CORONA VIRUS - Updates and Information
For the latest information relating to Corona Virus, please visit the Government website and World Health Organisation.
For any urgent queries regarding Corona Virus, you can contact the Department of Education Helpline using the contact information provided below. This is for Staff members and Parents.
Department for Education Helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
you think you might have coronavirus
in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see travelling advice
you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
What are Covid 19 Symptons?
The main SYMPTOMS OF Covid-19 are:
- A new continuous cough and/or
- Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher)
- Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia)
What is the mode of transmission?
Covid-19 is passed from person to person mainly by large respiratory droplets and direct contact (close unprotected contact, usually less than one metre). These droplets can be directly inhaled by the person or can land on surfaces which another person may touch which can lead to infection if they then touch their nose, mouth or eyes.
When is a person infectious?
A person is thought to be infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear, and up to seven days after they start displaying symptoms.
Are pupils at risk of infection?
Pupils of all ages can catch the infection, but pupils make up a very small proportion of Covid-19 cases with about 1% of confirmed cases in England aged under 19 years. Pupils also have a much lower risk of developing symptoms or severe disease.
If setting has been notified of symptomatic pupil/staff member, should the rest of the class/bubble be excluded?
No, the class/bubble should continue to attend the education setting as normal. The symptomatic case should stay at home and follow the stay at home guidance: the staff member/pupil’s parents encouraged to get tested. Any siblings of the pupil attending the setting/staff’s household member should self-isolate for 14 days.
Should a pupil/staff member come to School if a member of their household is unwell?
No. If a member of the pupil’s/staff member’s household is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms then the pupil/staff member should isolate for 14 days starting from the day of the household member(s) became ill. If the pupil subsequently develops symptoms then they should isolate for 10 days from the date.
Can the siblings of a pupil who is self-isolating because they are a contact of a case attend the education?
Yes, other household members of the contact do not need to self-isolate unless the pupil, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
If a pupil has Covid-19 symptoms, get tested and tests negative, can they return to the education setting even if they still have symptoms?
If the pupil is NOT a known contact of a confirmed case the pupil can return to the education if the result is negative, provided they feel well, and they have not had a fever for 48 hours.
Should close contacts of a positive case get tested?
No, they are not required to get tested unless they develop symptoms during the 14 days of isolation.