Schools COVID-19 operational guidance
Attendance – Pupils Attendance is mandatory for all and it is a priority. Critically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and vulnerable staff and children will attend school.
No need for limited mixing or bubbles Children will be able to be grouped flexibly and mix freely.
If your child is unwell - Please do not send your child to school if they have a temperature or are unwell at all. This is for the safety of everybody. If your child becomes ill whilst at school, you will be asked to collect them immediately. Please ensure that contact details are up to date with the school office. If they display symptoms of Covid-19 they will be isolated until you arrive. You should then make arrangements for them to be tested, using a PCR or LFD. School should be informed of the result as soon as possible. A positive result will mean that the child will need to isolate for up to 10 days, following the latest NHS guidance and Government selfisolation advice. Currently, if your child is unwell with other symptoms you can LFD test them and should this be positive you do not need to go for a PCR but may choose to. Your child should self-isolate in this case for up to 10 days, or in line with the guidance previously sent out. The Government are keen that everybody continues to respond positively with the track and trace system. Schools are not legally bound to do this, but we will keep you informed of cases in line with our current policy. If the LFD is negative, we would ask that your child does not return until they are ‘well’.
Know the symptoms of Covid-19 - The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) Other symptoms linked with Covid-19 include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Any of these symptoms may also have another cause.
Isolation - The guidance indicates that whilst the law has changed, the directives for public safety remain. We will follow this guidance, so isolation continues to be up to 10 days, unless you have 2 negative tests on day 5 and 6, 24 hours apart. Isolation will finish after day 5 at the earliest if you test first thing in the morning on day 5 and 6. ‘Children and young people with Covid-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these test results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature’. Please continue to liaise with the school office about your child’s return date after testing positive, given our school protocols. We will review this as and when the guidance is further updated.
Please also note that Buckinghamshire Council sent the following to schools last week –
is clear that children should not attend school if they test positive for COVID and the guidance for parents -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
states ‘ Pupils, staff and other adults who have COVID-19 symptoms, should follow guidance on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts and ‘If you insist on your child attending nursery, school, or college when they have symptoms, they can take the decision to refuse your child if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with Covid-19.’
Close Contacts -The new guidance has brought an end to routine contact tracing. Close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily LFD tests for 7 days. Children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. ‘Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal ‘.