Coronavirus: key information
Reporting a positive COVID test or symptoms
If your child or a member of your household tests positive for coronavirus, or is displaying typical COVID-19 symptoms, please contact the Principal’s EA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0207 313 5805 so the school can complete contact tracing and authorise your child’s absence. Further guidance on testing and isolation is provided below.
If your child has been in contact with a positive case you will be contacted via telephone and / or email to inform you that your child is required to isolate. If a child/children are isolating due to COVID-19, work will be provided via Google Classroom.
All students and staff are recommended to complete twice weekly lateral flow tests (LFTs). It is recommended that students take the tests every Monday and Thursday morning before school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before if needed.
If the test is positive;
1. Everyone in your household self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
2. You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and KAA (email email@example.com).
3. You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home, to be taken within 2 days, by calling NHS 119 or or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
If the test is negative:
1. This should be reported to NHS Test & Trace but you do not need to report it to school.
2. Your child can attend school as normal.
If the test result is unclear (void):
1. You should do another test and report your result to NHS Test & Trace
A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and order a PCR test. Please note that if your child is symptomatic they must take a PCR test – not a lateral flow test. You can order a PCR test by calling NHS 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
For further information on rapid covid testing, please see our Rapid Covid Testing page.
As part of the Step 3 roadmap, it has been determined that it is no longer necessary to recommend the additional precautionary face covering measures that were recommended from the 8 March 2021. The government decision to lift further restrictions at Step 3 has followed a review of the latest data on infection and vaccination rates. From 17 May 2021, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. In all schools, government guidance continues to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). We encourage all students and staff to continue wearing face masks where social distancing is not possible or if they are more comfortable doing so.
The full risk COVID-19 assessment is available here, and is regularly updated to reflect current government guidance.
Public Health Guidance on COVID-19
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 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 10-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 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able 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
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