COVID-19 Information for Parents

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

We remain committed to delivering high-quality education and support for our pupils as we continue to live with COVID. We strive to keep our pupils and staff safe and engaged in their learning.

We are committed to supporting home learning for any pupil who cannot attend school, through Google Classroom, personal contact, and online lessons.  You can read our full remote learning policy here. Our approach is individualised to meet the needs of each pupil. 

The Department for Education’s guidance for schools is updated regularly.  Further information can be found here 

If you have any questions please contact our Family Support Team on 0208 498 4230 or 07874 635725.

Q. My child has mild symptoms that could be Covid-19, what should I do?

  • Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough.
  • If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

The government has updated its guidance regarding potential symptoms of COVID-19 and this information can be found here.  These include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

If your child has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and they have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to school, they are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If they are feeling unwell with these symptoms they should get plenty of rest and drink water to keep hydrated.

You should contact the school to let us know, if your child is unwell.

Q. I, or someone in our house has symptoms what should I do?

Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal. Further information can be found here.

Q. What is the school doing to keep everyone safe?

We have a mix of measures to continue to keep everyone in our community safe, including:

  • additional COVID-19 cleaning which has been in place since the start of the pandemic;
  • ventilating areas, where possible;
  • promoting good hygiene;
  • asking parents and carers of children who are unwell with high a temperature to stay at home until well;
  • requesting staff who present with Covid-19 systems, to take a test and stay at home for 5 days if positive;
  • continuing to liaise with our local colleagues in Public Health;
  • continuing to follow Public Health and Department for Education guidance;
  • re-instating our COVID outbreak management plan if numbers of unwell staff or students suggest an outbreak, which could include bubbles, social distancing, limiting visitors and/or wearing masks in communal areas.

Q. Where can I get a test for my child?

Schools no longer have access to free COVID-19 tests and we are therefore not able to routinely provide these to our families. However, COVID-19 tests can be purchased from all pharmacies, some supermarkets or online.

Q. Where can I find more information about keeping my family safe?

  • The government has a single page that gathers all the latest advice here.

Q. What will happen if my child develops symptoms at school?

If your child develops symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and they have a high temperature and/or do not feel well enough to stay in school, we will contact you to come and collect your child. You should keep your child away from school from 3 days or until they feel well enough to return.

The government has updated its guidance regarding potential symptoms of COVID-19 and this information can be found here.  These include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
COVID Outbreak Management Plan 28th Aug 2021 Download
Living with Covid Letter 25th Feb 2022 Download
Covid update March 2022 from LBWF 01st Mar 2022 Download