This update is to ensure everyone is aware of the guidelines to follow, if a pupil or family member displays symptoms associated to COVID-19.
The three published symptoms of Covid-19 are:-
- A high temperature – 38 degrees / you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot, for more than an hour; or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; or if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
- A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If your child has one or more of the published Covid-19 symptoms, the whole family will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You should arrange for your child to have a Covid test.
As a school we have very limited access to testing kits and will mainly direct these towards our staff teams as a priority.
In the event of a negative test result, your child can stop their self-isolation and return to school if they are well enough.
If the result is positive please inform the school urgently. The school will contact the Department for Education who advise on the next steps for the school. Your child will need to complete their 10 day self-isolation. Please see the diagram below to assist with this guidance.
The school has a responsibility to provide home learning during self-isolation if your child is well enough to work. We are finalising the Covid Home Learning Policy, Vikki Macrae and Tom Brown will set out the guidelines detailing what we will provide for individual pupils and whole class or ‘learning pods’ in the event we are asked to close part of the school.
I have explained the self-isolation process for your child getting symptoms, but the same process should occur if any other family household member gets one or more of the Covid-19 symptoms. The whole family will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
The Public Health England Guidance link below contains further information which should support families that are self-isolating www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Many thanks for your continued support at this difficult time. Please get in touch if you have any questions.