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Covid Guidance

Updated Guidance - May 2022

 

Dear parents/carers,

 

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the Government’s COVID-19 response. Their view is that COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we must learn to live with and their imperative is to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education.

 

Respiratory infections are common in children, particularly during the winter months. Symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19 and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). For most children, these illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids. Very few children with respiratory infections become seriously unwell. 

 

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

If your child is feeling unwell with any of these symptoms they should get plenty of rest and drink water to keep hydrated. Medications such as paracetamol based products can also help alleviate some symptoms. Antibiotics are not recommended for viral respiratory infections because they will not relieve symptoms or speed up recovery. In some cases, your child might continue to have a cough or feel tired after other symptoms have improved, but this does not mean that they are still infectious. You can find information about these symptoms on the NHS website. If you are concerned about your child's symptoms, or they are worsening, seek medical advice by contacting NHS 111 or in an emergency dial 999.


When should children with symptoms stay at home and when should they return to education?

  • Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting
  • Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people

Children can return to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and feel well enough to attend. If they have been physically sick or had diarrhoea, they should only return to school, 48 hours (2 days) after their last bout of sickness or loose movement. All children with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with disposable tissues when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.


It is no longer recommended that children under 18 are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. If however, your child does have a positive COVID-19 test result (either by a LFD or PCR test) they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. Children who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend school as normal.

 

Should you require any further clarification regarding COVID-19, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

Latest Guidance - September 2021

 

Dear Parents / Carers

Now that we have been back for a few weeks, I thought it would be a good time to clarify some information regarding Covid 19 detection and infection.

 

LFD Tests (lateral flow devices) - these should only be used when a child/adult is well and has NO Covid symptoms. These home test kits should hopefully pick up some asymptomatic cases that would be missed otherwise. Unfortunately they are not sensitive enough to pick up every positive case and they are not suitable to be used if your child is displaying a symptom of Covid 19 (cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell). Should you have a positive result on an LFD test then you are advised and recommended to take a PCR test to confirm the result (as these are far more accurate). The PCR test overrides any LFD test result, so if the PCR test result is negative then your child can return to school should they feel fit and well.

Your child develops Covid symptoms (cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell) – Your child must stay at home and are advised and recommended to have a PCR test as soon as possible. Please do not assume it is simply a cold. Your child must begin self-isolation until the results of the PCR test are known. If the test result is negative then they can return to school if they are feeling fit and well, even if they still have a slight cough (as long as it is not a new symptom). If the PCR test is positive then your child must continue and complete the required period of self-isolation before returning to school. Whilst taking any of these tests is entirely voluntary, if your child does not take a PCR test when a Covid 19 symptom presents, they will not be allowed to attend school until the required period of self isolation is completed.

 

Self-isolation - No child can have absence authorised for isolating ‘just in case’. Students with no Covid symptoms themselves can only have authorised absence for isolating if they have been told to do so by the NHS. This is a new ruling by the government and not discretionary for schools.

Obtaining a PCR Test - should you have any difficulty getting a PCR test arranged for your child, we do have some kits that we can give to you to administer at home and they are kits that need to be sent off in the post to be analysed. This process does take a little longer to get the result back, therefore we recommend whenever possible, that you use a local testing centre. Appointments can be booked online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and are completely free. Some centres also offer a turn up and test policy, so booking is not always needed.

 

By following these procedures you are helping to reduce the spread of this virus, helping to keep the school running normally and also reducing the chance of wider measures, such as the return of bubbles and isolations, becoming necessary.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Kind regards

Seabrook Primary School

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