Adults and children who have respiratory symptoms AND are unwell or have a high temperature should stay at home, avoid contact with others, and only return when well enough and have no temperature.
Please note this applies to adults and children who are unwell for any reason/have a temperature (even without respiratory symptoms).
For individuals with positive LFT results:
Adults should self-isolate for 5 clear days (minimum) after the day of test – which is day 0. They can then return to normal activities only if well enough and don't have a temperature.
Children self-isolate for 3 clear days (minimum) after the day of test – which is day 0. They can then return to normal activities only if well enough and don't have a temperature.
If de-isolating before the end of 10 days, contact with vulnerable individuals should be avoided.
COVID-19 symptoms/those of other respiratory infections: continuous cough, high temperature, fever of chills, loss/ change in sense of taste or smell, tiredness/lack of energy, shortness of breath, headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual, sore throat, muscle ache, blocked/runny nose, diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick vomiting.
If as a school we begin to see high numbers of staff or children unwell with respiratory symptoms, but are not clear if it is or isn't COVID-19, then we will keep parents informed ,asking you to be vigilant for symptoms.
If LFT result of any of the symptomatic individuals is positive and we have rising numbers of suspected cases, we will notify close contacts of cases.
Advice for close contacts of COVID_19 cases:
If you have access to LFTs, you may wish to test regularly over the next seven days.
Be vigilant for symptoms and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals.
Wear a face covering as appropriate in indoor public places.
If close contacts of LFT positive cases become symptomatic, treat as per guidance for symptomatic individuals (remain off school/setting whilst unwell/have a high temperature).
If we have rising numbers of cases and need advice, we will seek further contact.
Please inform school if pupils are at higher risk of more serious complications from COVID-19, particularly if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated so that risk assessments can be completed:
Staff and pupils in mainstream settings are no longer expected to do regular LFTs.
This may be advised on public health advice in extreme cases of disruption to staffing or where other recommended measures have not mitigated against risks to face-to-face education.
Face coverings may be temporarily recommended in communal areas or classrooms as part of outbreak management measures.
General wearing of face coverings in school is not recommended.
During times of high incidence of infection, we will consider ways in which children can be "zoned", or how mixing (including staff) might be reduced in ways that will fit with how we are operating our school: e.g. assemblies, at lunch and break times, start and finish times.
All sports fixtures, planned trips / educational visits will be risk assessed in these circumstances.
Good ventilation will be ensured in all communal and classroom areas.
In an outbreak, visitors will be asked to wear a face covering and leave their contact details so they can be traced as close contacts if necessary.
Vaccine take up among staff/parents and eligible children are promoted and will be encouraged.
Hand hygiene and cleaning
Children and staff will be reminded to wash their hands regularly and use sanitiser where possible.
We will continue with regular cleaning routine and very regular cleaning down touch points and areas of heavy traffic.