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Covid

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 pandemic, 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 isolating 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

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.

Testing in school

The government has advised that students should have two tests in school when they return in September 2021. After these have been completed, student testing will be carried out using home testing kits until the end of September.  Please see the letter dated 12th March at the bottom of this page for more information about the testing procedures.

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 are no longer compulsory for students in school. Adults are advised to wear them in busy 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.

Meeting Others Safely

Gathering limits have been eased. 

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.

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

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home 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.

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

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family.  Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. Please click on this link for more information: 

PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance

From 16th August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts.

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.