COVID Information and Reporting
Important – As is currently the case, anyone showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (however mild) should not attend school. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. Any student displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19 in school will be sent home to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
3 symptoms of COVID-19:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Cases of COVID-19 in school
As is currently the case, anyone showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (however mild) should not attend school. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. Any student displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19 in school will be sent home to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
Please remember that lateral flow tests are not designed for people with symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must book a PCR test.
Contact tracing and isolation
Under the previous guidance, schools identified close contacts of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 and sent them home to self-isolate for ten days. This sometimes involved a few close contacts, sometimes entire classes, and even, on occasion, whole year groups. This system has been scrapped over the summer.
From September, NHS Test and Trace will take over the full responsibility for contact tracing. This means that we will no longer send home close contacts of confirmed cases, unless instructed to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
they are fully vaccinated
they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. They do not need to isolate while awaiting the PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
We will continue to provide remote education to any student required to self-isolate with a positive test for COVID-19. Contact isolations are likely to be short, as PCR test results are usually returned within 24 hours, so we expect the disruption caused by these isolations to be minimal.
We will be able to hold pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with parents and visitors from September onwards, where required. We will continue to offer phone calls and/or Google Meet conferencing as an option, as many families find these more convenient. However, please remember that all parent meetings must be pre-booked by appointment so that staff are prepared for the conversations, and so the meeting can be held at a mutually convenient time. Please see our communication policy (link).