Coronavirus (Covid19) Updates for Parents
In light of the national situation regarding Coronavirus, we continue to monitor the updates and advice from the Department for Education, Department of Health, Public Health England (PHE), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The health and wellbeing of all our students and staff is of paramount importance to us and we understand that information on social media can be concerning. Therefore, please continue to check for regular and reliable updates directly from the school on this matter. Please refer to this page for the latest information, including useful links with advice and guidance relating to Coronavirus.
Testing – Consent and Registering Results
All members of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school or college, can now access twice-weekly tests:
- through your employer if they offer testing to employees
- at a local test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online here Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their schools or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is intended to ensure that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all the criteria that:
- they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
- they are employed or self-employed.
- they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result.
- they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment.
That their child:
- is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
- has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.
Parents will receive a personalised letter if their child is required to self-isolate which they can use as evidence to access the funding.
- If your child is not able to attend school for any reason, please contact the school in the normal way by emailing email@example.com or by calling the main school number (Tel: 01392 204082) before the start of the school day. If a child does not attend school and no contact has been received from parents, we will call home to clarify the reason for their absence in the usual way. It is really important that an accurate record of the reasons for absence is kept so please provide as much detail as possible.
- We appreciate that these are exceptional times and each case of prolonged non-attendance will be treated individually, within parameters set by, and in consultation with, the Local Authority.
- Students must remain at home if they or a member of their household has covid-19 type symptoms.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
· A high temperature
· OR new, continuous cough (usually dry, with no mucus or phlegm produced)
· OR loss or change to sense of smell or taste
- If a child develops Covid-19 type symptoms whilst in school, they will be taken to a designated isolation room and we will call parents/carers to request that the child is collected. In line with government guidance, the student will be advised to take a PCR test before returning to school.
- Any students presenting with Covid-19 systems, at home or at school, will be required to book a test without delay. The school must be informed of the outcome of the test on receipt. In the event that the test is negative, the student will be able to return to school, if they are well enough to do so.
A reminder of key contact points:
COVID19 or reporting self-isolation
Free School Meals
General school enquiries
Covid19 – Safeguarding Policy