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Covid-19 Government Guidance

Please find below the full opening of schools document.  This outlines the controls that the school must have in place.  Our comprehensive COVID risk assessment is also attached below.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools  

Symptoms

The most important symptoms of Coronavirus are recent onset of the following:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.  However, if you or your child have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 (please see attached flow chart).

Response to any infection

As a school we will follow the PHE South East Health Protection Team’s advice (please see attached flow chart) carefully.

Suspected case

  1. If anyone has the symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, they must isolate at home for at least 10 days from when the symptoms start.  The rest of the household need to isolate for 14 days.
  2. The school will advise the person to get a test.  The flow chart outlines the web address.
  3. Please advise the school immediately of the results of a test.
  4. If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, they can stop self-isolating.  They could still have another virus, such as the flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better.  Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

 

Confirmed case

If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus 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.  This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.  If they have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.  Other member of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

(10th September)

School procedures

The school has clear guidance to follow if there is a confirmed case (outlined on the flow chart). 

Schools must contact the local health protection team.  This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take.  They will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.