Both documents are subject to change in line with updated DfE and PHE guidance.
Guidance regarding self-isolation following contact with an individual who has tested positive has changed. View our handy flowchart to see how the changes may impact you and your family:
Guidance for schools was updated on 27th August 2021 and parent information on the changes can be found using the following link:
How can I prevent the spread of infection?
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent the spread of infection.
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- If someone in your household presents with the symptoms of the virus you will need to self isolate for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- maintain social distancing of at least 1m+ - 2m where possible at all times.
- wear a face covering when entering shops and using public transport (adults and children over the age of 11)
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 119 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
All of the above points are followed within school.
If your child or a member of your household becomes unwell:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- Call NHS 119 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible
- Follow the home isolation advice sheet
What are the symptoms of the virus?
- new, persistent cough - this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change to sense of taste or smell - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
- a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
Experience would also suggest that children do not always present with the key symptoms listed above. Pupils at Belmont who have tested positive have often had a sore throat, headache, lathergy, temperature, upset stomach and nausea. We would always advise that a PCR is undertaken if you believe your child may have the virus.
If your child develops any of these symptoms:
- they must not come to school and should stay at home. We would always advise that you book a test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by diallling 119.
- you should access a test within 2 days of onset of your child's symptoms
- if you are unable to book a test slot your child must continue to self isolate for a period of 10 days and continue to try and secure a test slot. There are on going difficulties with the testing system but new tests are released regularly throughout the day.
- other members of your household should also self isolate for a period of 10 days or until you have received a negative test result.
Self-Isolation if I come into contact with a positive individual
The guidance was updated as of 16th August which means that if your child is identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive they are not required to self-isolate. You would be advised to seek a PCR for your child as soon as possible. Your child can continue to attend school as usual whilst awaiting the result of a PCR if they do not present with symptoms.
Individuals who have been double vaccinated, are participating in a COVID trial or are exempt from vaccination, do not need to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive individual. They should also seek a PCR test and continue as usual unless a positive result is received or symptoms present.
If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact The School Office.
Your child may come to school and will not be sent home with one of the following:
- a blocked or runny nose
- a sore throat
- a headache
Should you have any questions relating to the virus the DFE has launched a helpline to help answer these. Students, parents, carers and staff can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Government Letters and Updates
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 04.01.2021
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 06.01.2021
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 11.01.2021
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 13.01.2021
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 04.02.2021
- Government Advice and Helpline update - 22.02.2021