Information on COVID-19 symptoms and school procedures
To help protect your children and the wider community, please be as honest as possible with school around symptoms, testing and results. You shouldn’t be embarrassed or concerned about reporting a suspected or confirmed case.
We want to provide as much information as possible on our approach to coronavirus symptoms, testing and isolation periods. Please see the answers to key questions below.
1. What do I do if my child displays symptoms?
- In line with government guidance if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus , they will need to stay at home and self-isolate until they can be tested. If your child develops symptoms in school, you will be contacted immediately to collect them.
- If your child develops symptoms at home, please keep them at home and call the school to let us know.
- Information will be provided on how your child and household can be tested for coronavirus and we ask that tests be undertaken as soon as possible.
2. Will the school tell me if another child in the class is displaying symptoms?
- No - The symptoms of coronavirus are like many other common conditions. To avoid unnecessary concern, we will only let parents know if there is a confirmed case within the school. Any child showing symptoms will be sent home immediately and cannot return to school until they have had a test, or a period of 14 days has expired.
3. How many children have to be off school with unconfirmed symptoms before you notify parents?
- The leadership team and Governors will be carefully monitoring the situation. With advice from West Berkshire Council (and Public Health England if necessary) we will inform parents if we think it is appropriate to do so.
4. Does my child need to take a test in order to come back to school?
- Any child displaying symptoms should be tested for the virus. Detail of how to obtain a test can be found here.
5. What do I do if my child tests positive?
- Please call to let us know as soon as possible. You, your child and your wider household will then need to self-isolate for 14 days. Your child will not be able to return to school until their symptoms have gone and you will need the agreement of the Headteacher before they can return.
6. What do I do if my child tests negative?
- Please let the school know and provide a copy of their negative test result. Upon receipt the Headteacher, or member of the Senior Leadership Team will confirm that your child can return to school the next day.
7. Will the school tell me if another child in the class tests positive?
- Yes, if a case is confirmed in your child’s class, we will write to let you know. All children and staff in that class will be required to stay at home for 14 days. If they don’t develop any symptoms during that time, they can then return to school. During that 14 day period the classroom and immediate surrounding area will be deep cleaned ready for the children to return.
8. Will the school tell me if another child in the school tests positive?
- Yes – we will inform parents of all children attending school if there is a positive case. There will be no need for anyone outside of the affected class to stay at home.
9. What if someone in my family is isolating because they have tested positive with to the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
- Yes – in line with the Public Health England advice, your child will need to stay at home if a member of your household develops symptoms.
10. What if someone in my family is isolating because they are aware they may have been exposed to the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
- No – in line with the Public Health England advice, your child will only need to stay at home if a member of your household develops symptoms.
11. What will happen if my child's teacher or TA is off sick?
- We will try to cover with other school staff by using teachers or TAs who have not been teaching any other class to avoid mixing. We will ask that teacher to work outside of a classroom environment for 7 days following that period.
- If we are unable to provide cover with school staff we will seek to arrange a temporary supply teacher.
- We will not split a class up and mix them with other classes.
This information is based on Government Guidance at the time of issue 21st May 2020 and is subject to regular review.