Hartismere School

Est. 1451. An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus procedures for families, students and pupils

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

My child has sniffles and a sore throat. What should I do?

As schools return, pupils and students may feel unwell, for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or headache. You may need to keep the pupil off school and seek medical advice through your GP or pharmacist as usual. You do not need to book a test for pupils who are not showing symptoms of coronavirus.

What will happen if a child shows symptoms at school?

The child will be sent to the medical room. They will be told to keep 2 metres away from anyone they pass and not to touch anything. Their teacher will inform the front office staff who will phone home and request the pupil or student is collected. The pupil or student will be isolated until then. Staff will wear suitable PPE when dealing with the pupil.

What will happen if a member of staff shows symptoms at school?

The member of staff will avoid contact with other people and leave the school premises as soon as it is safe to do so. The school has procedures in place if this should happen.

My child has been sent home from school because they were showing symptoms of coronavirus. What should we do now?

  • The pupil should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the day they became ill
  • Parents or carers should book a coronavirus test using the online system: nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Parents or carers should inform the school of the result of the test as soon as it is known.

My child’s coronavirus test was negative. What should I do?

The child can stop self-isolating and return to school if they feel well and no longer have symptoms. Members of the household can stop self-isolating.

My child’s test was positive. What should I do?

Let the school know as soon as the result is known. People in the child’s household should self-isolate for 14 days. The local health protection team will advise the school on each case, but it is likely that pupils or students who had close contact with the pupil or student when they were infectious would be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they were last in close contact. The school will get in contact with families.

What happens if a member of staff tests positive?

Again, the local health protection team will advise the school on each case, but it is likely that pupils or students who had close contact with the member of staff when they were infectious would be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they were last in close contact. The school will get in contact with families.

What happens if my child starts to show symptoms while they are self-isolating?

Parents or carers should book a coronavirus test using the online system: nhs.uk/coronavirus. Even if the result is negative, the advice is that they should continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days. There is more detail about this on the NHS website (link below)

Someone we live with/someone in our ‘support bubble’ has had a positive test. What should we do?

You should consult the information about self-isolation on the NHS website. The advice is to self-isolate for 14 days.

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