- Phone your school to tell them.
- Your child will need to isolate for 10 days.
- If after 10 days, your child has no symptoms, they must return to school.
- If your child has any symptoms during the 10 days, they need to get tested immediately.
- If this test is positive, your child must isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.
- If negative, your child must complete the initial 10 days’ isolation period
Yes, only the child who is a contact of the confirmed case must isolate and not go to school. All other children can go to school.
If the child who was a contact of a confirmed case goes on to develop symptoms, all other members of the household must then isolate for 10 days.
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 or a family member 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
- Call your school to tell them.
- Immediately isolate and only leave the house to get a test.
- Book your test for the household: Self referral test for coronavirus service
- Remain in self-isolation until you receive your test results.
If there is a positive result within the household:
- Call your school to tell them about the positive test result.
- Send the test confirmation to your school as soon as possible.
- Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the confirmed positive test.
If everyone in the household is confirmed as negative:
- Your child must return to 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.
If someone in your household has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, your child must not come into school and you should book a test for the person with symptoms immediately. Everyone in the household should then self-isolate until the person who has symptoms receives their test results.
If their test is negative, members of the household do not need to isolate and children can return to school as long as they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
If their test is positive, the person with symptoms must isolate for 10 days and everyone else in the household must isolate for 14 days.
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 someone else in the household tests positive:
- Everyone else in the household must isolate for 14 days.
- Your child must only return to school once they have completed the period of isolation and are not displaying any symptoms.
CASES IN ACADEMIES
If there is a confirmed case in a school, the school affected will work with the Trust, local authorities and the Department for Education to assess the situation and decide what they need to do.
The school will find out who the child or staff member has been in close contact with and tell them to isolate. Depending on the individual circumstances of the case this might affect a small group of children or an entire class or year group.
The school will tell you what they are going to do and explain what you and your child need to do.
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 schools, face coverings need to be worn by staff and visitors when moving around the schools and buildings unless exempt under government guidelines.
- In secondary schools, face coverings need to be worn by staff, visitors and pupils when moving around the schools and buildings unless exempt under government guidelines.
- It will not be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom.
- 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.
- At all times staff, pupils and families need to maintain a 2-metre distance apart where possible.
- Toilets and other communal areas will operate a one-in, one-out system.
- Where the 2-metre social distancing is not possible, e.g. looking after a child, appropriate PPE (face coverings etc) will be worn.
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 within bubbles.
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.