Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A
1. What should I do if my child or I develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19?
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
If you or your child develops symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known and you are fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours.
If negative, you can end self-isolation;
If positive, you should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. If you have a positive test result, but do not have symptoms, then you should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if you go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
In the event of a medically confirmed positive diagnosis of a pupil please inform the school by emailing Lisa Price at email@example.com
You can seek additional advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
2. What should I do if I live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)?
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- you are fully vaccinated
- you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
- you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and has only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or has not received any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to self-isolate as a household contact of a someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing and someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the stay at home guidance which provides information on this: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
Household members who are not exempt from isolation as close contacts 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.
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.
However, if you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
3. What should I do if I am not required to self-isolate from 16th August?
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
- limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
- wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
- limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable · taking part in regular LFD testing
Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal (provided they do not have symptoms). They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended in school corridors and on school transport, unless exempt.
4. How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk to you and to anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
- vaccinations – everyone aged 18 and over is eligible to choose to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
- Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. You can check if a site is available near you: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/
- The Government are launching a new vaccination programme for those aged 12 – 15 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people Parents will be contacted directly from the NHS on this new service over the coming weeks.
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- 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
- meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
- open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- wear a face covering when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
5. What is the consent needed for the in-school covid tests?
Senior School pupils have been asked to complete a consent form for participation in the in-school lateral flow tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Consent for pupils and students younger than 16 years of age must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Pupils and students over the age of 16 who are able to provide informed consent – can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent/guardian if under the age of 18. For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent – this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Finally, we would like to make you aware that we will process, store and share the data provided in this document with third parties, as detailed in the Kingsley School Bideford COVID 19 Testing Privacy Statement
6. Where can I find the Student Consent Forms for in-school covid tests?
Please click on this link to complete your consent for your child’s in-school covid tests from 8th March: Consent Form
7. What is the latest Government advice and guidance being given directly to schools?
Kingsley is closely monitoring the situation and is following Department for Education, (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) advice and instructions.
8. What should I do if I am concerned that I or a member of my family may have symptoms of the virus?
If anyone within a household is showing COVID-19 symptoms, then do not send your child to school.
Please follow the current government advice here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In the event of a medically confirmed diagnosis please inform the school immediately by emailing Mrs Lisa Price at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. What preventative action is the school taking?
The most up to date Health and Safety document which details all the procedures in place can be found here.
In summary, we have many measures in place across school to help us all keep safe. These measures include:
- Signage is in place across school to promote regular hand washing for 20 seconds.
- Pupils in school are encouraged by their teachers and tutors to wash their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
- Extra sanitiser dispensers have been installed across the school, in classrooms and at the entrances to all buildings.
- Covered bins installed in all classrooms and washrooms to facilitate safe disposal of tissues and paper towels.
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene is encouraged for all pupils by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Contact is minimised between pupils and social distancing is maintained wherever possible.
- Where necessary, pupils and staff are wearing face masks.
- Enhanced daily deep cleaning and disinfection of the boarding houses, classrooms, and all school buildings.
- Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitisation throughout the day for touched surfaces and high traffic areas.
- Staggered lunch service in the school dining room
- Breaktimes, when possible, to be taken outside.
- ‘COVID capacity’ class sizes
- 24-hour medical provision for boarders by boarding staff
10. Who can physically attend school at this time?
The full school, from Nursery to Sixth Form, is open to all pupils and staff who are not showing symptons of COVID-19. All visitors will be expected to take a LFT on the morning of their visit.
11. Is the school offering remote learning?
Where possible, we can transition to Zoom, Firefly and other online learning tools to ensure the continuation of education for pupils who may need to self-isolate.
It is crucial that students have a dedicated workspace at home and that our senior students check Firefly at the start of the day to see if any resources are needed for the lessons that day.
We are adapting and learning all the time. If you have any feedback, please contact Mrs Chrissy Hamilton by email at email@example.com
12. Is the school COVID-19 testing staff and pupils?
There is currently bi-weekly Covid-19 lateral flow testing at Kingsley for all staff and all pupils from Year 7 and above
13. My child is supposed to be sitting public exams this academic year, what is the latest guidance?
Exams expected to take place next year as Government and Ofqual launch consultations on arrangements to mitigate disruption to education. The latest guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/proposals-set-out-for-exams-and-assessments-in-2022
We will of course share directly with parents developments in regard to exam arrangements and criteria and keep you fully informed. However, in the meanwhile, if you have any questions in regards to public exams, please contact Mrs Chrissy Hamilton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Will Parents Evenings go ahead?
Our Parents’ Evenings and Open Day events are all operating remotely at this time.
15. Are school buses running?
The school bus service is fully operational at this time. Pupils will be expected to wear face masks when travelling on school transport, unless they are exempt.
16. For children in school, will meals still be provided?
Yes, our Kingsley Dining service is fully operational.