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COVID-19

Information for parents/carers, pupils, staff, governors and visitors

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On Friday 1st April the Government set out its next steps for living with COVID. We would like to thank all parents/carers and pupils for the continued support you have shown the school in our ongoing pursuit for ‘normality’ as we learn to live with the virus.

Testing at home

Free testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS has ended for most people in England. Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England. If you still want to get tested and you’re not eligible for a free NHS test, you can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Respiratory infections, including coronavirus (COVID-19)

Respiratory infections are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months. Symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For most children, these illnesses will not be serious, and they soon recover.

Symptoms

Children with respiratory infections can experience a range of symptoms including a runny nose, high temperature, cough and sore throat. It is not possible to tell which germ someone is infected with based on symptoms alone.

Spread

Respiratory infections can spread easily between people. Sneezing, coughing, singing and talking may spread respiratory droplets from an infected person to someone close by. Droplets from the mouth or nose may also contaminate hands, eating and drinking utensils or other items and spread to those who may use or touch them, particularly if they then touch their nose or mouth. Anyone with respiratory symptoms should cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing and wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

Absence from School

Advice for Pupils: Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day, they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

We ask parents to contact the school by 9 am on the first morning of an absence.

Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Advice for Staff: Any member of staff who has a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home for 5 days after the day they took the test.

All details regarding COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home guidance can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Guidance.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer required in schools. Any pupil or member of staff wishing to continue wearing a face covering may do so and their preference will be respected. All pupils are still required to bring a face covering to school every day as part of their uniform/equipment and be prepared to wear as/when required.

COVID-19 vaccinations for young people

The in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme has now come to an end. 12 to 15-year-olds will still be able to access the vaccine outside of school, at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or walk-in centre.