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Suspected COVID Case

What will happen in the event of a suspected COVID case?

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new, persistent/continuous cough 
    (i.e. a new cough that has lasted for an hour, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours, or coughing more than usual)
  • a fever or high temperature (37.8°C or higher)
    (i.e. feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure the temperature). This can also include feeling warm, cold or shivery)
  • or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell/taste.

As close as possible, zero tolerance of symptoms will be in place in all establishments.

Should your child display any of these symptoms, DO NOT send them to school. If you or anyone else in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus that person must stay at home for 10 days (new guidelines) and get tested. In addition, everyone else in the household must stay at home for 14 days. You must inform our school office if your child or someone at home is waiting to be tested or has tested positive. 

If your child displays or complains of the symptoms of COVID-19 at school, they must wait in a designated area (this will be our First Aid room). You will be called immediately to collect your child. It must be a member of your household that collects your child, it should not be an extended family member from a different household. A member of staff will don PPE and will stay with your child until they can be collected. NHS guidance states that you should go straight home with your child and book a test online (use this self-help guide on NHS Inform to help you select the right test: You should not use public transport to travel home unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, please ensure you and your child are wearing face coverings and try to maintain distance from other passengers.

Once tested, your child and those within your household should self-isolate until the test confirms negative. However, should the test prove to be positive, your child will need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days (new guidance) and members of your household should continue to self-isolate for 14 days. Should another member of your household develop symptoms within this time, a subsequent test will need to be booked.

Parents must contact the school to let us know of the test results. The same guidance applies to any staff member who displays symptoms. 

If one student or teacher tests positive for coronavirus, the whole class will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Family members of the wider class do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member subsequently develops symptoms. 

For example:

Child A displays symptoms of COVID-19, is isolated in school until parent can collect, parent arranges test and informs HT of result. If test is positive, Child A must stay at home for 10 days, but Child A’s family must stay at home for 14 days.

Child B is in the same class as Child A. If Child A tests positive, Child B and the rest of Child B’s class, including the teacher, will be sent home to self-isolate for 14 days. However, Child B’s family members do not need to self-isolate unless Child B subsequently develops symptoms. 

An incident log will be completed should any of the above take place to keep a record of the procedures that took place.

After your child has been collected from school, staff will clean the area thoroughly, including any commonly touched surfaces within your child’s classroom. All PPE and cleaning materials will be disposed of properly following guidance given. 

Should pupils require to self-isolate as a member of their class has tested positive, Isolation Packs with home learning activities will be provided to complete at home. This will also be provided for pupils who must self-isolate due to contract tracing outside of the school. We ask that parents continue to keep us updated if they have been in contact with someone outside of school who has subsequently tested positive. Pupils will obviously not be expected to complete home learning activities if they fall ill.