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COVID 19 Parent Information
It is vitally important that your child does not attend the Academy if they have child any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must get a PCR test and self-isolate until the result is returned. Inform the Academy of this via the Attendance Officer.
If the result it positive > they must continue self-isolating for 10days from the onset of symptoms
If the result is negative (and they feel well enough) > they may return to the Academy and normal activities
Since the 16th August 2021, there have been changes to protocols around self-isolation of household members and close contacts of those that test positive for Covid-19.
When you do not need to self-isolate
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years, 6 months old
- you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Your child therefore if under 18years, 6 months old will be able to attend the Academy as normal if they have been in close contact or live with anyone that has tested positive for Covid-19.
We continue to encourage every child to test via a Lateral Flow Test on a twice weekly basis
Testing on a regular basis is the best way to identify cases early and avoid the spread of the virus
Please ensure all test results are submitted to both the NHS Test and Trace platform and also the Academy MS forms link which has been sent to all parents
COVID Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe and the Academy open.
Below are some questions parents have asked recently regarding the guidance on testing and isolation:
· Can my child come to the Academy if they have symptoms of a cold (e.g. runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and a non-continuous cough)?
You know your child best but provided they are not displaying one of the three COVID-19 symptoms, they can attend school with a cold.
· My child has a cough but no other symptoms. Can they come to the Academy?
A new continuous cough is one of the main symptoms of COVID-19. You should have your child tested if they have a continuous cough. A continuous cough means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
· My child had a temperature over the weekend. The temperature has now gone but they have cold-like symptoms. Can I bring them to the Academy?
A high temperature is one of the main COVID-19 symptoms. If your child had a temperature, even if with no other symptoms, you should have your child tested and they should self-isolate until the result is returned.
· My child had COVID-19 symptoms, took a test and the result was negative. When can they return to the Academy?
If your child’s test results are negative, they can return to the Academy 48-hours after their temperature has returned to normal and only if the test result can be provided as evidence.
· What happens if my child becomes unwell whilst at the Academy?
A member of our Academy will contact you by telephone, ask you to come and collect your child from our COVID isolation medical room and you should then follow the procedures above and arrange a test
· A member of our household has tested positive for Covid-19 – can my child attend school?
Those under the age of 18 years, 6months are no longer required to self-isolate and therefore your child can attend school as normal. They are encouraged to complete a PCR test, and we would also advise completion of a lateral flow test prior to attending school.
· My child’s friend has recently tested positive for Covid-19 and they see them yesterday – can my child attend school?
Those under the age of 18 years, 6months are no longer required to self-isolate and therefore your child can attend school as normal. They are encouraged to complete a PCR test if felt to have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and we would also advise completion of a lateral flow test prior to attending school.
For the latest NHS information and advice about COVID-19 visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep all in our community safe and the Academy open.