Additional information:

Updated 3 September 2021

SELF-ISOLATING

Yes, only the child who has been told to self-isolate following NHS guidelines must isolate and not go to school. All other children can go to school unless they have symptoms or a positive test.

Follow NHS guidelines on self-isolation.

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

They should:

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.

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 are told to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Book a PCR test for them as soon as possible and follow NHS guidance on self-isolation.

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:

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 are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, 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.

Face coverings:

  • Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
  • The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

  • If there is an outbreak in your school, or if your school is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms.

Hygiene:

  • 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.

Social distancing:

  • Social distancing measures have now ended.
  • 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. 

Read the Trust’s full approach document.

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.