

  • Limit the interaction between different groups of students
  • Display coronavirus infection control measures and information posters around the school
  • Ensure handwashing is frequent using running water and soap or sanitiser
  • Ensure surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned
  • Identify a ventilated room for anyone symptomatic to await collection
  • Ensure PPE is worn by supervising adults if students become symptomatic
  • Monitor the use of toilet facilities throughout the school day
  • Limit movement throughout the building
  • Review transport including pick up and drop off points

Pupil should NOT attend school if any of the following apply:

  • They are displaying any of the COVID 19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change in sense of smell or taste)
  •  They are required to self-isolate for 14 days if a member of the household had tested positive or is displaying symptoms
  •  They are required to shield
  •  They have been contacted as part of the Test and Protect programme

 Protocols and procedures are in place should a pupil or member of staff become unwell and display COVID 19 symptoms while in school.  These procedures follow Public Health guidelines.

Should this happen to a pupil parents will be contacted and asked to collect them from the school.  For this reason, we ask that all parents/carers are always available to be contacted when pupils are in school and we have your up to date contact numbers.


In line with Scottish Government Guidance the position on face coverings in schools is:

  • Face coverings should not be required for most children (other than those clinically advised to wear one)
  • Where adults cannot keep 2m distance and are interacting face-to-face for a sustained period (about 15 minutes or more), face coverings should be worn

Anyone wishing to wear a face covering in school should be allowed to do so