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 due to a 'bubble break', they will need to isolate at home, and 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
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 :
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:
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:
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.
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.
In schools where students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and students while they are in school.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings and we expect adults and students to be sensitive to those needs.
Face coverings should also be worn by pupils in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary school or college.
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.
Travel in or out of local areas should be avoided, and parents, carers and staff should look to reduce the number of journeys they make - but travelling to deliver and access education is still permitted.
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.
Travelling to and from School
Students are reminded for the need to travel to and from school on the most direct route; they should not arrange to meet groups of friends on their journey to and from school and should not congregate in larger groups during this time. Parents are requested to speak to their children to ensure that students respond effectively. The local policing team has outlined they do have the power to issue fines to families where concerns may arise.
Meeting Others Safely
From 29th March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, are now open, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule ends on 29th March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
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:
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.
- 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.