Catcott COVID-19 Guidance
This page signposts you to updated information regarding COVID-19. We understand the level of concern this national issue has generated in schools and the local community and we wanted to reassure you that we are following the latest advice and guidance.
Developments regarding COVID-19 are continuing to be carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) and there is currently a national approach in place with PHE, DfE and the NHS. Catcott Primary School is following the national advice and guidance.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child is unwell or develops symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at home, they must not come to school. You must inform the school of your child's absence and arrange a COVID-19 test. You can arrange a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test.
If the test is negative then they may return to school when they feel better.
If the test is positive then you must inform the school and remain at home. You must follow the Government guidelines.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-havecoronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
If a child becomes ill whilst at school
The school will follow the latest Government guidelines if a child becomes unwell whilst at school. Here are the key actions:
In a non-emergency:
Returning to school after illness
After a period of illness, your child can return to school based learning either after they have had a negative COVID test result OR completed the isolation period fully.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
To help limit the transmission of the virus in school, the children will work in their normal class groups for lessons but for break & lunch times and Staffing the children will be grouped in Bubbles. If a positive case occurs then Public Health England will inform the school that a Bubble needs to go into self-isolation at home for 10+ days.
To reduce the need for Bubble closures and the inevitable disruption this causes to school and home life, we ask kindly that if your child is ill that you act cautiously about sending them into school. If they are feeling under-the-weather, it may be cautionary to keep them off school for a day or two to check it does not develop into more Covid-19 like symptoms. If anybody in your household is unwell, we would again ask kindly that a preventative approach is followed, as we all try hard to reduce the likelihood of transmission. Please inform your child’s class Teacher and the school office of any absences – for whatever reason.
If somebody in your household is waiting for a test or results, then the children should remain at home until the result has been sent out. If negative and there are no Covid-19 symptoms in the family, then they can return to school. If positive, then all members of the family should isolate for the next 10 full days (please check with the school office for a return date for your child) and PHE would recommend other members of the family to also take a Covid-19 test. If other members of the family become ill during this 10 day isolation period, then a Covid test should be taken and another 10 day isolation period should begin from this test result day. Please check with the school office if further advice is needed on this matter.
Links to key Department of Education documents and guidance.