CHANGES TO COVID-19 ARRANGEMENTS IN SCHOOL
As you will be aware, the Covid-19 guidance has now changed. Please read the details below which outlines the main changes. The full guidance (Health Protection in Education and Childcare settings) can be read here:
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS UNWELL?
If your child is unwell, we have been advised to inform you of the following:
Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.
Covid-19 Symptoms in children: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/
A child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to school. They can go back to school when they feel better or do not have a high temperature. If a child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school. There is no requirement to test.
WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ADULT IS UNWELL?
Covid-19 Symptoms in adults: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/
An adult should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and you either have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities. Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature. There is no requirement to test.
Free COVID-19 tests are no longer available, other than for specific groups including NHS staff and eligible patients.
Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is to do this for 3 days.
Adults, children and young people who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
I hope this clarifies the changes in guidance which schools have been given. As always, please come and discuss this further if you have any questions.