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COVID-19

Suspected cases, what to do & testing arrangements

School will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) by contacting the Public Health Infection Control Team via the Local Single Point of Contact. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Quick links:

Latest NHS advice & information

What will happen at school

Local arrangements for testing

Link to Rochdale LA website

 

Test Trace

You are regarded as a contact if:

  • having face-to-face contact with someone (less than 1 metre away)
  • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone

 

Check NHS site below for latest advice and information:

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Information for our School Community

Heap Bridge Village Primary School is committed to keeping both children and staff members safe now they have returned to school. We would like to inform you about what our school will be doing and what we ask of you as parents or carers if your child or any member of your household shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19).

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) are a recent start of any of the following

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature (feel hot to touch on the chest or back
  • A loss or change in your normal sense of taste or smell

A well child/young person feels 100% well, seems themselves and not displaying any changes in behaviour or their daily routines.   .

An unwell child could be a possible case of COVID19. Other symptoms that have been linked to COVID are vomiting, diarrhoea, sleeping more than usual, agitated, cold, headaches - anything that may indicate they are not feeling themselves.

 

Please DO NOT send your child into school if:

  • They are unwell in any way
  • Anyone in the household is unwell, awaiting testing or their result, or has been tested positive.

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How do I get a test for my child?

See local arrangements for testing below:

A test can also be booked on the NHS website using the link below which provides you options for either a drive-through test, for which you or someone you live with must have a car to get to a regional test site or you can request for a home testing kit for yourself and anyone else you live with who has coronavirus symptoms. There is an identity check for home test kits.

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

Please ensure you inform the school when you have the test result, whether positive or negative.

 

 

 

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What will happen in school if my child is displaying symptoms of Covid-19?

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature at school, we will contact parents immediately for you to collect your child. Pupils will be sent home and advised to book a test.

  • The person should isolate for 10 days, or until the test
  • Members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 days is the time it takes for symptoms to show if you have been infected.

 

School will:

  • isolate the pupil in a room separate from other pupils/staff (where available). We do not have any designated room or area within the school suitable for this other than the Hub (when not in use) or an available classroom if all pupils are not in school.
  • where isolation or social distancing cannot be achieved, school staff must wear the appropriate PPE to reduce the risk of infection.
  • advise parents on best means of having pupil/family tested for the virus

 

NOTE: If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. The rest of the bubble need not be sent home unless the child or adult has a positive test result returned.

 

What happens if a child, young person or staff member at the school tests positive?

Guidance states that:-

Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. Therefore, children/staff in their bubble need to be sent home only if the child/adult has a positive test result.

  • The person should isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until the test
  • Members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 days is the time it takes for symptoms to show if you have been infected.
  • The other household members who live with the contacts in the bubble/class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms

The school will also:

  • report to LA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and inform staff, parents of pupils within associated school ‘bubble’ that they are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • where two or more confirmed cases are identified within fourteen days, or where there is an overall rise in sickness absence where Coronavirus (Covid-19) is suspected, we will work with the local Infection Control Team who will advise if additional action is required

  • Follow LA advice in our communications with staff, pupils and parents in associated bubble and across the school

 

If my child tests positive, do I need to tell people they have been in contact with?

Yes. You need to log onto the NHS Test and Trace portal https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/ and share details of all their close contacts. All close contacts (household, school related or any other close contacts) will receive a letter, a phone call or a text to advise them to self-isolate. Please also ensure that the School Head has been informed.

 

What happens if my child tests negative?

Your child can return to school when they are 48 hours symptom free. Household members can end their isolation straight away following the negative test, unless someone else in the household is waiting for the result of their test.

 

What do I need to do if either myself or my child has been in ‘contact’ with somebody who has tested positive

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 7 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others).

For example, a contact can be:

  • People who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Close personal relationships/partners
  • A person who has had face-to-face contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), including: being coughed on, having a face-to-face conversation within one metre, or having skin-to-skin physical contact, or any contact within one metre for one minute or longer
  • A person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) for more than 15 minutes
  • A person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

In a schools/setting context, all children/staff in the classroom ‘bubble’ will be classed as a close contact and others will be assessed on a case by case basis. If you or your child falls into one of the categories above of a contact, they must self-isolate at home because you are at risk of developing symptoms in the next 14 days and could spread the virus to others before the symptoms begin. If you have concerns for your health, contact your GP or NHS 111 online. In an emergency, contact 999.

 

What happens if somebody in the wider school community tests positive?

If a member of the wider school community (e.g. a parent/carer, a member of our cleaning staff, a governor) tests positive, they should let the school know immediately to identify if the confirmed case attended the setting in the 48 hours before the onset of their symptoms (or the date of the test). No further action is required in the school/setting if the person did not attend during that time when they could have been infectious. Contact tracing will take place with the person testing positive to understand the other types of contact the individual may have had both in school and out of school. 

We would like reiterate ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease and the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • Maintain physical distancing and to stay 2 metres from apart from others (except family members)
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gathering
  • 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
  • Keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth)

Please keep this letter for future reference. We would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to keep your children safe and we thank you in advance for following this advice and guidance.

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Local arrangements for testing:

 

Advice on getting tested (pupils and staff)

https://www.ourrochdale.org.uk/kb5/rochdale/directory/advice.page?id=LDe0t2PQz4E