We have been provided with the following information from the Department for Education to share with parents and carers:
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.
To support the transition back to education, we have extended our opening hours and are now available 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Thank you parents and carers for your continued encouragement of your children with: good hygiene – regular hand washing and use of sanitiser, for social distancing across bubbles and with all staff in school, and for encouraging the wearing of face coverings.
And a refresher from a previous post:
The GFM are regularly checking the NHS and Government sites whenever we have a question about covid – recently the main questions are around track and trace, contact with a known covid case, contact with someone with symptoms or having symptoms.
The link is here if you also questions:
GFM schools ask that any pupils, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days. We also ensure anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Pupils, staff and other adults should also not attend if they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.