Part of being a parent means that we must ensure our children attend regularly at school. From 1 September 2021, we return to usual expectations and arrangements for telling us if your child is absent from school.
The government now knows much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield when community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to attend school. You should note however that:
- a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves;
- pupils who have travelled abroad and are subject to quarantine restrictions on return to the UK should not attend school until the quarantine period has passed;
- shielding advice - This can be sought from doctors.
REducing the risk of contact
Reduce the risk of contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
Parents must ensure that their child does not come into school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive.
We will ensure that anyone developing symptoms during the school day is sent home. If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or high temperature, or has a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, they will be sent home. We will expect the child to:
- follow ‘stay at home guidance’
- self-isolate for at least 10 days
- take a coronavirus test and report outcome to our admin team
If a child is awaiting collection from school, they will be moved to our Isolation Room :
They will be looked after by an adult, who will maintain a distance of 2m or will wear personal, protective equipment.
NHS Test & Trace
Use NHS Test and Trace process, as follows:
Advice for Parents:
- Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
- Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Tests can also be collected form local chemists free of charge.
Confirmatory PCR tests
Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Additional information on PCR test kits for schools and further education providers is available.
From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents should tell us immediately of the results of a test:
- if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
- if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and 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. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. 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.
We will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). We will take immediate advice from the DfE and/or local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
containing an outbreak
If the school has an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, there may be an outbreak in our school community.
In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site, year group or class bubble.
- Parents are encouraged to have plans in place for childcare just in case class or year group 'bubbles' are closed with very short notice.
Where transmission risks are minimised, whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary, and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.
Please find current advice regarding Coronavirus related to our school