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Covid-19 Information

During the Summer  we have continued  to plan and prepare for the return adhering to the latest government guidance, including a comprehensive risk assessment process.  This page aims to provide you with important information and details regarding the procedures we are following at school and those you will need to follow at home relating to symptoms and testing.

Please familiarise yourselves with the two key documents attached below. One is a quick guide for parents which aims to clarify what to do in different Covid-related scenarios. The other is an NHS document with information about identifying the key symptoms. After reading this document please familiarise yourselves with the Covid-19 Q and A section of this page. Being absolutely clear of our responsibilities at school and at home, particularly if Covid-19 symptoms are present,  is paramount to keeping our community safe.

Covid-19 Q and A

Information on COVID-19 symptoms and school procedures

To help protect your children and the wider community, please be as honest as possible with school around symptoms, testing and results. You shouldn’t be embarrassed or concerned about reporting a suspected or confirmed case.

We want to provide as much information as possible on our approach to coronavirus symptoms, testing and isolation periods. Please see the answers to key questions below.

This information is based on Government Guidance at the time of review on 7th August 2020 and is subject to regular review.

 

1. What do I do if my child displays symptoms?

  • If your child develops symptoms at home, please keep them at home and call the school to let us know
  • A test should be arranged for coronavirus and we ask that tests be undertaken as soon as possible.Tests can be arranged at: https://www.gov.uk/testing-for-coronavirus
  • In line with government guidance if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus , they will need to stay at home and self-isolate until they can be tested. Although these symptoms may be consistent with other illnesses, it is vital that children are not sent into school. Children will only be allowed to return to school should the test be negative AND the child feels well and no longer has symptoms similar to coronavirus.  If your child develops symptoms in school, you will be contacted immediately to collect them.
  • If a family member within the same household shows symptoms of Covid-19, your child must not attend school for 14 days. If the person showing symptoms tests negative, contact the Headteacher, before organising  the return to school of your child should they themselves not be showing any symptoms

2. Will the school tell me if another child in the class is displaying symptoms?

 

  • No - The symptoms of coronavirus are like many other common conditions. To avoid unnecessary concern, we will only let parents know if there is a confirmed case within the school. Any child showing symptoms will be sent home immediately and cannot return to school until they have had a test, or a period of 10 days from onset of symptoms has expired and they are no longer showing symptoms

 

3. How many children have to be off school with unconfirmed symptoms before you notify parents?

 

  • The leadership team and Governors will be carefully monitoring the situation. With advice from Wirral local authority and local health protection teams we will inform parents if we think it is appropriate to do so.

 

4. Does my child need to take a test in order to come back to school?

 

  • Any child displaying symptoms should be tested for the virus. 

 

5. What do I do if my child tests positive?

 

  • Please call to let us know as soon as possible. You, your child and your wider household will then need to self-isolate for 14 days. Your child will not be able to return to school for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and only return to school if they no longer have symptoms. You will need the agreement of the Headteacher before they can return.

 

6. What do I do if my child tests negative?

 

  • Please let the school know. The Headteacher, or member of the Senior Leadership Team will confirm that your child can return to school should they not be showing any symptoms

 

7. Will the school tell me if another child in the 'bubble' tests positive?

 

  • Yes, if a case is confirmed in your child’s bubble, we will write to let you know. We will work closely with the LA and Public Health to identify members of the 'bubble' that will be required to stay at home for 14 days based on strict, current criteria. If they don’t develop any symptoms during that time, they can then return to school. The classroom and immediate surrounding area will be deep cleaned.

 

8. Will the school tell me if another child in the school tests positive?

 

  • Yes – we will inform parents of all children attending school if there is a positive case. There will be no need for anyone outside of the affected 'bubble' to stay at home.

 

9. What if someone in my family is isolating because they have tested positive with the virus?  Is my child expected to stay at home too?

 

  • Yes – in line with the Government advice, your child will need to stay at home for 14 days if a member of your household develops symptoms.

 

10. What if someone in my family is isolating because they are aware they may have been exposed to the virus?  Is my child expected to stay at home too?

 

  • No – in line with the Government advice, your child will only need to stay at home if a member of your household develops symptoms.

 

11. What will happen if my child's teacher or TA is off sick?

 

  • If the member of staff has tested positive for Coronavirus, all parents will be informed and we will work closely with the LA and Public Health to identify members of the 'bubble' that will be required to stay at home for 14 days based on strict, current criteria.
  • If a member of staff is absent due to non-Covid related illness, we will try to cover with other school staff by using teachers or TAs from within the same 'bubble' to avoid mixing. Where this is not possible, a member of staff from another 'bubble' may have to act as cover. 
  • If we are unable to provide cover with school staff we will seek to arrange a temporary supply teacher
  • We will not split a 'bubble' up and mix them with other 'bubbles'

12. Should my child wear a facemask at school?

Based on current evidence, the Government does not recommend the use of face coverings in nurseries, childminders, schools or colleges (except in some specific circumstances).

This is because:

  • children, young people and staff are mixing in consistent groups
  • not using them correctly may accidentally increase the risk of transmitting the virus
  • there may be negative effects on communications and therefore on your child’s education

For more information in dealing with suspected or confirmed outbreaks in the household, please read the 'stay at home' Government guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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