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Parents must notify school as soon as possible if their child is absent for any reason.

Please contact the school office either by email or telephone stating the child's full name, year group and reason for absence.

Office staff are legally obliged to contact parents if confirmation of absence has not been received by 9:30am.

January 2022 - Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for Covid-19:

Since Wednesday 22 December 2021, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.

This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Daily testing for close contacts of Covid-19:

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

What to do if your child is unwell or has a suspected case of COVID-19
We have received a number of queries from parents regarding whether a child should come to school if they have a cold.
We fully understand your concerns on making the right decision for the safety of your child and the school community.
We ask that you use your parental judgement as you would normally do for a cold, and follow government guidance by keeping your child at home for any flu-like symptoms or symptoms related to COVID-19.
Coronavirus in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

A useful Symptom Guide can be viewed here.

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