Coronavirus - Latest information for parents
Risk Assessment For Coronavirus
I must thank you for your wonderful response to our Coronavirus contingency planning process. As our multi-academy motto states, we are ‘Better Together’.
If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should also self-isolate for the full 10 days.
This will help to protect others in the community while they are infectious. The government has advised that, if a person has these symptoms, they should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. They do not need to contact NHS 111 as the NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms. The government is clear that, if a pupil/student or a member of staff is in self-isolation, they:
· must stay at home.
· must not go to public areas, and must not use public transport or taxis.
We ask you to use your judgement and thank you, in advance, for your co-operation regarding the above. Absences will not be authorised if a child is simply kept at home if they, or a person they live with, are not displaying any symptoms or is seen in public as this does not follow the government guidelines.
If your child is in self-isolation due to a family member being ill, he/she should continue to work at home.
We ask for your understanding if classes have to be merged or taught in larger groups in school due to staff being off sick or in self-isolation. Times like this hit small, rural schools particularly hard and we thank you for your understanding.
I hope you recognise that the above actions are being taken in the best interests of your child, the staff and the whole community.
Once again, I thank you, in anticipation, for your support in these extraordinary times.
Please continue to remember the vulnerable in our society, all coronavirus sufferers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Information: Helpline launched to answer questions about COVID-19 (more commonly known as Corona virus) related to education
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
· phone: 0800 046 8687
The opening hours are 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).
The latest guidance for education settings is available on GOV.UK.