Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
The following ARE symptoms of coronavirus:
Individuals will need a test if they have any of the following:
- A high temperature: any new high temperature where the person feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature);
- A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
- A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.
Individuals do not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
Please ensure that you read the following NHS online guidance about:
- WHEN to self-isolate – click here
- HOW LONG to self-isolate – click here
- WHAT TEST RESULTS MEAN – click here
Self-isolation impacts the child and households members (including parents/carers and siblings), so please read it carefully! Remember, if a child or adult has a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of taste or smell, then the child/adult as well as their household must self-isolate immediately. Self-isolation lasts at least 10 days for the person with symptoms. For those in the household (including siblings) without symptoms, they must self-isolate for 14 days; if during those 14 days they develop symptoms, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days from that point. The links above clarify how these timings change if a positive or negative test result is received.
Please do not send a child in if they are showing symptoms. If they are showing symptoms, keep them and the household at home, self-isolate, and try to get a test. Keep the school updated via email/phone!
People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
NHS COVID-19 App
On 24 September, NHS Test and Trace launched the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.
If you are invited into the school building for any reason you will therefore need to scan our venue’s QR code which is displayed on the front door of the main entrance and another outside the office.
Further information and FAQs can be found by clicking here.
The DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Key School Information