On Monday 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains a priority. What parents and carers need to know about schools.
- a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child 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
Managing COVID-19 in school
Good ventilation, hygiene and encouraging vaccination uptake, as well as following any additional advice from local directors of public health, are the best measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in education settings. We have shared the risk assessments (currently under review) for each of our sites. Ventilation Many classrooms and communal areas in school remain well-ventilated and we are using a range of options to keep air flowing, balancing the need for good ventilation with keeping classrooms warm.
Regular hand washing is an effective way to reduce your risk of catching illnesses, including COVID-19. If you need to sneeze or cough, use a tissue to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’
Attendance and Absence
In line with government guidance, as there is no legal requirement to self isolate following a positive test, we advise that the expectation is that pupils either attend school or report sickness absence following our usual notification procedures.
The decision was made on the basis that the government has now aligned treatment of CV with other viruses such as the general cold and flu.
If a pupil is not well enough to attend then normal procedures should be followed. There is no legal requirement to test or to isolate but understand that this is very much a transitional stage for everyone.