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Should my child go to school?


Part of being a parent means that you must ensure your children attend regularly at school.  Face to face education is a priority.  All pupils should continue to attend school unless they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or a positive PCR test result.


From Thursday 24 February 2022, the legal requirement to self-isolate and stay at home following a positive test is removed. However we would ask that to help us reduce the risk of contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19), parents ensure that their child does not come into school if they are unwell, or have tested positive for COVID-19.


Parents will be informed if their child develops symptoms during the school day and will be asked to collect their child from school and arrange a test. The results of the test should be reported to our admin team:


When a child is waiting to be collected from school, they will be moved to our Isolation Room

  • They will be looked after by an adult, who will maintain a distance of 2m or will wear personal, protective equipment. The child will have access to their own bathroom, which will then be cleaned and disinfected before use by others.


Parents should tell us immediately of the results of a test:

  • if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. 
  • if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home guidance for confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 5-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal and they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.


Containing any outbreak

If the school has a confirmed case or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, there may be an outbreak in our school community. We will follow the advice of the local, health protection team.