Covid - updated march 2021
Rapid Lateral Flow tests for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Information on what to do if your child develops symptoms/tests positive for COVID-19
It is very important that we have your up to date contact details, if you change your mobile number or email address, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can update our records.
What to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19
You know your child best. Please use your judgement when making a decision about whether they are poorly or not.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If you book a test you MUST inform school of the date of the test and as soon as you get the result
What to do if your child tests positive for COVID- 19
- Please inform the school immediately. During school hours, Monday-Thursday 8am-4.30pm and Friday 8am-2.30pm please telephone 01793 700443 – if outside school hours please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Please include the full name of your child and their year group or class.
- We will contact the Department for Education for advice, they will inform us what action is needed based on the latest public health advice and work through a risk assessment to identify close contacts. This may result in some pupils and staff having to self-isolate due to ‘close contact’.
How will I know if my child has been a close contact?
- The school will contact you via a text to notify you that a ‘Close Contact’ letter has been emailed to inform you of any action you need to take.
I have other children at school who are not a ‘Close Contact’ can they come to school?
- Yes, other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. A child who is self-isolating is not permitted on the school site.
When returning to school after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. In many cases, children will be well enough to attend school and continue their learning with little or no interruption to their education. In other cases, for instance, where they have quite a heavy cold, they may need to take a day or two off to recover.
This is not the case for children and young people with potential COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate and seek a test through NHS 119
In order to ensure your children do not miss out on their education, it is important tobe clear about how COVID-19 symptoms differ from those of other infections that we
normally see circulating at this time of year.
If your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 (see below) but has other coldlike symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can come to school if fit to do so.
If you are unsure about your child’s symptoms, please contact NHS 111 for advice.
It is important that all of us – including those who make up the community around a school - are vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 and understand what actions we should take if someone develops them, either at school or at home.
The main symptoms to be aware of are:
- new continuous cough
- fever/high temperature
- loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste
If a young person or a child in your care develops any of the above symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should book them a test. NHS 119
Please see the link below to Public Health England Staying at Home Guidance
Home Learning - The Government have made it clear that education is now not optional. It is hugely important that children do not fall further behind.
Staff will contact you with further details about accessing and completing learning at home.
Home learning teaching and resources will be available on the school website under the Home learning year group Home Learning