Coronavirus advice and information from September 2021 & January 2022
This page has been provided to give families key information about the school during the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide you with regular updates regarding any school closure.
The school is fully open for all pupils of all ages.
The Government may instruct that the school is to close again to pupils other than those who are Critical Worker or vulnerable children. In this instance, the school will define vulnerable pupils as those who have social care involvement, have an EHCP, are Looked After Children (LAC; SGO) or are Post Looked After Children (PLAC). Critical Worker and vulnerable children would be taught from 8:45am to 3:30pm in our 'Rainbow' classes. All information regarding Rainbow class would be sent to families at the time and would be accessed at the bottom of this page.
Any child who is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school and a PCR test must be booked. Please visit this page for booking a COVID-19 test. Attendance is mandatory for all children aged 5 and over. All attendance will be recorded and monitored, with any absence being dealt with through the usual attendance procedure. Parents should be aware that exceeding ten sessions of unauthorised absence may result in them receiving a fine from the Local Authority. If the whole school is closed or there is a bubble closure, pupil absence is marked with an authorised code and no fines are issued.
What happens if my child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive ?
From August 16th 2021, children under the age of 18 will no longer be told to self-isolate if they are deemed a close contact. They may well be informed by NHS Track and Trace that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
The school is also tracking contacts as an extra control measure and will inform parents if it is believed that their child is a close contact - this measure is to minimise any spread within the school.
From January 2022, the new guidance around Close Contacts recommends that you carry out daily lateral flow tests on your child for the next 7 days to ensure that they have not contracted COVID. As long as your child has a negative result each day, they are able to attend school.
The recommendation to have a PCR is no longer relevant unless your child displays symptoms. If they do, this is when a PCR should be immediately booked and your child kept off school until the results are received.
Should your child receive a positive result at any point either via a LFT or PCR, this needs to be registered on the NHS website (if it is a PCR test this will be done automatically). If a positive result is received, please inform the school as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to email@example.com and in the subject line please put URGENT POSITIVE COVID CASE.
Your child would then need to isolate, with follow up LFT's being taken 24 hours apart on day 5 and day 6 of their isolation period. If the tests on both day 5 and day 6 provide negative results, then the isolation period is able to end. If they are showing as positive on either day 5 and/or day 6, your child will need to continue to isolate until they have 2 consecutive days of negative LFTs (taken 24 hours apart) or they reach the end of the 10-day isolation period.
The same process applies for any contact with a positive COVID case, whether inside or outside of school.
The school closes fully during all school holidays. If a child tests positive for COVID-19 during a holiday period, parents must let the school know immediately despite us being closed. The school will need to see evidence of the positive test result (this can be a screenshot or a forwarded email). Parents will need to inform the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and marking the email URGENT - Positive COVID case
The school may need to contact parents during a holiday period whilst we are working in these unprecedented times. Parents should ensure that they always check their ParentMail messages on a daily basis, as this is our main form of communication.
What is the Coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed Coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 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 three 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
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Preventing the spread of infection:
The best way to prevent infection is through hygiene. Some general principles that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:
- washing your hands often with soap and water
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- wearing a face covering
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- ventilating rooms
- socially distance from others, keeping a minimum of 2m apart
To find out current, up to date information about the spread of Coronavirus, please visit this link:
Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 and test results are generally received within 30 minutes (lateral flow testing) or within 24 hours (polymerise chain reaction (PCR) testing). Tests can be requested by calling NHS 119 or clicking here. The school has a small supply of COVID-19 PCR test kits but these are only given out for a pupil who starts to show symptoms when at school but has no means to testing when going home.
As a school, we follow Government advice and instruction regarding COVID-19. We will regularly update parents about any changes that need to be implemented and the reasons behind these - these will be communicated by ParentMail.
Whilst children and staff are at school, we are doing everything that we can to ensure that no infection happens. Children and staff are encouraged regularly to wash their hands throughout the day, hand sanitisers are located in every classroom and throughout the school and full cleaning takes place daily. Disinfectant spray is used throughout the day in any teaching area, to ensure that surfaces remain as clean and hygienic as possible.