How can you stop anyone with COVID-19 coming into school?
As it is possible for someone with COVID-19 to be asymptomatic (meaning they are not showing any signs or symptoms of having the virus), we cannot guarantee that no one with the virus comes into school.
However, as you can see from the measures outlined throughout our responses to these FAQs — such as closing reception, creating staggered entry and exit times, and keeping children and staff in ‘bubbles’ — we’re doing everything possible to limit the number of adults on the premises while children are in school. These limitations even extend to teaching and school staff who are not directly involved in providing face-to-face support to our young people, who will be instructed to remain off-site.
What happens if a child shows symptoms of COVID-19?
Any child who shows symptoms compatible with COVID-19 while in school will be immediately isolated and their parents or carer will be called to collect them. The child will be asked to self-isolate at home for a minimum of seven days. Other members of their household will also be asked to self-isolate, but for 14 days. The child may return to school after seven days IF they do not have a high temperature. If the child still has a high temperature, they should continue self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.
What happens if a member of staff shows symptoms of COVID-19?
Any adult who shows symptoms compatible with COVID-19 while in school will be immediately asked to return home. They will then self-isolate for a minimum of seven days. Other members of their household will also be asked to self-isolate, but for 14 days. The staff member will return to school after seven days IF they do not have a high temperature. If their temperature is still high after seven days, they will continue self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.
What happens if a child or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19?
Should a child or member of staff at the school test positive for COVID-19, they and the rest of their ‘bubble’ will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. The other members of the household of the person who tests positive should also self-isolate for 14 days.
The other members of the household of the other children or staff within the ‘bubble’ do not need to self-isolate unless the child or member of staff they live with subsequently develops symptoms.
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Should your child test positive for COVID-19, you should follow all advice and guidance from Public Health England (PHE). Your child will be required to self-isolate from school for a minimum of 14 days. You and the other members of your household should also self-isolate for 14 days.
What are you doing to reduce the risks of COVID-19 within school?
Throughout these FAQs, we have outlined some of the measures we are implementing to reduce the risks of the virus spreading at our school. These measures include, but are not limited to:
- Reducing the number of children in school at any one time by splitting year groups into two cohorts and teaching children two days a week.
- Carrying out a thorough clean of the entire school on a Wednesday to ensure it is safe for the second cohort’s arrival on Thursday.
- Carrying out a thorough clean of the entire school between the second cohort leaving on Friday afternoon and the return of the first cohort on Monday morning.
- Allocating drop-off and collection times for parents to minimise the number of adults on the school site at any one time.
- Providing each ‘bubble’ with its own cleaning equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
What can I do to reduce the risks of catching COVID-19?
Please continue to follow government and Public Health England guidelines regarding frequent hand washing and social distancing, and remain aware of potential symptoms of the virus.
How are you managing the behaviour of children?
Due to the risks posed by COVID-19, we all have a heightened awareness of the need to ensure the behaviour of any child does not impact on the health or wellbeing of another. As such, our levels of tolerance for poor behaviour will be significantly reduced, and any child who chooses to threaten, or actually causes, harm to another child will be immediately removed from the school. Actions that could be considered grounds for removal include threatening to or actually spitting, coughing in the direction of another child, or invading the personal space of another child or member of staff.
In the event that this behaviour occurs, the child’s parents will be called, and the child will be excluded for a minimum of 14 days, subject to a case review by our headteacher and The White Horse Federation.
As always, though, our intent is for children to be happy, content, and relaxed while in school, and we will continue working hard to ensure this remains the case.