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 email@example.com or by calling 0207 313 5805 so the school can authorise your child’s absence. Further guidance on testing and isolation is provided below.
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. The student with the positive test must 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 by 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. 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 and take a PCR test. 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.
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