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Coronavirus - Latest Update

Important guidance for teachers currently working in schools 

Please Remember:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or bac (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for 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)
• a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with Coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
• Stay at home (self-isolate for 10 days) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
• Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.

Minimising the spread of Coronavirus in school

Pupils, staff and other adults should not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the previous 10 days, and anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is to be sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

As an agency worker you must ensure you understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact your local Public Health England health protection team. You must be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if you are displaying symptoms. You must not come into the school if you have symptoms and will be sent home to self-isolate if you develop them in the workplace. 
  • you must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to the NHS Test and Trace team
  • self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the Internet. An essential worker, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, has priority access to testing.

Please find below the latest information and links regarding Coronavirus, in particular:

Testing Guidance Issued by the NHS

An important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, please follow these principles:

You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

You do not need a test if you have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.

If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.

No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

Hygiene

Hygiene is still extremely important - the current guidance is to:

  • 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
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

If you are currently working and are unable to work, please call The Staff Room office on 01604 521055 as soon as possible to report your absence and explain the reasons why you are unable to work. 

If you are currently working or booked in to work and we become aware of an outbreak at the school we will notify you as soon as possible.

Please ensure you adhere to the specific hygiene protocol's implemented by individual school sites.

For further information and when to seek medical assistance please click here: NHS UK

We will be updating our advice as the situation develops, so please regularly check this page for new information.

Many thanks

The Staff Room Team
 

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