The following information is aimed to support parents with questions and queries around COVID including the following:
- What to do if your child displays symptoms of COVID
- Guidance about accessing a COVID test
- How school will provide learning to children absent due to isolating or having a positive test
- Details about remote learning and expectations of staff and children
What to do if you or your child have symptoms of Covid.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you or your child has any of the above symptoms you must stay at home.
Please click below for a very useful flow-chart showing what to do if your child or a member of your family displays Covid symptoms.
Learning for children who are self-isolating or in lockdown.
Although COVID rates have fallen and some restrictions have been lifted, school want to inform you about our plans regarding pupils’ attendance due to COVID and the completion of learning material if the need arises for our children to learn at home due to self-isolation or lockdown. As schools have now fully opened, it is an expectation that children who need to learn from home continue to complete a range of educational tasks set by their teacher in a timetabled day.
What will school do in the event of an outbreak of COVID?
This plan is based on the contingency framework for managing local outbreaks of COVID-19 and the schools operational guidance, provided by the Department for Education (DfE).
We will only implement some, or all, of the measures in this plan in response to recommendations provided by our local authority (LA), directors of public health (DsPH), Public Health England (PHE) health protection team or the national government.
It may be necessary to implement these measures in the following circumstances, for example:
- To help manage a COVID-19 outbreak within the school. Actions will be considered when either of the following thresholds are met
- There are 5 positive cases amongst pupils or staff who are likely to have mixed closely within a 10-day period
- 10% of pupils or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive within a 10-day period
- If COVID-19 infection rates in the community are extremely high, and other measures have failed to reduce transmission
- As part of a package of measures responding to a ‘variant of concern’ (VoC)
- To prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS
To access a copy of our Outbreak Management Plan please click here
Mental Well-being While Staying At Home
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important if you are staying at home because of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It’s important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.
Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you’re helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.
There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you’re staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it. The link below has lots of ideas to support you and your families well-being.
Return to School Risk Assessment – COVID
As part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our school community, we have implemented a wide range of actions. These actions are recorded in a risk assessment. This document is reviewed regularly and adapted accordingly.
A copy of this risk assessment can be found below.