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Covid-19 Advice and Information

Track and Trace & Self-Isolation

We have received several queries asking about the Government's COVID rules regarding self-isolation and what it means for students and families in our school. As a school we are following the current Government guidelines which state that we are no longer conducting Track and Trace. This process is now done by the NHS Track and Trace service. If a student tests positive they must stay at home and follow the guidance from the NHS.

If your child is showing any of the symptoms of COVID, or a positive Lateral Flow Test, they should book a PCR test and isolate until the result is negative. They do not need to isolate once the result comes back negative and should return to school if they are well enough to do so.

Where they may have been in close contact with someone who is positive, they do not need to isolate, even if one sibling has tested positive, other siblings are able to attend school but they should continue to test using home testing. If they develop symptoms, then they should book a PCR test as above and isolate.

Please notify attendance via Studybugs as usual. If you have not signed up to this please do so as it is a quick and easy way of reporting absence.

Main symptoms to look for:

  • 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

If a student receives a negative PCR test result but is still unwell, then they should stay at home until they are feeling better and able to attend.

If your child is able to work and is having to isolate, there is work available on the SLG. Attached is a short presentation that shows how this work can be accessed.   

All students should continue to do Lateral Flow tests at home. Ideally these should be done twice a week and are a good way of identifying COVID before symptoms present. These can be ordered here:


Vaccination Programme for Children (aged 12 - 15)

COVID-19 Vaccination: checklist for parents of children aged 12 to 15 years

Sussex Vaccination Programme

Sussex Vaccination Programme - Parent and carer message 14 September 2021.pdf

You can find information about the COVID-19 Vaccination for children aged 12 - 15 on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website: .

Government Guidance and Support

COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents

New: COVID-19 Vaccination programme for young people - guidance for parents.pdf

Public Health England

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 or smell (anosmia), they must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection: 

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection 

If you need to report absence owing to COVID-19 please use the StudyBugs app. If you have any concerns regarding attendance please contact the Attendance Office at or by ringing Reception on 01273 852222. If you are calling after school hours please leave a message.

Department for Education Guidance 

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak 

Help secondary school children continue their education during Coronavirus - Updated 16 July 2020

Help Children with SEND continue their education during Coronavirus

- Updated 16 July 2020

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing - Updated 16 June 2020

Letter from Public Health England - 23 September 2020

23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians.pdf

Letter from the Director of Public Health  - 4 September 2020

DPH Letter to Parents and Carers.pdf


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