COVID-19

28/05/2021 - update for parents/carers from Dr Sakthi Karunanithi Director of Public Health Lancashire County Council

Covid - General Information

As you will have seen in the news, more and more reports about the Coronavirus (COVID 19) are appearing frequently, we would like to inform you of the steps we have in place as a school and some of the things you can do at home. All of this will help prevent any spread of any virus.

At School:

- We have soap and water available across the site

- All children are reminded to wash their hands at key points

- Each class has had a lesson about the importance of hand washing

- There are tissues available in each classroom

- We have worked with the NHS to teach children to sneeze and cough into their elbow (pretending to ‘dab’).

At home:

- Talk to your child about good hygiene

- Teach them how to sneeze and cough into a tissue / into their elbow

- Reassure them if they are worried about anything they hear on the news

- Get children to wash their hands just before leaving for school and as soon as they get home from school

Please note - we do not have any cases of Coronavirus and this information is just to ensure general good hygiene which will help protect everyone from a variety of viruses such as colds and flu.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19  Click here for the latest Government Advice.

 

Should I send my child to school?

What to do if …….

Action Needed

Return to school when……

My Child has Covid-19 symptoms;

HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means you feel hot to touch ion your chest or back.

A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH-this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hrs .

A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE.-this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Get a test.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATLEY ABOUT TEST RESULT

…….The test comes back negative

My Child tests positive for covid-19……..

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 10 days.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Bubble isolates/remote learning.

…….They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks.

My Child tests negative

 CONTACT THE SCHOOL

Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day)

…..The test comes back negative.

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to covid-19

FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE

After 48hrs following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence

Someone in my household has covid-19 symptoms

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.

Contact school.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Household members to get tested.

INFORM SCHOOL IMEDIATLEY ABOUT TEST RESULTS

…..The test comes back negative.

Someone in my household tests positive for covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.

Contact school

Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days

…..The child has completed 14 days of isolation

NHS test & trace has identified my child has been in close contact of someone with symptoms of confirmed covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.

CONTACT SCHOOL

Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days

…..The child has completed 14 days of isolation

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine.

Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.

Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed.

Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days from return date.

Self-isolate the whole household.

…..The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

CONTACT SCHOOL

Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

…..School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to a covid-19 outbreak in school.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

At home support your child with remote education provided by school.

Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.

Safeguarding

 

During these challenging times, the safeguarding of all children continues to be a priority, whether they are at home or in attendance at school. 

The following fundamental safeguarding principles remain the same: 

  • The best interests of children continue to come first 
  • If anyone in our school has a safeguarding concern, they will act immediately 
  • A designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or deputy DSL will always be available 
  • No unsuitable people will be allowed to gain access to our children 
  • Children and parents will continue to be educated and protected when they are online. 

  

Trawden Forest Primary School has an addendum to its Child Protection policy to reflect the new rules and approaches that are needed in response to Coronavirus (COVID- 19). This is kept updated throughout this situation.

 

To see more safeguarding information, click here.

 

To see our school policies, including the Safeguarding policy, click here

 

Below are some documents that you may find useful including our staged response.

COVID-19 Information

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Latest Department for Education information:

https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

NHS

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/