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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

COVID 19

As children return to school from September 2021, we will be well into Step 4 of the government’s roadmap. This phase involves the country moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. This means there will be a number of changes to school organisation and to the way the school manages the risks Covid-19 presents.  As Covid becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September.

Our priority is to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health. The links below give further information on the measures being taken during this period.

What should I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms? 

If your child has any of the main COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste), they should not attend school and should stay at home
You should arrange for them to get a PCR test and tell your child’s school the test results. Your child should not attend school while you are waiting for test results, even if they are feeling better. If the test is negative, they should go to school as normal. If they test positive, they should continue to isolate and follow public health advice.

Please contact school to inform us if your child is off school due to having Covid symptoms OR if they have tested postive. 

What happens if my child has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms?

If your child has been identified as a close contact, you will be advised that your child takes a PCR test. They will not have to self-isolate, unless they have a positive PCR test result. Your child can attend school whilst they are waiting for the test result as long as they do not have Covid symptoms.

Guide
Link
NHS Guide - Taking your child to primary school

A very clear NHS guide to the measures being taken in school. 

 

 

Risk Assessment

The current risk assessment reflects current expected practice whilst outlining further measures to be considered in the event of an outbreak at Chesswood Junior School.