Advice for Families on Covid 19 and attending school
New Covid Guidance
You will be aware that the government issued new advice during the half term holidays about self-isolation and testing which affects you and your child. This letter sets out what the new guidance is.
In the run-up to half term, we saw a more settled situation in most schools, with case numbers falling and fewer schools having disruptive outbreaks. This is good news, but rates are still high in the community and as with all infectious diseases it is important to maintain good practice to prevent outbreaks and protect people who are more vulnerable to severe illness.
Government advice is still that your child should stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have tested positive for COVID-19 on an LFT or have COVID-19 symptoms. If your child is symptomatic, they should get a PCR test as soon as possible.
Your child can return to school after 10 full days of isolation. They may be able to return earlier if they test negative for two days in a row from day 5 of self-isolation and do not have a temperature. If they continue to test positive during the 10-day isolation they can return after completing 10 full days isolation. Your child will still receive work to do at home if they need to self-isolate in line with the Trust’s Remote Learning Policy.
Secondary school aged pupils are no longer expected to wear a face covering in school classrooms or communal areas, but if there is a rise in infections in your child’s school, this may change.
We still advise all staff and pupils to test twice weekly as this appears to be an effective way of detecting asymptomatic Covid-19 cases.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- 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