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Government Updates

This page provides information relating to COVID -19. You will find advice, guidance and some information relating to how we have and are responding as a school. This page is regularly updated however, further information can be obtained by calling the school office. 

Guidance for households with symptoms

The Government introduced guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: The Advice is regularlly chaning. Click here to see the latest Guidance for school. 

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, OR you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
  • Consider alerting people who you do not live with and have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19.
  • Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts
  • After 7 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of COVID-19, then you must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.
  • Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community.
  • If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 7 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period. 
  • If you have symptoms, you should stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you continue to share a household.
  • Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
  • If you develop new COVID-19 symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the same guidance on self-isolation again. 

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new cough where you keep on coughing – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in a day
  • losing or there being a change to your sense of smell or taste

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-3-july-2020

 

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