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Updated info re. Isolation

1.  What happens if a family member has symptoms

which might be COVID-19?


Families are reminded that under no circumstances should learners attend school if they: 

·       ​feel unwell, or have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days

·       live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.


4. What is the current policy for isolation if you or someone in your household has possible COVID-19 symptoms?

  • If someone is symptomatic they should get tested and they and their household should self-isolate until they get the result back.
  • If the result for the symptomatic individual is negative (you don’t have COVID-19) then the household contacts who isolated are released. The individual who tested negative can also be released from isolation provided they have not had a fever for 48 hours and feel well.

If the result comes back as positive (you have COVID-19) all household contacts must continue their isolation for a full 14 days and further contact tracing will be carried out by TTP to identify any other contacts of the case while they were infectious.

5. What happens if I have been identified as a contact of a case of COVID-19?

  • If someone has been identified as a contact of a case by TTP they will be asked to isolate for 14 days because it can take up to 14 days for COVID symptoms to develop after you have been exposed to infection.
  • Receipt of a negative test by a contact of a case during their 14 day isolation period does not release the person from isolation. The amount of virus present in different compartments of the body varies over the time course of infection and therefore a negative result cannot rule out the presence of COVID infection particularly in the incubation period. For example a contact of a case may get a test on day 2 of their isolation while asymptomatic and test negative, but then develop symptoms on day 8, get tested and discover they are positive.

6. What happens to my child’s education they are healthy but need to isolate?

To help us prepare for all eventualities (which may include you and your family needing to self isolate for a period of time), all home learning tasks which have been set from school will be available online.  This does not mean that children will be asked to complete their tasks on the computer/on a device, rather that the instructions will come via either Seesaw or Google Classroom.  This will enable staff to concentrate more of their energy on fabulous quality learning for children in school.  If any children are away from school they will receive regular phone calls from teachers and support staff from their Step.

7. What happens if someone becomes unwell during the school day?

If your child needs first aid during the day they will be looked after by us in the usual way, the only difference being we will wear gloves and a mask (and maybe an apron) as a matter of course.

If a child becomes unwell during the school day with symptoms of COVID-19 they will be asked to go to the first aid room whilst arrangements are made for them to be collected from school by their parents/carers.  A member of staff will stay with them, that member of staff will be wearing enhanced PPE (gloves, apron, mask/visor).  Once the child has gone home, the room will be deep cleaned by our Direct Services Unit Cleaning Team.