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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Autumn term 2020

While coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, schools must make judgments about how to balance and minimise any risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) with providing a full educational experience for children and young people.

Although it is not possible to make the return of all pupils risk free, we mitigate the risk by minimising the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls to reduce the risk of transmission. 

 

  • We are carrying out additional cleaning throughout the day and at the start and end of the day
  • Children are washing their hands regularly and sanitising their hands throughout the day
  • Children are staying in their class ‘bubbles’, to reduce the risk of transmission between classes
  • Collective worship is taking place in the classroom and there are no whole school assemblies
  • Lunch is being eaten in the classrooms so that children do not mix with other ‘bubbles’ in the dining hall
  • Every class has their own MMS to work and play with them during the lunch period
  • Playtimes and lunch times are staggered. This means that there are fewer children outside at any time and children may only play with members of their own class
  • Children who display symptoms of COVID-19 are isolated and sent home immediately, directed to take a test and follow the instructions below
  • We adhere to all government updates to ensure we are following the latest requirements

 

For further government advice please refer to:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

 

We know that due to the time of year there are lots of the normal bugs going around and children are likely to catch something.  This does not mean that they have Covid-19.  If a child needs to be kept at home please contact the school office.  They may ask you more detailed questions than usual, as we are having to note any suspected cases of Coronavirus.  If you suspect that your child may have the virus, please contact us with the details and book a test immediately. 

Please remember that they do not need to be tested if they have a cold or are just under the weather. The table below may help you to see what the different symptoms are for a cold or for Covid-19. Please remember that a runny nose is not one of the 4 symptoms we need to look out for, so children may still attend school if they have one (with plenty of tissues). If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to talk to the office staff.

Symptoms

Covid-19

Common cold

Fever

Common

Rare

Loss taste/smell

Common

Sometimes

Cough

Common

Mild

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sneezing

No

Common

Aches & pains

Sometimes

Common

Runny /stuffy nose

Rare

Common

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Diarrhoea

Rare

No

Headache

Sometimes

Rare

 

COVID-19 related pupil absence - A quick reference guide for parents

What to do if…

Action needed

       Return to School When…

My child has COVID-19 Symptoms:

·          HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.

·          A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH – this mean coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hrs.

·          A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.

Contact school to inform us.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days. Get a test.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT.

The test comes back negative

My Child tests positive for COVID-19…

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for possible return.  Minimum of 10 days.

self-isolate the whole household for 14 days. Bubble isolates/remote learning.

They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks

My Child tests negative…

CONTACT THE SCHOOL

discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day).

The test comes back negative

My Child is ill with symptoms not linked to COVID-19…

FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE

After 48hrs following the last bout of sickness if this is the cause of absence.

Someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms…

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for possible return.  Minimum of 14 days.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS.

The test comes back negative

Someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19…

       DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL     CONTACT SCHOOL

Agree an earliest date for possible return.  Minimum of 14 days.

The child has completed

14 days of isolation.

NHS test & trace has identified my child has been in close contact of someone with symptoms of confirmed COVID-19…

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL CONTACT SCHOOL

Agree an earliest date for possible return.  Minimum of 14 days.

The child has completed

14 days of isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self- isolate as a period of quarantine…

Do not take unauthorised leave in term time. Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel/returning from a destination where quarantine is needed.  Agree an earliest date for possible return.

Minimum of 14 days from return date.

Self-isolate the whole household

The quarantine period of

14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding…

       DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL CONTACT SCHOOL

Shield  until    you   are   informed            that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

School informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to a

COVID-19 outbreak in school…

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

At home, support your child with remote learning provided by school.

Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

School will inform you when the bubble will be re-opened.

 

Summary of Guidance regarding symptomatic individuals

A person with symptoms

  1. If a person becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), then they must be sent home, arrange a test and self-isolate for at least 10 days and follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. If they test positive, they must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal and if necessary seek guidance from medical professionals. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days. If symptoms are not experienced but the individual has tested positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If they develop symptoms during this isolation period, then the 10-day isolation period must be restarted from the day symptoms develop.
  2. If a person becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) or a positive test, then other members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms or, if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.
  3. If a person with symptoms tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), then they can stop self-isolating. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

A person who is sent home because they have been in contact with someone with symptoms:

  1. A person who has been in contact with someone showing symptoms will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  2. If a person has been in contact with someone showing symptoms and is sent home to self-isolate for 14 days, then their household does not need to self-isolate, unless the person who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.
  3. If a person who has been in contact with someone showing symptoms subsequently develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period, then they should stay at home and get a test.
  4. If the test delivers a negative result, then they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period.
  5. If the test delivers a positive result, then they should inform their school immediately, and must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. This only applies to those who begin their isolation on or after 30 July.
  6. If the test delivers a positive result, then their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Ending household isolation

  1. After 10 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste they can return to their normal routine. Members of their household who remain well should end their isolation after 14 days from the day the first person in the household became ill.
  2. If anyone in the household becomes unwell during the 14-day period, they should arrange to have a test. If they test positive, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the first day of experiencing symptoms. After 10 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste – they can also return to their normal routine. However, if their test result is negative, they must continue with isolation as part of the household for the full 14 days.
  3. Should someone develop COVID-19 symptoms late in the 14-day household isolation period (for example, on day 10 or later) the isolation period for the rest of the household does not need to be extended. Only the person with new COVID-19 symptoms has to stay at home for at least a further 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19 - go to testing to arrange.
  4. At the end of the 14-day period, anyone in the household who has not become unwell can return to their normal routine.
  5. A cough or anosmia (a loss of, or change, in the sense of taste or smell), may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the infection having cleared. A persistent cough or anosmia does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days.
  6. If an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending the first period of self-isolation, they must follow this guidance on self-isolation again. This means that they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started if and arrange to have a test. Members of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.
  7. If an individual has previously tested positive but develop symptoms again, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms and be tested. Members of their household must self-isolate for 14 days.

Book a test by following the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

We are following the latest advice and guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

Please notify the school on the first day of self-isolation and do not return for 14 days.

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your child should remain at home at all times.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you are at all concerned about symptoms contact NHS 111 or use their online service.

https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/  If you do so, please notify the school and share any additional advice.

The best way for us to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is to follow the latest guidance issued by the UK Government.

Please note in line with our attendance policy you will still be required to inform the school of any reason for absence.