COVID-19 Updated Guidance September 2021
The Government has made it a national priority that education and childcare settings should continue to operate as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, many of the measures we had in place last term to manage the spread of COVID-19 have been relaxed but we will be continuing with the following measures:
- Keeping indoor areas well ventilated
- Regular handwashing
- Reminders not to touch their faces/noses
- Ensuring anyone with symptoms self-isolates and takes a test before returning to school
- Regular cleaning
The school has a contingency plan in place describing what will we do to reintroduce more restrictive measures which may be necessary if there is a significant number of cases in the school or local community.
For further guidance please read the NHS document: Stay safe and prevent spread
What should I do if my child has symptoms of Covid-19?
If your child has any of the following 3 symptoms, even if they are mild, they must not come into school and must get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Your child should also self-isolate if they have tested postive for COVID-19 which means they have the virus.
PLEASE NOTE that children under the age of 18 are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions:
How can we all stop the spread of coronavirus?
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available - click here to watch a video by the NHS about how to wash your hands;
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- if you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school;
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin;
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home; and,
- if you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP.
Do I still need to wear a face covering?
You do not need to wear a mask when coming into the school. We do however recommend that you wear one if you are travelling to school on crowded public transport.
What will happen if a child or member of staff has the symptoms of coronavirus?
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) which are a fever, a persistent dry cough, and/or change in sense of taste/smell, must remain off school and get a test.
Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
Whilst waiting for the results of their test, which come in the form of a text message and an e-mail, the individual should self-isolate at home.
If their test comes back negative, the child's parent/carer will telephone the school straight away and forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org as evidence. The child must return to school as soon as possible.
If their test comes back positive, the child's parent/carer will telephone the school straight away and forward the e-mail to email@example.com as evidence.
Any individual who has tested positive for coronavirus must remain off school for 10 days, this self-isolation period includes the day their symptoms started (or the day they had the test, if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Please note, they may need to self-isolate for longer if they get symptoms while self-isolating or their symptoms do not go away.
Please remember that the usual coughs and colds that occur frequently in the autumn and winter months will still be in circulation, and so this is why it is important for children, staff and parents/carers to get tested to rule out coronavirus so school life may continue as normal.
If my child has to self-isolate, how will schoolwork be set?
If your child has to self-isolate, please click here to find more information about how we organise remote education (which means learning at home).
We will telephone families at least weekly to check on your child's well-being while they are absent from school.
Who can I talk to if I'm worried about the virus and how it affects my child's education?
You can contact the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm (Monday to Friday)
Please click here to read the updated guidance from the Department for Education for parents and carers.