Information for parents about Coronavirus
As we begin a school year like no other, I want to take this opportunity to share the following should your child become ill.
It is not unusual for children to be susceptible to winter flu and cold bugs at this time of year. This combined with the fact that children’s ‘school’ immune systems are now lower (having had nearly six months away from school) means that pupils may start to develop colds. However, we all need to remain vigilant for signs of Coronavirus and ensure that we are all following the same procedures.
If your child develops non- COVID symptoms, i.e. cold, blocked nose etc. It is your responsibility to decide whether they are well enough to attend school. If they come to school, we will assume that they are well enough to be in school and will monitor them if the non-Covid symptoms are mentioned. All children are encouraged to use the preventative measures to help minimise the spread to germs.
If they are not well enough to attend school, you must follow the usual procedure. Call the office to say that your child will not be in school and give the reason.
We will conduct a care call to you on the second day (of your child’s absence) to see how they are doing.
If your child is not well enough to attend school on the following day (3rd day) and has an undiagnosed illness we may advise you to get your child tested for Coronavirus, as a precaution.
Displaying ANY of the Covid symptoms
If your child develops any of the three main COVID symptoms:
you MUST request a COVID test immediately. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
How do you do that?
You can go to a test site or request a home kit. You can find your nearest test site here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ Test results are supposed to come back between 24 and 48 hours.
Your child must NOT come into school until you get the results.
If your child tests positive
If your child tests positive for Covid, you must first phone and let the school know as soon as possible. Then please email evidence of the results of the test (photo or doctor’s letter etc) via email@example.com. This will be stored in your child’s file. Your family must then self-isolate for 14 days (10 days for the person who has tested positive).
School will then contact Public Health England for advice on what measures need to be taken, this may involve sending groups or classes home to self-isolate for 14 days. We will keep parents fully informed of our next steps.
If your child tests negative
They may return to school as soon as they are well enough, have a negative test result and there are no other members of your household with COVID symptoms.
These steps will remain in place whilst COVID-19 is still prevalent within the UK.
If your child displays any potential signs of Covid it is imperative that they do not attend school until receipt of a negative test result or they have completed the recommended period of isolation following a positive test result.
Failure to do this will put significant numbers of children and staff at risk.
Thank you for your continued support.
If you are you're worried about your child’s symptoms or are not sure what to do, please call NHS 111 or use their online Covid symptom checker
We have had notification from the Director of Public Health and the Director of Children and Family Services request that face coverings should be worn by parents and carers at school pick up and drop off in Leicestershire.
Cases are rising nationally, but there are particular areas of concern in the county, and public health officials are advising residents to be vigilant in all day-to-day activities. It has been difficult for some parents to maintain social distancing at school gates, and this further measure will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The advice remains the same: keeping your distance, getting a test only if you have Covid symptoms, washing your hands and wearing a face covering where required. Parents and carers are asked to do everything they can to protect their families and friends.
Thank you for your support.