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Coronavirus Key Information

Home Learning Whilst Affected by COVID

Please see our Home Learning (Curriculum menu tab) for key information about Home Learning Whilst Affected by COVID.

Remote Education

If at any point we are required to move to Remote Education, rather than teaching directly in school, then we have a Remote Education Offer outlined in the policy here:

Remote Learning Provision

Lateral Flow Testing 

We strongly encourage you and your child to take part in lateral flow testing at home, to help us break chains of transmission and manage the virus. We are providing all children with the lateral flow home test kits. Students taking part should be testing twice a week (normally Sunday evening and Thursdays).

Your child will not be stopped from studying at school if they choose not to be tested or are not able to undertake a test. 

In addition to lateral flow testing, we are working with the University of Bristol COMMINS study to carry out PCR saliva testing for groups of staff and students with consent at monthly intervals. 

Wearing Face Coverings

We are following government advice and from 27 January 2022 students are no longer required to wear face coverings in the classroom or in communal areas. We will follow guidance carefully, and if this changes our position will remain in line with government expectations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if someone in the home is self-Isolating or tests positive for COVID-19, should I send my child/ren to school?
Yes, anyone who is fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months is not required to self-isolate from contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

What do I do if my child develops symptoms including a temperature and/or persistent cough?
You should follow the Government advice to self-isolate

What precautions are the school taking?

  • All pupils are being regularly reminded how to wash hands and prompted to do so.  Posters are visible around the school to remind staff and pupils to wash hands.
  • All visitors to the school are required to use hand sanitiser before coming into the school.
  • Non-essential meetings are moved online or now are carried out by phone, to reduce contact.
  • If the school closes will pupils be given work to do? Yes, please see our Remote Learning offer above.

What happens if I choose not to bring my child in even though they don't have symptoms and there is no-one at home with symptoms?
Your child should be in school unless they have symptoms (see links below) or they are very unwell.  If you choose to keep your child at home for other reasons, we are unable to authorise this absence.

What do I do if one child has got symptoms but the other hasn't, should I keep them both off and isolate?
The Government advice is that anyone aged under 18 years 6 months or those who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate. The non-symptomatic child can go to school.

 Will my child's absence affect their attendance record?
We will have to record absence due to self-isolation as this is a legal requirement, however we are very aware that we will have to consider dispensation for absence related to coronavirus.  

Will the school call parents to come and collect children if they develop symptoms in school?
Yes, or you will be asked permission for your child to walk home.

Do you have hand sanitiser in school?
Washing hands is a more effective method of control and therefore wherever possible, pupils and staff will be using soap and water regularly.  We do have hand sanitiser available where handwashing facilities are not readily available.

Can I keep my child at home for extra precautions or where family members have high risk conditions even if they are not displaying any symptoms yet?
We are unable to authorise absence under these conditions.

Coronavirus  - this advice is taken from the Government’s website found HERE


The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature

 For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

 Main messages

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home
  • Stay at least two metres (about three steps) away from other people in your home if possible
  • Sleep alone, if possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate. From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 Ending Self-Isolation

You should remain at home until 10 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 10 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111.

Coughing may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the Coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days.