Coronavirus (COVID-19) Procedures

Covid-19 Symptoms

If your child displays symptoms of Covid-19, you must book a PCR test.

If a child is tested, the school must be informed of the result of the test. If it is positive, NHS Test and Trace will advise you of your next steps. If the test is negative then children may return to school when they feel well.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming school and are delighted to see all children return to school. Bubbles, staggered days and children isolating after contact with a positive case no longer form part of government guidance. The school will continue with measures to prevent transmission such as keeping classrooms ventilated, frequent hand washing and extra cleaning.

If your child has symptoms, has a positive test or is required to quarantine, they cannot come to school. Schools have a right to refuse a pupil if we feel it is necessary to do so, to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection. 

Schools will no longer be involved in contact tracing. A positive case will be dealt with by NHS Test and Trace unless the school has an outbreak, the definition of which is given as 5 cases or 10% of children or staff testing positive within a 10 day period.

If you've tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days. You may be able to leave self-isolation on or after day 6 of your self-isolation period if you have a negative lateral flow test on both day 5 and day 6 of isolation, if both tests are at least 24 hours apart and if you do not have a high temperature.

This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Children aged between 5 years and 18 years, 6 months (and adults who are fully vaccinated) should take an LFD test every day for seven days if identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. They can continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory, so our attendance policy resumes in full, including no authorisation for holidays in term time. All absences will be followed up with parents. Absences must be reported daily via ParentMail, email or phone, by 9am.

Home Testing for Covid-19

The government offers lateral flow tests for adults without symptoms. You should:

  • take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days)
  • report rapid lateral flow test results the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is.

Essex County Council strongly encourages twice weekly lateral flow testing for children of primary school age.

Drop off and pick up

Drop off and pick up times will be the same for all year groups. Please be punctual. Arrivals after 9.15am can be recorded as unauthorised absence.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required for all parents and visitors entering the school building.

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