COVD-19 UPADTE – 17th September 2020
We have put in place a range of protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission. We will also be engaging fully with the NHS Test & Trace process, and will work closely with the local Health Protection Team of Public Health England to ensure that any confirmed cases are reported without delay.
Frequently asked questions:
When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:
- follow social distancing rules
- limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time
- meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation
Limits on the number of people you can see socially are changing. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.
From 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
Further details can be found here – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing) and here – Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
2.5 Can I share a private vehicle with someone from another household?
You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, try to:
- share the transport with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people of up to 6 people at any one time (this limit of 6 people will apply and have legal force from 14 September).
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- face away from each other
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- make sure the driver and passengers wear a face covering
You will find details below of what to expect if the school is notified of a possible or confirmed case of coronavirus in school.
Where there is a possible case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of coronavirus, the individual concerned will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 10 days. Members of the symptomatic person’s household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Please refer to this guidance for more information – Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
If your child is sent home with suspected symptoms we will ask you to arrange a test at your earliest convenience and to share the results with the school – Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
The parents of other children within the year group bubble will be notified of this situation; however, the individual will not be named and personally identifiable information will not be included. All other children within the bubble will be able to continue to attend school as normal whilst the test is carried out and until the result is known.
Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus, the individual concerned will be asked to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
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 the household or support bubble should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result.
Copthill School will work with the Health Protection Team of Public Health England to carry out a risk assessment to determine who else, if anyone, also needs to isolate.
The parents of other children within the bubble will be sent a letter to notify them of this situation, and will be advised of any additional measures which are required. Again, the individual will not be named and personally identifiable information will not be included.
If we do have to ask more children or staff to self-isolate, it will not be necessary for their other household members to do so unless symptoms develop within the household.
What you can do
If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-
- A high temperature
- A new and persistent cough
- A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Travelling outside the UK
If you travel outside the UK, please refer to this guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors – GOV.UK The list of countries and territories from which you will need to self-isolate on your return is updated frequently so please bear this in mind. If your children do not travel with you, they will not have to self-isolate but you will not be able to visit our school premises should you be self-isolating.
In accordance with government guidance, you should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. The guidance explains that, if you need to do this, you should try to share the transport with the same people each time and keep to small groups of people at any one time.
Although we all long for a return to normal, please always keep in mind the government’s guidance on meeting people from outside your household – Meeting people from outside your household – GOV.UK
It is important to remember that we all bear a responsibility to everyone in our school community through our personal choices and decisions. I fully understand that these are difficult times for everyone but, together, we can all help to keep our community as safe as possible.
Jonathan Teesdale and Helen Schofield