A Step by Step Guide:
If we have received information that someone in your child’s group tests positive for COVID 19 the school will alert you via SchoolComms/text as soon as possible. We will then follow this with an email with further information. It is probable that this information will inform you that your child will need to isolate for 14 days.
This will be an initial safety response whilst Public Health England investigates the matter further. When we have additional information we will follow up the initial text with an email/phone call to clarify matters further and offer further guidance / information.
● If you do get the initial message, please follow national guidelines and isolate for 14 days in order for further cases to be avoided ensure we can get students back into school as quickly and as safely as possible. Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19). Your child must not go to school.
What happens if your child becomes unwell with symptoms?
If your child becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), please alert the school and do not send your child into school. Follow the government guidance COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance. and outlined below
● Your child must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
● for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period
What happens if someone in your household tests positive?
If someone in your household or someone your child has had contact with has a positive test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) the medical advice is clear: your child must immediately self-isolate at home for 14 days. If it is a member of the household, the 14 days would start from when the symptoms appeared. If it is a person outside of the household, then the 14 days would start from the date of their last contact with them.
● Stay at home for 14 days and follow the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19). Your child must not go to school.
What happens if a member of staff tests positive?
The member of staff must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
What happens if a member of staff tests negative?
The government guidance for those who test negative is that they can return to their work setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get a test?
- All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
- To access testing, parents will be able to use the NHS online test booking service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119 if they do not have internet access.
- You will be asked how you want to get the test (e.g. by driving to a Regional Testing Site or asking for a home test kit to be posted to you) and for some contact details.
- Staff who are classified as essential workers can also access testing through https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
What testing sites are available locally?
There are currently two Regional Testing Centre sites operating in Manchester and Trafford; these are at Manchester Airport and the Etihad Stadium. Both sites provide drive-through testing only. Testing is either self-swabbing (individuals complete their own test) or assisted swabbing (a healthcare worker completes the test).
Mobile Testing Units also operate occasionally in other locations for short periods of time, the details of these will be given when you contact the test booking service.
Can children be tested?
Yes. The Government has said that children of any age can be tested.
How long will individuals wait for test results?
Test results should be returned within 72 hours.
How do I get a test if I am not able to drive to a testing centre?
Residents and essential workers can apply for home testing kits for themselves or members of their household, if they have symptoms of coronavirus. These are available through the NHS website or by calling 119.
What happens if my test is positive?
If your test is positive for COVID-19 you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace within 24 hours and asked to give contact details of people you have come into close, recent contact with and the places you have visited. (These details will be entered onto a secure website.)
Your child must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If they are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 they also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, they must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.
What guidance has the school used to plan the current in school provision?
In order to plan effectively for our in school provision we have used the guidance documents that can be found using the links below:
- Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection: guidance for schools and other educational settings
- Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings
- COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings
Where can I find the most up to date guidance regarding Covid-19?
The most up to date guidance regarding Covid-19 can be found by clicking on the link below:
Definitions and associated mitigating strategies in relation to people who are classed as clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable.
For definitions and associated mitigating strategies in relation to people who are classed as clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable please use the link below:
Useful videos / information to support conversations about how your child can help keep themselves and others safe.
As a school we wanted to share with you some of the official guidance and videos that you can use to support your conversations with things your child can do to help keep themselves and others safe:
- Hand-Washing Guidance and Hand-Washing Video
- Social Distancing and what you need to do
- Coronavirus resources for children and families
Covid 19 Advice for Parents in GM