Pupils must not be sent to school if they have or anyone in their household have any of the following Covid-19 symptoms and parents should follow the PHA guidance:
- High Temperature
- New continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hrs)
- Loss of or change in sense of smell or taste
School must be informed of this.
Parents displaying any of the above symptoms must not enter the school grounds.
As our priority during this pandemic is to keep children and staff safe, we must implement much stricter procedures for managing sickness so if your child feels unwell in any way, please do not send them to school. If a member of staff has any concerns about the health of a child you will be contacted to come and collect them and parents must make arrangements for such eventualities.
If a pupil becomes ill during the school day with Covid-19 Symptoms
- High Temperature
- New continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hrs
- Loss of or change in sense of smell or taste
- Pupils will be sent to the office.
- While we will not be routinely checking pupil temperatures on arrival, with your consent, we will check your child’s temperature. (This has been included on the Pupil Data Capture Form, going out on Day 1)
- Parents will be contacted immediately to come and collect pupil.
- The pupil awaiting collection will be moved to a dedicated room where they can be isolated and supervised by an adult until the parent arrives.
- Other siblings in school will also have to go home.
- Pupils will be brought to the Nursery Play Area Red Gate when the parent arrives. Parents should report to the front door intercom to inform the secretary that you have arrived.
- We will keep a full record of such actions and request parents to record their acknowledgement of this action.
- Please note parents are advised to follow the PHA guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Test, Trace & Protect
- Pupils and staff who exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not attend school. The NI Executive has rolled out a Test and Trace and Protect strategy designed to control the spread of COVID-19 and symptomatic staff are expected to follow the advice and obtain a test for COVID-19.
- Where an individual has had a negative result, it is important to still apply caution. If everyone with symptoms who was tested in their household receive a negative result, the pupil or member of staff can return to work providing they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours.
- Anyone who tests positive will be contacted by the Contact Tracing Service in the Public Health Agency, and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom you have been in direct contact, or been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. Passing in corridors and short periods of contact does not therefore present a significant risk to staff or pupils. All household members should follow PHA isolation guidance which currently requires everyone in the house to stay at home. Isolation guidance will then be provided that is context specific and may result in friendship groups, regular contacts and potentially an entire class or ‘bubble’ being instructed to self-isolate at home.
- The guidance is as follows:
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus or a positive test, you will need to stay at home for at least 10 days;
- if you live with someone who has symptoms or a positive test, you will need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms;
- however, if you develop symptoms during this 14-day period, you will need to self-check in accordance with Test and Trace guidance and stay at home for 10 days from the day your symptoms started (regardless of what day you are on in the original 14-day period);
- 10 days after your symptoms started, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal. You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 10 days, as a cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone;
- if you have symptoms and live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else they can stay for the 14-day isolation period;
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- Enhanced cleaning will be carried out within any classroom in which an individual who has developed COVID-19 has been to minimise risk of the spread of the virus. This will be clearly communicated to staff, parents and pupils to provide assurance that the environment is safe.
- Pupils or members of staff can return to school when they have completed the necessary period of isolation as advised by the Test, Trace and Protect service. This will help contain any potential transmission to those staff/pupils and will also assist in protecting the wider community.
New Stop Covid NI App
We would encourage all parents to sign up to the new Stop Covid NI App and information has been sent to you about
PREVENTING SPREAD OF INFECTION
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
washing your hands often, preferably with soap and water. Only use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
o before leaving home
o on arrival at school
o after using the toilet o after breaks and sporting activities
o before food preparation
o before eating any food, including snacks
o before leaving school
if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol
avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
avoid close contact with people who are unwell
clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, and feel you or they may be at risk, please telephone your GP for advice. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment