Testing and Vaccination Sites
What do I do if my child or a member of my household have symptoms of Covid-19?
- Please do not send your child to school if they display symptoms of Covid.
- Anyone that develops Covid symptoms, must self-isolate and the positive person must immediately arrange a confirmatory PCR test.
- If the confirmatory test is negative they can end their isolation (unless they have developed symptoms or been instructed to self-isolate by Test and Trace for other reasons).
- If the confirmatory PCR test is positive, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date their symptoms began. Anyone that has a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test must self-isolate and the positive person must arrange a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hrs.
- If the confirmatory PCR test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they can end their isolation ?
- If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the LFD), they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of the LFD test.
- Anyone, irrespective of their age or vaccination status will be required to self-isolate for 10 days following a positive PCR test.
What happens to my child if s/he displays Coronavirus symptoms in school?
- We will follow our usual practice and phone you.
- If your child displays Covid-19 symptoms we will keep them in isolation with our welfare officer until collected.
- Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home, reminded to self-isolate for 10 days and instructed to arrange a PCR test online through the NHS website to see if they have COVID-19 and to follow GOV.UK Stay at Home guidance.
- Staff dealing with an unwell child will wear PPE.
- The school will have a limited number of home testing kits available to hand out. It will be essential that you take the test and inform school of the outcome.
- They are fully vaccinated
- They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months. Should the test be positive, your household will need to isolate and follow procedures for Test and Trace. In school, we will contact Public Health England immediately and follow their procedures. We will of course inform parents of the situation and next steps as soon as possible.
As a school we are no longer expected to conduct routine contact tracing if a child tests positive. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents and carers of the positive case to identify close contacts. However, I think schools will still be asked by Test and Trace to identify close contacts quickly, especially if we have more than one case. Please continue to contact us immediately if your child tests positive.
Close contacts will be identified as those most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.
Children and staff will not be required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 if any of the following apply:
Instead, everyone will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
Fully vaccinated staff, and children under the age of 18, who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal while waiting for the results of a PCR test.
How will we make the school Covid safe with fewer preventative measures?
- We will retain our one way system around school
- Ensure good ventilation –windows will be open in all classrooms and halls. Carbon dioxide monitors will be installed in school so we can quickly identify where ventilation may need to be improved.
- All staff will continue to test twice weekly (Sun/Wed)
- Staff will be encouraged to wear face coverings in crowded communal areas
- There will be a focus on rigorous hand and respiratory hygiene
- Stagger the start and the end of the day to prevent too much mixing
- Regularly clean the setting including the frequently touched areas and cleaners will spray classrooms and communal areas with a disinfectant mist twice a week at the end of the school day.
- Use PPE such as gloves, aprons, masks, hand sanitiser when administering first aid
- Confine resources to classes
- Be vigilant in identifying children with symptoms, isolate them and ask parents to collect them.
Start and end of the school day:
There will be a soft start for all year groups apart from Reception and Year 1.
- Children will be dropped off quickly outside the gates in the morning but parents will be able to come into a zoned area in the school playground for pick up. After you have dropped off or picked up your child we kindly ask that you leave promptly. This will help ease congestion on the streets outside school and help with keeping us all safe. At the end of the day parents and children will enter and exit through both the main gates and Dolman Road. Reception and Year 1 parents will be able to come into the playground in the mornings through the side gate and wait until children have been collected by class teachers.
Please see the new times below:
Soft starts for Years 2-6
Home time- Dolman Road or main gates
Years 4-6 double gate
Years 2-3 double gate
Reception and Year 1through the side gate to enter playground to wait to be collected by teachers
What will my child need?
- All equipment needed for the children’s work such as pencils, rubbers etc. will be given to the children in a clear pencil case to limit movement around the class.
- We ask children to limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, hats, coats and mobile phone (Year 6). Children will be allowed to bring in a school bag and Year 6 will be asked to keep their mobile phones in their bags instead of handing them in.
- Children must return to school in their Belmont uniform but will be allowed to come to school in their PE uniform on PE days to avoid changing in school. A pair of blue tracksuit bottoms/leggings and school sweatshirt can be worn over PE kits. You will be informed of your child’s PE days at the beginning of term.
- It is essential that each child brings in at least one full water bottle with them each morning.
Washing hands will continue to be very important! Please watch the video with your child on how to wash hands carefully.
Colds and Covid - the difference between them
Will there be Home Learning during partial or full closure?
Google classrooms will be set up from the beginning of term so that remote learning can be quickly accessed in the event of a pupil having to isolate. Please refer to our school website for our remote learning offer. From September, Google Classroom will also be used by teachers to set home learning.
Returning from abroad
If you have recently returned to the UK from abroad please follow the current travel guidance on testing and quarantine for red/amber and green countries.