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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Guidance

Do not leave home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

 

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms 

COVID-19 Testing

 

There are 2 main types of tests currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19:

  • polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) – for those displaying symptoms (symptomatic)
  • lateral flow device test (LFT) – for those who are not displaying symptoms (asymptomatic)

The LFT is part of the Government’s rapid asymptomatic testing programme and on advice from Public Health England (PHE), pupils in primary schools are not included in this programme.

 

However all adults in the UK can access these tests free of charge using this link.

 

It is advised that primary-aged pupils should only be tested if they are symptomatic, i.e. they have any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms. In which case their families should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and book a PCR test for the child.

 

Should a child develop any one of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough,
  • a high temperature,
  • loss of taste and/or smell,

they, and the rest of the family, should self-isolate and the child presenting symptoms should be tested using a PCR test.

 

A LFT is not to be used in this instance. 

Do not send siblings into school.

 

In the majority of cases, the result is negative and children return to school within a few days. Home learning resources can be found further down this page for children to access during self-isolation, if they feel well enough to do so.

 

It would be appreciated if parents would share the results of the PCR test via email to admin@st-marks.bromley.sch.uk (this is monitored over the weekend) as sight of a negative test result will enable your child to return to school and your family to end self-isolation.

 

However:

  • Please do not send your child into school without first receiving confirmation that it is OK to do so.
  • If no email confirmation is received from the school, please telephone the school office before your child returns.
  • If teachers have not been advised in advance of a negative result, your child will be removed from the classroom and sent to a temporary isolation room.  Parents will then be contacted to provide evidence of a negative test result.
  • A negative LFT result will not be accepted.
Self-Isolation

How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.

 

Don’t

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

 

Guidance on self-isolation. Source: NHS

Quarantine

From 15 February 2021

 

If you arrive in England from a country on the travel ban list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. Before you travel, you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and 2 COVID-19 tests to take during your stay.

If you’re coming from a country not on the banned travel list, you’ll need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and book 2 COVID-19 tests.

 

You must follow the national lockdown rules.

 

Further information can be found using the links below.

If you plan to travel during school holidays, please keep up-to-date with Government travel advice.  If you have booked a foreign holiday in advance, which might now require you to quarantine for a period we would ask that families make every effort to amend their arrangements to ensure that students are available to attend as much school as possible.

Useful Information

COVID WINTER FUND

Support is available for Bromley residents who have suffered financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to apply for this support, the self-referral form below will need to be completed and submitted to BCWG@bromley.gov.uk for processing.

Translation of guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

The guidance is available in the following languages:

 

Source: GOV.UK

The Aquinas Trust and the Academy comply with Government guidance as reflected in the addendum to the Trust Safeguarding Policy (the Addendum), which is found on the ‘Policies’ page of the Aquinas website www.aquinastrust.org

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