Covid Information for Parents and Students

We are extremely grateful for everyone’s support in working together throughout the Covid pandemic. Since the start of the school year, we have been working hard to ensure that all of our control measures are secure and students are supported in a safe learning environment. Please click on: Idsall Risk Assessment for more information. We will ensure a response at the earliest opportunity. In addition, for all Covid-related questions or concerns, please email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk and we will respond accordingly. In school, we constantly promote the NHS key message and would ask all families to raise awareness with their child and make sure they arrive to school with an appropriate face covering.

Full Government guidance on the opening of schools can be found by clicking on : If you are on a low income and you need to take time off work to care for your child while they are self-isolating, you may be eligible for financial support from your local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. For more information about this, please click this link:

COVID-19 testing for staff and students

You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’. Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing, we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but everyone is encouraged to take it. We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

Home testing kits

The government has advised that after the first three tests at school, which have now been completed, student testing will be carried out using home testing kits. Please see the letter dated 12th March at the bottom of this page for more information. Testing kits will be provided for all consented students and staff free of charge. You only need to report the result to the school if it is positive or void (invalid). Please do this in the usual way as follows: Out of school hours, including during the weekend or school holidays, please email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk and we will try to answer you as soon as possible.

Testing issues

If there is an error made while you are reporting, please let us know. Take a photo of the lateral flow device with the barcode visible and send it to the Covid Support email address. You will also need to notify Public Health by ringing 119 so that they can change the result.

Face Coverings

In schools where students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings are no longer compulsory for students in school. Adults are advised to wear them in communal areas. Face coverings are still compulsory in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary school or college.

Transport

Children and young people aged 11 and over must wear a face covering on public transport. Face coverings should also be worn by pupils in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to those who are exempt. Staff, children and their parents and carers are encouraged to walk or cycle when travelling to and from school where this is possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow social distancing to be practised.

Meeting Others Safely

Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible). A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2 metres apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms. You can read the more information here on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England.

Travel

There are no longer any restrictions on leaving England to travel internationally; however, to protect public health in the UK and the vaccine roll out, you should not travel to countries or territories on the red or amber lists. If you travel to one of these countries or territories, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. You should do this even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

The latest public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 states: 

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test, pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine). If anyone in your school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should send them home and they should follow public health advice. For everyone with symptoms, they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household. 

Confirmatory PCR tests Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. 

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

How to Stop COVID-19 Spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

  • 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.

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