This page has been created so parents and carers have a clear understanding of the adaptations to the school day and so they have access to the latest information.
On the 29th March 2022 the Government set out the next steps for ‘Living with COVID-19.’ The information on this page explains what you should do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19.
How will my child access remote learning in the event of a closure/isolation?
In the event an individual child, a class, or indeed the whole school need to self-isolate for a period of time, we have a plan in place for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. Please click on the link below for more details regarding our remote learning procedures:
What are the symptoms of COVID – 19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 have recently been updated:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
You can find information about these symptoms on the NHS website.
What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
They should stay at home for 3 days. After 3 days, your child can return to school if they feel better.
What do you do if you have symptoms?
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
If when at school, a child begins to display symptoms, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child. Further information is available here.
When do I have to self-isolate?
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. This also applies to children.
Reporting your child’s absence from school:
If your child is absent from school, you must follow the school’s attendance policy which can be found here.
COVID-19 Routines in School:
Over the past 2 years, children have been amazing at responding to the new rules and routines to keep themselves and others safe.
We continue to follow a number of routines including knowing the importance of good hygiene including ‘Catch it Bin it Kill It’ and washing our hands at key parts of the day.
Why is it important to wash our hands?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future. When your child returns to school they will be washing their hands:
- On arrival,
- Before and after eating,
- When return from outside or changing rooms,
- Before going home.
Please ensure that your child is clear on the expectations of how to wash their hands before returning to school: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
In addition to the above information, Miss Stanton – the school’s science lead – has also created a video explaining the importance of children washing their hands, which your child will watch in school.
Government’s Returning to School Campaign:
To provide further information for parents, the government have created the following documents.
West Sussex Helping Children Return to School Safely:
West Sussex have also shared a range of links and videos that are supporting pupils returning to school in September.
Accessing Support During COVID-19:
We are very aware of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and families within the community. If you feel you may need additional support, information is available here about how to access this.
Videos to make us smile:
During school closure, we created videos to remind us of how important it is to be a connected community: