COVID-19 advice page
Term 5 2022
This is the most recent guidance published by our Trust for parents. This guidance will help parents and families plan what to do if you suspect any family member has COVID or COVID symptoms.
The latest guidance from the UKHSA re. COVID-19: People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19, has now been published and it takes into account that most people can no longer access free testing for COVID-19. You can view the guidance in full here.
The advice from the Trust is that our schools align themselves with the UKHSA updated guidance published today. The Trust will of course keep the situation under constant review, as usual, and will provide further updates, as necessary.
The key points of the updated UKHSA guidance are as follows:
What to do if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19:
- For those aged over 18 years old: Anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and has a high temperature or does not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they no longer have a high temperature (if they had one) or until they no longer feel unwell. Please note that employees can self-certify for a period of sick leave that is 7 days or less in total.
· Children and young people aged 18 years and under: Those with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 test result:
- For those aged over 18 years old: Anyone who has a positive COVID-19 test result, is advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day they took the test.
- Children and young people aged 18 years and under: It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day that they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Please note there is separate guidance for people who have been informed by the NHS that they are at highest risk of becoming seriously unwell and who might be eligible for new COVID-19 treatments.
Term 2 2021 Helpful guides to COVID testing English
Term 2 2021
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Nájdete podrobných sprievodcov rýchlym testom:
Helpful guides on how to have a PCR test. When you click on the link you can change the language.
Book a PCR test.
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How to complete a COVID test - video
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How will the school reopen?
The school will be reopened fully. The previous restrictions have been lifted and school life will return to normal as much as possible. The children do not need to be taught in a bubble and they can take part in group activities across different year groups such as assembly or Mass.
What if cases of COVID-19 increase?
Previously, if there was a case of COVID-19 the case bubble would be sent home and testing would take place. This will not happen in the same way. The KCSP has created a document which explains what to do should your child show symptoms of COVID -19 or provides a positive Lateral Flow Test. This document has been attached to this section.
What might happen if the case numbers of COVID-19 become really high?
If the number of children or teachers providing a positive test increases significantly then the school has to contact the Department of Education and the N.H.S. support lines. This is called an 'outbreak situation' and the school will be told by these agencies what it should do.
This could involve the school returning to teaching in bubbles, mask wearing for adults and a staggered time table for coming to school. If this happens families will be told what to do and the school will publish its Outbreak Risk Assessment.
When the case numbers become high the school will seek advice from the Department of Education. Advisors from the Department of Education work with the school using the 'Outbreak' document. This is a detailed risk assessment which looks at every aspect of school life. Together a decision is made as to which parts of the Outbreak document should be used across the school. It may be after the consultation that only one or two aspects are used rather than every part of the risk assessment.