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COVID-19 Updated Guidance May 2022

 

Whilst the requirement to test for COVID-19 has now been removed, we will continue with the following measures to ensure that risk of spread of COVID-19 is reduced. 

 

  • Keeping indoor areas well ventilated
  • Handwashing - including after blowing noses
  • Ensuring anyone with a high temperature stays off school until their temperature has returned to normal
  • 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 What Parents and Carers Need to Know and Stay safe and prevent spread

 

What should I do if my child has symptoms of Covid-19?

 

If your child has a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, but are otherwise well, they should continue to attend school. Please encourage them to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands after throwing the tissue away. 

 

If your child has a high temperature they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend. 

 

If your child is unwell and you are worried, please seek medical advice. 

 

It is no longer recommended that children are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. If they do have a positive COVID-19 test result however, they should stay at home and avoicd contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, they ca return to school. The risk of passing on infenction is much lower after three days as children tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. 

 

Read the latest government guidance regarding self-isolation

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions:

 

What should I do if my child has symptoms of Covid-19?

 

If your child has a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, but are otherwise well, they should continue to attend school. Please encourage them to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands after throwing the tissue away. 

 

If your child has a high temperature they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend. 

 

If your child is unwell and you are worried, please seek medical advice. 

 

What if my child tests positive for Covid-19?

 

It is no longer recommended that children are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. If they do have a positive COVID-19 test result however, they should stay at home and avoicd contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, they ca return to school. The risk of passing on infenction is much lower after three days as children tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. 

 

Read the latest government guidance regarding self-isolation

 

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 have a high temperature, 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 but are welcome to do so if you choose. We ask all of our staff and parents/carers to continue to be sensitive and respectful to others in this knowing that some people are more vulnerable than others and may wish to continue wearing a face covering in public. 

 

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.

 

 

Please click here to read the updated guidance from the Department for Education for parents and carers.

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