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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.

June 2021 - Updated Flow Chart regarding Testing

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 



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.