Should my child go to school?
Part of being a parent means that we must ensure our children attend regularly at school. From 6 September 2021, we return to usual expectations and arrangements for telling us if your child is absent from school.
The government now knows much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people asked to isolate. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to attend school. You should note however that:
- a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating because they have had a positive test result themselves;
- pupils who have travelled abroad and are subject to quarantine restrictions on return to the UK should not attend school until any quarantine requirements have been met;
Reduce the risk of contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
Parents must ensure that their child does not come into school if they are unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents will be informed if their child develops symptoms during the school day and will be asked to collect their child from school and arrange a PCR test. The results of the test should be reported to our admin team: email@example.com
When a child is waiting to be collected from school, they will be moved to our Welfare Room (which then becomes our Isolation Room):
- They will be looked after by an adult, who will maintain a distance of 2m or will wear personal, protective equipment. The child will have access to their own bathroom, which will then be cleaned and disinfected before use by others.
Use NHS Test and Trace process, as follows:
- book a test if their child is displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop symptoms in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if asked by NHS Test and Trace
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
Parents should tell us immediately of the results of a test:
- if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better.
- if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home guidance for confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.
Containing any outbreak
If the school has a confirmed case or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, there may be an outbreak in our school community. We will follow the advice of the local, health protection team.