The Westbrook Trust
1 April 2022 (by Oliver Allen (oallen))
Please click this news article for Covid-19 Updates.
UKHSA has published new guidance for the general population on reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace. For schools, the management of COVID 19 will be in line with how other respiratory viruses such as colds and flu are managed. This means that there will not be any restrictions within the setting and testing for COVID 19 is unlikely to be available for outbreaks.
Please see below the key points of the guidance:
- Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.
- It is not recommended that children are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
- If a child has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day, they took the test.
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day, they took the test.
- Children and young people who usually go to school and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
- Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.
Please continue to let your child’s school know about absence through the usual channels.
Further guidance regarding when to self-isoalte can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
The updated NHS COVID-19 symptoms lists can be found here:
Although it will not stop respiratory infections spreading, the school will continue to put in place the following key baseline measures with the aim of interrupting the cycle of infection so that transmission of infection is reduced overall:
- Good respiratory (catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and dispose of as soon as possible) and hand hygiene (washing hands including after using the toilet and before eating)
- Regular cleaning.
- Ventilation and use of outdoor spaces.
- Promoting the take up of vaccination for those eligible.