CHILDREN WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS OF COVID
In order to keep our children, staff and community safe, it is vital that:
Children do not come to school if they have displayed ANY symptoms of COVID-19 unless they have taken a test and received a negative result.
This includes siblings of children who are displaying symptoms.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you are feeling 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.
If you send your child to school having informed us that they had shown symptoms, and the child has not received a negative test, we will send the child and any siblings home immediately.
We have been made aware by parents that some 111/ 119 operators have told parents that just having one symptom does not warrant a test. This is incorrect and goes against the government guidance given to schools. You can and should inform the operative that school is unable to have children back until they have tested negative. Please inform the school when you take your child for a test and the outcome of that test as soon as possible to protect everybody.
Booking a test/ requesting a home test kit:
- Online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
- By Phone 111 who will tell you to ring 119 to book a test
n.b tests should be taken as soon as symptoms appear and within 5 days
We appreciate that in the Autumn term, children will suffer with normal seasonal bugs which may have similar symptoms, such as temperatures or coughs, however the rules remain the same and children must be tested before they and their siblings can return to school in order to keep everybody safe.
You will not be penalised for non-attendance for self-isolating or for awaiting a test. Full guidance on self-isolating can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
Supporting learning at home for children who are isolating
- Learn at home materials are available on the Virtual School section of our school website https://www.stpeters-leatherhead.co.uk/page/?title=Learn+at+Home&pid=365
- You can start using the resources for your child’s year group from the first day of your self-isolation. These resources are designed to recap and revise general topics and can be used at any point in the school term.
- If you would like a printed copy of the resources, please let us know
- If you have to isolate for longer than a few days then your teacher will be in touch towards the end of the first week of isolation with more resources for your child.
- You can also view our contingency plan for how we will switch to online learning in the case of a local or national lockdown.
Please see below our parent handbook with all the information about the full reopening of school from September 2020.
The letter from Professor Viv Bennett (CBE Chief Nurse and Director) & Dr Susan Hopkins (Interim Chief Medical Officer) from Public Health England explains more about whether children are likely to need testing for potential Covid-19.
You can also read a copy of our risk assessment, which is based on the Government advice for schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools