Safety matters in the GFM. As an organisation we pay close attention to regularly checking the NHS and Government sites to ensure we are up to date with our procedures and protocols. We have shared the risk assessments for each of our sites and these are being constantly monitored and reviewed.
- Before sending your child to school please check that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms: high temperature, a new and persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.
- If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they will self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. In this instance we recommend you contact 111 for advice.
- If your child has tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, please restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
- If your child tests negative,please contact the school office to discuss your child’s return to school.
- If your child tests negative but is unwell, they are not to return to the setting until they are recovered.
- On arrival at school please ensure your child enters and exit the school, adhering to current school protocols e.g. one way system, specific entrances and staggered timings – see below.
GFM schools ask that any pupil, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days. We also ensure anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of COVID-19.
Pupils, staff and other adults should also not attend if they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent 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 guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
NHS Test and Trace Information
The information below is from a letter provided by Public Health England.
One 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:
- 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
- a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three
or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- 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
▪ Your child does not need a test if they 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.
▪ 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.
The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful.
It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.