Should I send my child to school?
Understandably, in the current climate parents and carers can be wary of sending their child into school if they are feeling unwell. The NHS has provided some very helpful guidance that outlines common childhood illnesses, whether or not it is safe to send your child to school and how long they should remain at home for, which can be found here.
We want to ensure that all our students have access to the high-quality, face-to-face teaching that goes on in school every day and so would encourage you to use this NHS guidance to ensure your child is in school wherever possible. If you are unsure as to whether or not your child should be attending, please contact our attendance officer or pastoral teams.
If you are concerned that your child may be displaying Covid-19 symptoms, you should keep them off school for 10 days, ensure all members of the household remain at home for 14 days and arrange for them to get a test as soon as possible.
Covid-19 symptoms are:
- A fever or high temperature
- A new and continuous cough
- A loss of or change in taste or smell
Can I send my child back to school?
If your child is considered a close contact by either NHS Test and Trace or by the school, they have to remain at home for 14 days, even if they have a negative Covid test during this time. The government guidance is clear: ‘It is crucial that you complete your 14-day self-isolation period if you’ve been identified as a contact, even if you get a negative test result. This is because you may have the virus, but it cannot yet be detected by a test, so you could unknowingly spread the virus if you leave the house.’
Please note that the NHS Test and Trace App should only be downloaded by students who are 16 or over.
What evidence does the school need?
Where a child is absent in Covid related circumstances, we do ask that all evidence of tests (both bookings and results) are sent to school. Could you please send any documentation to [email protected] to ensure it is picked up in a timely manner.
What to do if there is a positive test result?
Email school to inform us using the address below