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Covid19 and Pupil Absence

Posted on: September 17th 2020

Further to the letter sent earlier this week, we have had a number of queries about pupil attendance at the present time.  As is the case at this time of year, everyday colds and influenza infections are likely to become prevalent. 

We ask that you follow the usual school procedures regarding attendance whilst remaining mindful of the Coronavirus (Covid 19) symptoms.  You will find below a table in order to make you aware of the actions required to keep us all as safe as possible.

 

What to do if…..

Action Needed

Return to school

when……

My child has COVID-19 symptoms:

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE- this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hrs.
  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Get a test.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT

………The test comes back negative.

My Child tests positive for COVID-19…

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for possible return Minimum of 10 days.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Bubble isolate / remote learning.

…..They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell.  These symptoms can last for several weeks.

My Child tests negative.

CONTACT THE SCHOOL

Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day)

….The test comes back negative.

My Child is ill with symptoms not linked to COVID-19.

FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE

After 48 hrs following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.

Someone in my household has

COVID-19 symptoms.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Household member to get tested.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT

….The test comes back negative.

Someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school.

Agree an earliest date for possible return Minimum of 14 days.

….The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

NHS test & trace has identified my child has been in close contact with someone with symptoms of confirmed COVID-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

CONTACT SCHOOL.

Agree an earliest date for possible return Minimum of 14 days.

….The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine.

Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.

Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel.

If you do return from a destination where quarantine is needed;

Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days from return date.

Self-isolate the whole household.

….The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

CONTACT SCHOOL.

Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

…..School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to COVID-19 outbreak in school.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

At home support your child with remote education provided by school.

Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.

 

We continue to be grateful to our staff, pupils and families who have overcome the changes and challenges of operating in this ‘new normal’.  The support you are giving to help others stay safe is greatly appreciated.

Should you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Patrick Brunnock

Headteacher