Information on COVID-19 symptoms and school procedures
Information updated on 5/1/22 and 12/1/22. Updates are shown in red.
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.
- Remote Learning will be provided for pupils who are well enough to work, and not able to attend school. Mrs Rogers in the office will be able to discuss how the school can support you with this.
2. Should I use Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests on my child?
- Parents can choose to do so if they wish. This does help to spot cases more quickly and reduce transmission.
- LFD tests should only be used if a person is not showing any symptoms
- LFD tests should be used twice weekly ( we suggest Monday and Thursday mornings)
- From 11/1/21 you do not need to seek a PCR test to confirm the result. Treat a positive LFD teas as a positive result. See section 6 below.
3. 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 they have self-isolated in line with current government guidance.
4. 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 the UK Health Security Agency if necessary) we will inform parents if we think it is appropriate to do so.
5. Does my child need to take a test in order to come back to school?
- Any child displaying symptoms should take a PCR test. Detail of how to obtain a test can be found here.
- If it is not possible to get a test, pupils need to remain off school, self-isolating, for the time required in the latest government guidance.
- Mrs Rogers in the office can provide support and information on this.
6. 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 the time required in the latest government guidance.
- Your child will not be able to return to school until their symptoms have gone and you will need the contact Mrs Rogers in the office to discuss this, before they can return.
- Remote Learning will be provided for pupils who are well enough to work, and not able to attend school. Mrs Rogers will be able to discuss how the school can support you with this.
7. What do I do if my child tests negative?
- Please contact Mrs Rogers in the school office. Your child should be able to return to school as long as they are feeling well enough.
8. Will the school tell me if another child in the class tests positive?
- Yes, if a case is confirmed in school, we will send a 'warn and inform' letter to let you know. All children and staff can continue to come to school, as long as they have no symptoms themselves. During the time we are aware of positive cases, the classroom and immediate surrounding area will have extra cleaning.
- Remote Learning will be provided for pupils who are well enough to work, and not able to attend school. If UK Health Security Agency tell us to close a class, and we have staff at home who are well enough to work, the remote learning will consist of a mixture of teacher-led and independent activities.
9. What if someone in my household or support bubble is isolating because they have tested positive with the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
- No, if a member of a household has suspected COVID, or has had a positive test, children can come into school unless they have symptoms themselves.
- Mrs Rogers in the office can discuss this with you, and the remote learning that your child can access.
- The latest Government Guidance on self-isolation, is here.
10. What if someone in my household or support bubble is isolating because they are aware they may have been exposed to the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
- No – your child will only need to stay at home if they have symptoms themselves, or they have been told to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
- The latest Government Guidance on self-isolation, is here.
11. What should I do if my child has had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus?
- NHS Test and Trace will contact you if they feel that you or your family should self isolate
- If you have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace your child should come to school
- It's a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
12. What will happen if my child's teacher is off sick or self-isolating?
- For short-term cover - eg up to 3 days, we will cover with other school staff by using Higher Level Teaching Assistants, Cover Supervisors or Teaching Assistants.
- For longer-term cover - we will try to cover with other school staff by using teachers or Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
- If the teacher is well, but unable to come into school, they may be able to teach the pupils on zoom from home, while Teaching Assistants support the class.
- If we are unable to provide cover with school staff we will seek to arrange a temporary supply teacher. At the moment supply staff are very difficult to find.
- If we do not have staff available to teach or supervise we may need to close the class.
- In order to avoid class closures, we would discuss other options with West Berkshire Council. This could involve 2 classes being taught together in the hall by a senior member of staff, or a class being split up and pupils sent with work to other classes. The number of COVID cases in the classes would be considered.
This information is based on Government Guidance at the time of issue and is subject to regular review.