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Covid-19 Information For Parents and Carers

We will update this page with resources and guidance as they are received.  

Follow the link below to check the latest updates as of 6th January 2022:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Covid Outbreak

In the event of a school outbreak or Public Health advice, it may be necessary to re-introduce further Protective measures such as the re-introduction of bubbles as outlined in our Coronavirus Outbreak Management Plan.  If this is the case, we will ensure parents and carers are informed.

Rapid Lateral Flow Testing 

Some more helpful information:

*An Introduction to Rapid Self-Testing for COVID-19.pdf

*How to Do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test.pdf

*How to Self-Test Video with Dr Amir Khan.pdf

*A guide to regular testing for parents with children at nurseries, schools and colleges.pdf

*Test and Trace, How To Flyer for Primary Schools & Nurseries.pdf

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID19

  • If anyone in your family has Covid symptoms, please book a test using this link.
  • If your child tests positive for Covid, please inform the school immediately.

Contact tracing 

  • Schools will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.  This is now being carried out by NHS Test and Trace.

Self Isolation 

  • Staff or pupils must not come into school if they have Covid Symptoms. 
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. You can arrange this online (Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by phone by calling 119.  
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 
  • Self-isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your test was taken. 
  • From 11 January, asymptomatic people in England who test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on a lateral flow device (LFD) test no longer need to get a confirmatory PCR test. Their isolation period can start immediately following their positive LFD test result. These individuals should still report their test results on GOV.UK.
  • This is a temporary measure while coronavirus rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of coronavirus are high, the government has said that the vast majority of people with positive LFD test results can be confident that they have coronavirus
  • LFD tests should only be taken by people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms should self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative LFD test – these rules have not changed.
  • The Prime Minister has said that the cabinet agreed that England should stick with Plan B measures for a further three weeks. The regulations will be reviewed before they expire on 26 January.
  • Since Monday 17 January 2022, the self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 5 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
  • Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 7 full days of self-isolation. 
  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting.
  • Health and social care workers, including those working in education settings, should continue to follow guidance for their sector on taking LFD tests. For more information, visit COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.
  • Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
  • Further information, including examples of when to end self-isolation if you have had COVID-19 symptoms, is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection. 

Sending Pupils Home 

  • If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms at school, however mild, they will be sent home. Please therefore ensure that all your emergency contact details are up to date.

 Close contacts 

From 14 December 2021, following DFE advice, we are asking all adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine
  • all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
  • people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  • people taking part or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Face Masks 

  • Parents are required to wear masks on entry to the school office/building.  

COVID Symptoms

  • a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
  • a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

                                                        

Preventing the spread of infection:

  • At no time must any child or adult enter the school grounds if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or might be indicative of the virus.  See link for further information https://tinyurl.com/sdoyyrw 
  • Any adult or child showing possible symptoms will not be admitted or will be sent home if already on site. 
  • Please ensure that there is someone available to respond to a phone call from school at all times in case we need to send your child home at short notice.

Further Information  

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare

Asymptomatic (rapid lateral flow) Test - Test for adults of children with no symptoms

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. 

To help prevent the spread of infection, we are requesting that pupils and their families visit an asymptomatic testing centre regularly.  The recommendation is for staff and pupils to be tested twice weekly. However, only positive Covid results need to be reported to the school via the school office. 

If you get a positive result when you have an asymptomatic test, you should:

  • Self isolate immediately
  • Book an NHS test for people with symptoms (PCR test) 
  • Inform the school as soon as possible

A negative result means that the test did not find signs of coronavirus but this does not 100% guarantee you do not have it.  Therefore you should keep following protective advice such as: 

  • Regular handwashing
  • Social Distancing and Wearing a face covering in public and when dropping off and collecting your child at school

Documents you can view on this page:

  • Please view our current Risk Assessment below.
  • Please find our Remote Learning Policy below which outlines our remote learning offer.
  • Our parent letter explaining our remote learning procedure can also be found below.
  • Non-screen activities for children.
  • Enfield community food bank.