Clarification email 8th September 2020

Important: clarification around symptoms and testing

Dear parents and carers

I apologise for any confusion in yesterday’s newsletter regarding what to do if your child develops symptoms of Covid. Please note the following:

What happens if my child develops symptoms?

If your child develops Covid symptoms – particularly a new persistent cough or a high temperature – they must not attend school and you must get them tested straight away. The rest of the family do not need to be tested but brothers and sisters do need to stay away from school too. If the test is negative then the child(ren) can return to school. If the test is positive, your family will all need to self-isolate for 14 days. I have attached a summary of what to do on the reverse of this update.

Testing

The DfE have asked me to remind you that it is vital that only if children or staff develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – one or more of: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – do educational settings ask them to self-isolate and recommend they get a test. The NHS Test and Trace system is fully up and running, but capacity must be protected for those with symptoms of the virus.

You do not need to book a test or keep your child away from school if they have cold symptoms.

Thanks very much for your help, patience and support.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson

Headteacher

 

Coronavirus Quick Guide September 2020

What to do if…

Action needed

Return to school when…

…my child has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate
  • Get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

…the test comes back negative.

…my child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Self-isolate for at least 14 days
  • Inform school immediately about test result

...they feel better. They can return to school after 14 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.

…somebody in my household has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate
  • Household member to get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

…the household member test is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

…the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation

… NHS test and trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

…the child has completed 14 days of self-isolation

…we/my child travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

  • Term time holidays, including absence as a result of needing to quarantine, are unauthorised.

 

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

…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 as required by the pastoral team
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shieling is paused again

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

 

Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas


Tel: 01928 722991
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk