Covid 19 Information
Please familiarise yourself with the information below
New Covid Guidance
From the 1st April, the Government have issued new guidance with regard to the next steps for living with COVID-19. With this guidance the Government are essentially asking the population to treat the virus as any other respiratory infection such as a cold or flu. If you feel unwell or believe you have Covid-19 you should follow this advice;
Don't come to school if...
children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
- continuous cough
- high temperature, fever or chills
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
- not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
- headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
- sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
• Students with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days,
• adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
• adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
Tests are no longer be available free of charge unless you are NHS staff or in specific identified groups. Asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in education settings and the school is no longer able to distribute test kits. Indeed, most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings has now been withdrawn by the government.
From Monday 4th April, the wearing of face coverings in school will be optional. However, the pandemic is not over and how the virus will develop over time remains uncertain. COVID still poses a real risk to many of us, particularly with case rates and hospitalisations on the rise. Covid numbers have remained low over recent weeks and today we have 24 students and 3 members of staff absent having tested positive. Please continue to send your child into school with a face covering and encourage them to wear it as it remains sensible to wear a mask in enclosed spaces, keep indoor spaces ventilated and stay away from others if you have any symptoms of a respiratory illness.
Please also report a positive result via the school email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards