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.

If you need to confirm a positive case during school hours, you should contact us on 01952 468400 or email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

If you need to report a positive case out of school hours, including during the weekend or school holidays, please email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

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.

If your child is advised not to come into school and isolate at home, work will be uploaded to Show My Homework (Satchel One) for students to complete during this time. If they have any difficulties accessing this, please email ITTechs@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

Full Government guidance on the opening of schools can be found by clicking on: Full Government Guidance

Financial support if you have to take time off work to care for your child while they are self-isolating

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: NHS Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme information

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

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:

During school hours, you should contact us on 01952 468400 or email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk

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 should currently be worn in classrooms and in communal areas at all times, including break and lunchtimes, unless you are eating or drinking, or you are exempt.

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.

Travel

Please see here for updated information on travel:

Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home until they have a negative PCR test, or for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via:

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11th January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and students who have tested (either at home or at school) and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.

This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. People only need to do a confirmatory PCR if they:

  • have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)
  • wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group
  • have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

The 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive LFD or PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 5 days in most circumstances, unless they cannot test for any reason.

This change came into effect in England on Monday 17th January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17th January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

People who do not have symptoms should not request a PCR test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members are advised to check this guidance: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at: NHS Coronavirus Symptoms . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

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.

Do:

  • 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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