Covid-19 Key Information

Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school, college or to an entry test for a selective school if:

You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.

If your child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 please ensure they take a lateral flow tests every day for 7 days.  Anyone with a positive test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance (if they become symptomatic at school, you will need to arrange for them to be collected).  You should follow the latest government guidance on confirmatory PCR tests following a positive LFD test.

The following measures are in place in our school to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in school:

1. Ensuring good hygiene for everyone.

2. Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.

3. Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.

4. Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

5. Letters to parents when we see a cluster of cases in classes

We have also temporarily paused on some indoor mixing including year group assemblies, lunchtime clubs and after school clubs:

The key messages for parents of school age children from the updated government Covid-19 guidance are:

  • nationally, education and childcare settings are open, and attendance is mandatory (for schools) and strongly encouraged (at childminders, nurseries and colleges)

  • the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made it clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only

  • updated advice on tracing close contacts and isolation to reflect the changes to isolation rules

  • continuing to take regular rapid tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission

  • your nursery, school or college no longer trace close contacts - close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace

  • children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, are not required to self-isolate

  • your child no longer needs to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)

  • if the number of positive cases substantially increases in your nursery, school, or college, or if your nursery, school, or college is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that additional measures should be introduced

  • all children aged 12 and over are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination

  • changes to advice for clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

  • updated information to confirm that schools, colleges, nurseries and childminders are not required to use the NHS COVID Pass, unless they are holding a specific event that meets the attendance thresholds

  • in primary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff, adults, and those aged over 11 (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas

  • where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils and students, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas

  • updated advice on the use of face coverings to include the use of face coverings in classrooms for year 7 and above

  • updated advice on confirmatory PCR tests

 

The full guidance, including information on attendance and support for parents that are looking after children that are self-isolating, can be found here:

Parental guidance for Covid-19

Mental health and wellbeing

Some children and young people may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Encourage your child to talk to you or their teacher if they are feeling anxious or stressed.

Online resources to help you support your child with mental health and wellbeing, include:

Advice and guidance for parents and professionals on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing includes actions you can take to support your child and emphasises the importance of taking 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Youth Sport Trust and Sport England have advice and support on helping children and young people stay physically active.

NHS mental health services remain open and have digital tools to connect with people and provide ongoing support. Please use your local children and young people’s mental health service when needed.

Support for children and young people

Get free, confidential support at any time by:

  • texting SHOUT to 85258

  • calling Childline on 0800 1111

  • calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994

Find help online through:

  • Young Minds - information on COVID-19 and mental health

  • Think Ninja - a free app for 10 to 18 year olds to help build resilience and stay well

  • Every Mind Matters - building resilience and supporting good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16

E-learning which can help parents and carers to support their children and young people in emergency or crisis situations.

Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who are not currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of COVID-19. Use the See, Hear, Respond self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

Report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline.