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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 


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: 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature 
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) 

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. 
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at 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 an emergency we will call 999 and contact parents.


In a non-emergency:

  • Parents will be contacted to come and collect their child from school.
  • Whilst waiting for collection the child will be isolated in a well ventilated area.
  • Staff will wear suitable PPE and keep their distance.
  • Parents need to arrange a COVID test for the child and inform the school of the outcome as soon as possible.


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 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds  
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards 

Links to key Department of Education documents and guidance.