Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Procedure at BGPS – September2021
As you are aware, our process in managing positive cases of Covid-19 has changed because restrictions have lifted, and responsibility for contact tracing has passed from schools back to NHS Test and Trace. Within this letter, you will find clarification of what to expect if we are notified of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 at BGPS.
Where there is a possible case of coronavirus at BGPS
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of COVID-19, the individual concerned will be sent home. They will be asked to arrange a PCR test and to share the results with us.
Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at BGPS
If a child or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked not to attend the school for at least 10 full days from the day after their symptoms appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date that the PCR test was taken.
Contact tracing will no longer be done by us, as it has been taken from schools by the government and will now only be carried out by NHS Test and Trace.
Our approach to isolation has needed to change too, as legally contacts who are double vaccinated * and under 18s are no longer required to self-isolate if they have been in contact with a positive case, even if that positive case is a member of their own household.
(They will however be advised to take a PCR test, and anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, even if they have been vaccinated. Children under five don’t routinely test but may be requested to take a PCR test if they are a household contact and this will be informed by NHS Test and Trace. Unvaccinated close contacts aged 18 and over should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result.)
As the school is no longer involved in contact tracing, if there is a positive case at BGPS, NHS contact tracers will work with that case (and their parents if that is a child) to identify who else (if anyone) needs to isolate and/or take a PCR test. NHS Test and Trace will then contact those individuals or their parents directly.
BGPS will not be informing parents of possible cases. We will inform parents if there is a confirmed positive case in the school (without identifying individuals), but this should not result in any child being kept at home unless directed to by NHS Test and Trace.
Public Health, the LA and the DfE are clear in their messaging that children are very unlikely to be seriously ill, and should be in school unless they themselves have COVID or its symptoms. The adults who work/volunteer in school and are double vaccinated* are also expected to be in school delivering the children’s education unless they themselves have COVID or its symptoms.
BGPS will be monitoring the case rate in school, and we will work with the LA and Public Health to decide when and if to impose protective measures like those we had in place last academic year.
What you can do
If your child develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately, keep your child at home and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119. Their siblings should continue to attend school.
- A higher than normal temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- A loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
If your child’s PCR test is negative, they can return to school as soon as they are feeling well. If they still feel unwell after a negative test they should stay at home until they feel better. If they have been sick, or had a high temperature or diarrhoea, they must not return to school for at least 48 hours after symptoms last showed.
It would be also be useful for us to know if a member of your household has tested positive, so that we can keep an eye on your child and look out for the development of any symptoms at school. This is not information that we would share with the wider school community.
Thank you once again for all you are doing to keep BGPS safe.
* A double vaccinated person must have had their second vaccine at least two weeks prior to coming into contact with the positive case.
Support for Parents
The NSPCC has a good range of advice and support for parents and carers who are worried about the impact of the coronavirus on their families.
Gingerbread has advice and information for single parents, including helplines for parents to use.