Important information regarding COVID and how to stop the spread of it in our School
If your child has returned recently from abroad, you must comply with quarantine arrangements. Please inform us if this is the case, or also if you have returned from abroad more than two weeks ago so that we can carefully monitor our families.
Illness: If your child has any symptoms of COVID, you must not send them into school. If a child shows COVID symptoms in school, they will be immediately isolated, we will contact you urgently and you must come and collect them immediately.
The DfE guidance says this: Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school or college if:
• They are showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
• Someone in their household is showing symptoms
• Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms. Inform your nursery, childminder, school or college of the results.
If it is positive, you must obviously follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
It is really important that you help us to implement these actions by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.
Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
We will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance is accurate at the time of writing but we are aware it may change. Please consult the DfE guidance for the most up to date guidance:
• We will immediately contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact the school 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.
• The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.
• The health protection team will work with the school in this situation to guide us through the actions we need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, the school will send home those students and staff who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.
Close contact means:
• The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.
• Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:
• If the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
• If the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’
• The School will not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation. Further guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
If schools have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, they may have an outbreak, and must continue to work with their local health protection team who will be able to advise if additional action is required.
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 or year group. If schools are implementing controls from this list, addressing the risks they have identified and therefore reducing transmission risks, 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.
In consultation with the local Director of Public Health, where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary, in line with routine public health outbreak control practice.