Covid 19 Information
Please familiarise yourself with the information below
COVID UPDATE (08/09/21)
The Government has made it a national priority that schools should continue to operate as normally as possible to maximise the number of children and young people in face-to face education and minimise any disruption, in a way that best manages the COVID-19 risk. We will continue to follow the latest government guidance and understand the key message is that we need to learn to live with Covid & reduce ongoing educational disruption.
However, having worked hard to establish a safe culture over the last 18 months, we are continuing to take additional precautionary measures. We all need to remain vigilant and adhere to the Covid safety measures in school. These include:
- 2 Covid tests undertaken before the start of term
- Students taking LFD tests twice weekly at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening). Results should be reported to both the NHS Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and the school via the following link:
- Using hand sanitiser when entering the building and classrooms
- Wearing face coverings in communal areas (optional in classrooms). Please ensure that your child brings a couple of face coverings to school everyday.
- Limiting numbers in staff workrooms
- Using Teams meetings where possible
- Having a 2 metre teacher zone in classrooms
- Seating plans to help identify close contacts with desks in rows and students facing the front
- Enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the day
- Facilitating increased ventilation wherever possible
We will keep a watching brief and are awaiting further information from the government following speculation in the media about the likelihood of student vaccinations and additional measures that may improve ventilation.
Clearly whatever happens in school should not be considered in isolation, but as part of the broader picture within our local community. Our priority is to ensure that we have a safe working environment for students and staff and reduce possible transmission within the local area. We expect, and thank you in anticipation of, your continued support for our safety measures.
Please also report a positive result via the school email email@example.com
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Other possible COVID-19 symptoms include: tiredness, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle ache, blocked/runny nose diarrhoea and vomiting.
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. This should be a test taken at an NHS site (a PCR test) and NOT a rapid test taken at a community testing site (an LFT test).
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test students, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).
If anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and they should follow public health advice. For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household.
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
Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. As such, staff and students are expected to self-test at home twice weekly (Sunday and Wednesday evening for students).
Please note that Lateral flow tests are for asymptomatic screening only. ALL positive LFT results must be confirmed by a PCR test. LFTs should not be used for individuals with symptoms.
Confirmatory PCR tests
Staff and pupils with a positive LFT test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
What happens to close contacts?
Please note that from the 16th August 2021 onwards, close contacts who have had both doses of vaccination (more than 14 clear days prior to date of exposure to case) and those aged under 18 years and 6 months will not be required to self-isolate (unless they are symptomatic or test positive), but will be asked to take a PCR test. They will also continue to be asked to consider continuing with twice weekly LFT testing, limiting their social contact, and wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces.
Further information is available at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm