Return to Parents

Coronavirus

September 2021

Now that the term has started, we thought it would be useful to share with you all the protocol when a child gets a positive PCR result as the systems are very different from before.

If the school is notified of a case, we will expect the child to return to school 10 days after the positive test result.  We will post work for them to do on Google Classroom, DB Primary or Tapestry, as long as they are not actually really poorly.  If they don’t feel well enough, they would not be expected to do anything other than get better.

The school will not send out any notification to the class, and it is only when there is a significant cluster of cases – 5 or more – that we are expected to notify Public Health and risk assess whether the class should stay open.  The school also operates within strict expectations of confidentiality and will not share information about individuals with other families. 

If a member of your immediate family is designated Critically Extremely Vulnerable, it might be useful if you let us know.  We could then inform you if we learnt of a positive case in your child’s class.  

Please remain very cautious and if your child feels a bit unwell with mild symptoms that could potentially be COVID, then it would be sensible to keep them off school and consider next steps.  Please also consider sensible social distancing on the playground and any other measures you think might help to stop the spread of infection.  

Please look at the flow chart below that will hopefully clarify when and when not to send your child to school. 

 Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

There is 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.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The recommended guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    before leaving home
    on arrival at school
    after using the toilet
    after breaks and sporting activities
    before food preparation
    before eating any food, including snacks
    before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces          

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

See further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.