As a school we are making our decisions based on these sources:
1. Information about the virus
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19
infection – it mainly affects the elderly and those with asthma or similar conditions, but rarely children
difficulty in breathing
2. How COVID-19 is spread
There are 2 routes by which people could become infected:
*Coughing or sneezing close towards someone
*Possibly by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated
3. Preventing spread of infection
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of viruses, including:
*washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport and if you touch your face
* Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin
* Children or adults who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
4. What to do if children become unwell and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19
Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk), and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. The guidance states to isolate them as soon as possible.
If your child shows symptoms, we will need to isolate them until you arrive – please be prompt as they will need their parent/carer. We will take as much care as we can of them, as well as protecting the other children.
If your child is feeling ill showing the symptom, do NOT send them to school.
We will liaise with Public Health England if the situation changes and follow their advice.
5. What to do if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at our school
We will work with the local Public Health England Health Protection Team to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
An assessment will be undertaken by the Health Protection Team with academy leaders. Once advice is received, we will make the decision that we feel is best for all the children.
There is further information on the government website if you want to know more.
Please click the links below to read more about the school re-opening measures and procedures. These documents and the arrangements and measures contained within will be subject to continuous review and change in line with government policy.