Updated: December 2020
- Needing to isolate: What parents and carers need to know
Since the beginning of September, it has been great to welcome all the children back into school. The #backtoschoolsafely campaign details the safety measures schools have taken to help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and colleges as all students return in September. See the download section below for 'What parents need to know' produced by HM Government.
However, due to Covid-19 still being present in our community, there are isolation guidelines that we must follow in school to minimise the spread of the virus. If your child comes into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if you or your child have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please follow this guidance and inform the school as soon as possible.
- What to do if your child comes into contact with some who is confirmed as having Covid-19
In line with the national guidance, your child must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days since the contact with the affected person.
If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person.
- What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .
People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able to, you can move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:
- Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at
- Remote Learning
Whilst your child is self-isolating we will provide remote learning for your child each day using Seesaw/Tapestry. Please see the following link to our website, which explains our remote learning expectations.
If you need any further support accessing the provision, please do not hesitate to contact school.
We understand that these continue to be very challenging circumstances for us all. Please try not to worry, follow the guidance and keep as safe as you can. If you have any further concerns, please contact the school office, who will put you in contact with the most relevant school member of staff.
Support for children and families
- In response to the Covid-19 situation, Barnados, in partnership with the Department for Education, have created a new service called See, Hear, Respond. To help support families the See, Hear, Respond Support Hub has been created, which is a central place for you to explore, where you can find a wealth of information, resources & tools - from practical advice on how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety and much more. https://www.barnardos.org.uk/support-hub
- Staff from Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, and CAMHS have put together ‘Back To School’ packs: For young people and for younger children. They’ve been written for Manchester's autistic students but will be relevant for many other children, young people and their families. See the downloads section 'Back to school a pack for younger children' and 'Back to school a pack for young people'.
- Young Minds - What to do if your child is anxious about going back to school
- The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have produced a “Tips Sheet” for parents about how to prepare a child for returning to school in September. See download 'Top Tips for prepaing your child to return to school.'
- Click the 'Support services poster - Mental Health and Well Being' for a leaflet with useful numbers for agencies supporting young peoples emotional wellbeing.
What to do if anyone in your household has Covid-19 sympotoms
Following the latest government advice, if one person in any household has either of the symptoms below:
- a fever / high temperature (37.8 Celsius or above)
- a new continuous cough - this means 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
everyone living in the household must stay at home for 14 days. Please contact the school office immediately. Public Health England continue to direct concerns to the NHS 111 website and advise only using the NHS 111 phone line if symptoms deteriorate, if you feel unable to manage and cope at home or if symptoms do not improve after 14 days.
Further information can be found on GOV.UK
Understandably, your child will have many questions about the coronavirus. To support you with your conversations please find below the following links to websites giving advice about how to talk to your children about what is happening and how to answer their questions.
Click above to see the latest government advice on how to support your child's learning during Coronavirus.