Step 4 Changes to Track and Trace
As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12 July that Step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19 July.
After the end of term, education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.
NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.
This letter sets out in more detail below how that process will work and what you need to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
Self-isolating and taking a test
Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts
We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done and wish you a safe and happy holiday.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your support or childcare bubbles.
Assessing the Risk of Coronovirus
At Botley School we are dedicated to doing everything we can to keep staff and students as safe as possible in the face of coronavirus. Consequently, we have spent many hours evaluating the risks and planning a range of mitigating controls.
We have written a risk assessment that is responsive to all new guidance that is released by the Government, ASCL, Ellis Whittam (our Health and Safety provider), the Estates manager from our multi-academy trust as well as our own evaluation of the effectiveness of the controls we have in place. This plan is always available to view by our staff and is treated as a ‘live’ document that is reviewed whenever we identify a change to the guidance or our management of the risks. The school’s governing body hold us to account for these plans.
Many of the controls have been shared with parents in a series of Classlist letters and the pupils are given daily reminders from their teachers and through video assemblies. The communications focus on the systems we have put in place, for example:
These controls are complemented by a number of additional internal systems such as:
Updates and information for parents will be shared through:
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening Hours: 8.00am until 6.00pm.
Below this information you will find links to any further resources and parent guides.
As there have been a number of questions about COVID-19 symptoms and what to do, I thought I would just write out a few key things that you need to know:
What are the Symptoms of COVID?
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Having just one of these symptoms could indicate a COVID infection.
What do I do if my child or any person in my home shows any of these symptoms?
• The person with the symptoms must stay at home to self-isolate for 10 days from the date their symptoms started.
• All other members of the household must stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days
• Immediately arrange to have a test for anyone who is actually displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Should I arrange a test for anyone else in the household if they are not showing symptoms? No. Even if one person has tested positive, there is no point in anyone else getting tested unless they begin to show symptoms, at which time they would need to be tested.
How do I arrange a test?
• Arrange a test through the nhs.uk website. This can be accessed by clicking on this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
• If you can’t access the internet you can ring 119 to book a test.
What do I do if no tests are available?
• Keep trying until you can book a test.
• All members of the household must self-isolate until receiving the test result
What if I am not sure if the symptoms are COVID or a cold?
• First check the list of symptoms above.
• If still unsure whether you or your child is experiencing COVID symptoms please feel ring 119 or your GP for advice.
• You MUST NOT come to school if you think you or any of your family may have COVID symptoms.
• If the test results are negative your child can return to school as soon as they are well enough
• If your child has self-isolated for 10 days following a positive test, they do not have to take another test to check if they are now negative. They will be able to return to school if well enough.
Will the school tell me if there is a child in the bubble who is self-isolating? No. This is because most people with suspected symptoms do not test positive for the virus. However, we will always inform you if there is a positive case that requires any action and we will always seek and follow the advice of the local Public Health Team when making decisions.
If I have a child in another bubble or school and they are sent home to self-isolate, Does the rest of my family have to self-isolate? No. Not unless any of your household actually show COVID symptoms.
The Department for Education have translated their guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.
The guidance is now available in the following languages: