<last updated 20 January 2022>
- If they have symptoms they must self-isolate and get a PCR test.
- If they do not have symptoms they are advised to do a lateral flow test every day for 7 days. As long as the results are negative and they are well, they must continue to attend school. If they receive a positive lateral flow test at any point in the 7 days they must self-isolate, and get a PCR test if they show symptoms.
- Follow NHS guidelines for self-isolation.
Yes, only the child who is self-isolating must isolate and not go to school. All other children can go to school unless they have symptoms or a positive test.
If at any point your child needs to stay at home, it is essential that they continue with their learning. Your child’s school will give you learning resources or access to online lessons. These will be confirmed by your school.
SYMPTOMS AND TESTING
If your child has one or more of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for over an hour or 3+ coughing episodes in 24hrs
- A loss or change to sense of smell or taste
- Immediately self-isolate and only leave the house to get a PCR test: Self referral test for coronavirus service.
- Call your school as normal to inform them of the absence.
If the test is negative they should return to school when they are well enough to do so.
If the test is positive they should continue to self-isolate for 10 days. They can take lateral flow tests on day 5 and day 6 of the self-isolation (24 hours apart). If both of these tests are negative and they do not have a high temperature they can return to school. If at least one of the tests is positive, they must continue to self-isolate until they do not have a high temperature and either they complete the 10 day isolation or they test negative for 2 consecutive days.
You will be contacted and you will need to collect your child from school immediately. Until you can collect your child, they will be looked after in a designated room where they can be kept away from other pupils and staff to minimise any potential spread of the virus. A staff member will stay with them respecting social distancing rules where possible and wearing appropriate PPE if needed.
Yes, unless they have symptoms themselves, or test positive.
They are advised to do lateral flow tests for 7 days. If any of these tests are positive or they show symptoms, they must self-isolate and follow NHS guidance.
If your child tests positive:
- Call your school to tell them.
- Send the test confirmation to the school as soon as possible.
- Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of their confirmed positive test.
- If they have symptoms they should book a PCR test.
- If they do not have symptoms they do not need to do a PCR test.
- They can complete lateral flow tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period (24 hours apart). If both tests are negative and they do not have a high temperature they can go back to school. If at least one test is positive they must continue to self-isolate until they do not have a high temperature and either complete their 10 day self-isolation period or they test negative for 2 consecutive days.
If someone else in the household tests positive:
- Your child is advised to do lateral flow tests every day for 7 days. If any of the tests are positive or they show symptoms, they must self-isolate and follow NHS guidelines on self-isolation.
CASES IN ACADEMIES
NHS Test and Trace will contact individuals directly if they are required to self-isolate.
Schools are no longer responsible for tracing and informing close contacts of a positive case.
Your child must attend school unless they show symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test.
Schools will work with the Trust, local authorities and Department for Education to find out the number of people affected by any confirmed cases and the level of closure needed or number of people who need to isolate.
Due to strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place in our schools, it is unlikely that we would need to close a whole school.
We will consider each case separately and take the steps needed to make sure our learners and staff are safe and also enable children’s education to continue.
- In primary academies, staff and visitors should wear face coverings in communal areas, unless exempt under government guidelines.
- In secondary academies, staff, students and visitors should wear face coverings in communal areas, unless exempt under government guidelines.
- All staff, pupils and visitors need to make sure they wash their hands often thoroughly throughout the day.
- Hand sanitiser is available throughout the schools and everyone is encouraged to use this when entering and exiting areas and rooms.
- School facilities are subject to increased and thorough cleaning to minimise likelihood of spreading the virus.
- Maintain 2-metre social distancing where possible.
- Department for Education no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) or to keep groups apart as much as possible.
Our first concern is always the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students and we have a full risk assessment in place to help us consider the best and safest way to run our schools to ensure the best education provision for our students.
Responding to unconfirmed cases is difficult for our schools and presents the possibility of significant and at times unnecessary disruption to our children’s learning, which we will always seek to limit.
We have increased hygiene and social distancing measures in place to minimise the likelihood of the virus spreading.
We will continue to take advice from Public Health England and make any further changes as swiftly as possible. We will keep families up to date with any further changes via their schools.
We are not taking children’s temperatures at school.
Any child displaying symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home and not come into school.
If your child becomes unwell whilst at school, you will be contacted, and you will need to collect your child from school immediately. Until you can collect your child, they will be looked after in a designated room where they can be kept away from other pupils and staff to minimise any potential spread of the virus. A staff member will stay with them respecting social distancing rules where possible and wearing appropriate PPE if needed.