Action for families
During the winter months and in response to the Omicron variant, it is important that we all know what to do to try to limit covid-19 spreading in our community. This page gives you information about:
- Home testing
- What to do if your child has symptoms
- What to do if your child has a positive test result
- Who needs to isolate and when
- Our Covid-19 risk assessment
There is also a section with lots of useful links to other information, including details about symptoms, how to access support payments and where local walk-in centres are.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on 020 8864 8544 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
It is very important that we all continue to take home tests for covid-19 twice every week. We encourage all families to test regularly and report their results to the NHS here. Children and young people especially are likely to have mild symptoms or none at all, so the only way to know if they have covid-19 is to test. The home tests are free and quick to use.
Students are given test kits at school and we will issue new kits as we receive them. If you can, you should keep one box spare at all times. Your child can use this for daily testing if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case. If your child needs more test kits please contact us at school and we will supply them if possible.
Details of how to get free test kits for other members of your household are in the FAQs at the bottom of this page.
Guidance on how to complete a home tests is here:
A useful A useful NHS video showing you how to do the test is here:
What to do if your child has symptoms
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- A new, persistent cough (coughing for more than an hour or three episodes of coughing in any 24 hrs
- A high temperature (fever)
- Loss of or change to sense of taste and / or smell
If your child has one or more of these symptoms, this is the action you should take:
- Your child must not come to school
- Please telephone us to let us know why your child will be absent
- Your child should self-isolate for ten days from the day they first had symptoms
- Your child may be able to end their isolation early if they take an LFD test on Day 6 and Day 7 and both are negative. You can find more details here: Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.
- You should arrange a PCR test for your child. You can do this by calling 119, ordering online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or attending a local testing centre.
- You can check the rules about self-isolation for other members of your household here: Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.
More information can be found here:
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD’S HOME LFD TEST IS POSITIVE
- If your child’s LFD test is positive they must begin self-isolation and must not come to school.
- Please contact us at school to let us know that your child has tested positive.
- You must arrange for your child to have a PCR test to confirm the results.
What to do if your child’s PCR test is positive
- If your child’s PCR test is positive, they must begin their 10 days isolation.
- Please contact us at school to let us know that your child has tested positive
- Please check the action to be taken by other members of your household here: Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.
- Everyone in your household is advised to take daily LFD tests for 7 days.
- Schools no longer conduct contact tracing. NHS Test & Trace will be in touch with you to discuss your child’s close contacts.
What to do if your child’s PCR test is negative
- If your child’s PCR test is negative they can end their isolation and return to school
- Anyone else in your household who is isolating may also end their isolation.
What to do if your child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive
If your child is a close contact of someone who has tested positive in school or outside school, including someone else in your household, NHS Test & Trace will be in touch with you. You must follow the guidance they give you. However, in most cases, anyone under 18 years and 6 months, or over 18 and 6 months and fully vaccinated will not need to self-isolate. They will be advised to do daily LFD tests for 7 days. The LFD test should be done in the morning before leaving for school. If the test is positive, you must follow the advice above. If it is negative, your child can come to school as normal.
Information about NHS Test & Trace can be found here:
What to do if someone else in your household has symptoms or tests positive
The person who has symptoms or who has tested positive should follow the latest government advice. If your child has not tested positive and has no symptoms they can continue to attend school. They do not need to self-isolate. Your child should complete daily LFD tests for 7 days and follow the advice above if they test positive.
What to do if someone in your child’s class tests positive for Covid-19
NHS Test and Trace has now taken over contact tracing for students. This means that in most cases, if a child in school tests positive, we will not be in touch with you to ask your child to self-isolate. NHS Test & Trace will contact anyone identified as a close contact and you must follow the advice they give you.
You can find more information here:
Please click on this link to find answers to frequently asked questions about Covid-19. If you are unsure or would like to ask any questions please contact us on 020 8864 8544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 useful links
These links are to trusted sources of information. Click on the blue links to access the information. Please be aware that these links are correct at time of publication but we are not responsible for the information provided and it may change at any time. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at school on 020 8864 8544 or email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Find our answers to FAQs here
NHS advice on Covid-19 symptoms
NHS advice on Covid-19 symptoms in children
NHS advice on how to look after someone with Covid-19 symptoms
Government information on how to Get a free Covid-19 PCR test
Testing sites in Local Boroughs:
Order free Lateral Flow Device tests
Find a local pharmacy to collect LFD tests
Government guidance on when to isolate and how
How to book a Covid-19 vaccination
SUPPORT FOR SELF-ISOLATION
Covid-19 vaccinations for young people age 12 - 18
All students aged 12 and above can now book their Covid-19 vaccinations via the NHS website and some students will be able to access walk-in vaccinations centres. Students under 16 years of age will need their parent or carer’s consent to have the vaccine.
Useful information about the vaccines can be found using the links below:
|This useful leaflet has been written for young people. It explains the vaccine and answers lots of questions they may have. You may find it useful to look at this leaflet together as you discuss the vaccine at home. Click to see the leaflet here.|
|A leaflet for children explaining the vaccine, how it works and any possible side effects can be found here.|
|Government guidance on the vaccine programme can be found here.|
|A review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine can be found here.|
Covid-19 School Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plan
Our school risk assessment has been updated and has been approved by our Governing Body. You can find it here. We have also been asked by the Department for Education to create a plan in the event that we have a COVID-19 outbreak. You can find our Outbreak Management Plan here.
Remote Learning Resources
Detailed guidance on how parents can support remote student learning can be found here:
There is also some fantastic advice available on how to support your child's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. Please click here to go to the parent section of our website for links to external organisations offering advice and support.
If you have any questions about the measures we are taking or our procedures, please contact us by either:
Emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Telephoning the school on 020 8864 8544.