At GSC we have robust measures in place to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 into the GSC community (young people, staff and visitors).
We have intensified infection control measures across our campus and we support everyone to take care of themselves and each other, including through appropriate physical distancing arrangements, and effective hand and surface hygiene measures and we have been carefully reviewing and updating every time the Scottish and/or UK Governments have updated the rules and regulations.
On Monday 4th January 2021 The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that as of midnight on 5th January 2021 the whole of mainland Scotland returns to a state of Lockdown for the month of January. You can see the full regulations and guidance here:
This difficult decision has been made, the FM stated, because it is now clear from the medical evidence that the new variant of the virus is 70% more transmissible than previous variations of the virus, and this fast spreading form of Coronavirus now accounts for half of new cases in Scotland so further urgent and immediate action is required to slow the spread, save lives and protect the NHS.
While we are in lockdown we will only be able to welcome visitors into the centre on essential business and this means that for young people living at the centre most of the contact they will have with their families and social workers or other professionals involved in their lives will continue to take place remotely over the next few weeks (for example by video link, text, email, phone). We will though do all we can to make sure that where it is safe and possible and allowed under the rules, young people’s visits and meetings with those important to them take place (physically distanced) at the centre. Please contact your child’s care house team to discuss this.
We cannot allow anyone to enter the centre who has Covid-19, or who has any symptoms of the virus, or is living in the same household as, or has been in close contact with, someone who has Covid-19; or who has any symptoms of Covid-19.
We understand that this situation may cause worry and anxiety for young people and families and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to keep young people and staff and any visitors safe and well. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Please read the guidelines for visiting the centre on our website and you can also see more information and a film about visits to the centre below.
You can also see a summary of our School Recovery Plan for Families and Visitors Education Recovery Information For Families.