PROCEDURE FOR SUSPECTED COVID-19 CASES
17 March 2020 (by admin)
It is very important, in the current climate, to keep you informed of what needs to be in place to keep everyone safe.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your support since the children have returned to school on a full-time basis.
It is very important, in the current climate, to keep you informed of what needs to be in place to keep everyone safe. We will continue to review our processes and procedures in the coming days and weeks, in line with Government guidance and information from Manchester Local Authority. Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds continues to be imperative, as does wiping down surfaces and maintaining social distance, particularly between adults.
Coronavirus cases are increasing across Manchester. Therefore, if you think you or your child, or any member of your household has symptoms of the virus you must stay at home and book a test.
Symptoms of the virus are:
- High temperature
- A new continuous cough
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
If a child develops any of these symptoms whilst in school they will be moved to an isolation area until you collect them and arrange for a test to be taken. The child will need to self-isolate for 10 days and members of their household must self-isolate for 14 days.
The parents of children in their year group bubble will receive a letter informing them of a suspected case. At this point, other parents do not need to take any action as Department for Education guidance says that all other children should continue to attend school.
- If the test result is negative and the child is no longer displaying symptoms, they can return to school.
- If the test result is negative but the child is still displaying symptoms they must continue to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
- If the test is positive, school will work in partnership with the Greater Manchester Contact Tracing Hub and Public Health England and contact parents accordingly.
In the event of a positive case in school, this will involve sending those who have been in close contact with the confirmed case home to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with Government guidance.
We want to keep this risk of suspected and confirmed cases to an absolute minimum and therefore please continue to observe social distancing, hand washing and hygiene routines.
Attached below is quick guide for parents and carers