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. https://studybugs.com/about/parents
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: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
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: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme .
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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