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Should you or a member of your family receive a positive test result please telephone the school immediately. If it is the evening or weekend, please telephone on the next school day morning. Thank you.
- There will be no public access to testing aside from private sector testing.
- From 1 April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be three days. This will rely on people accessing paid tests.
- From 1 April, updated guidance will advise people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
- Schools are expected to take these measures -
- Ensuring all eligible groups are enabled and supported to take up the offer of national vaccination programmes including COVID-19 and flu.
- Ensuring occupied spaces are well-ventilated and let fresh air in.
- Reinforcing good hygiene practices such as hand washing and cleaning.
Vaccination offer expands to all children aged 5-11
The COVID-19 vaccination programme, the biggest vaccination effort in the nation’s history, will expand to include all children aged 5-11 in April. Previously only children who were in an at-risk group were eligible for the vaccination.
Parents who would like to have their child receive the vaccination will be able to book vaccination appointments online via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine , or by calling 119, from early April onwards (we believe this will be the 2nd April). Children who are not in an at-risk group will need to wait 12 weeks between their first and second dose.
Children who recently had COVID-19 will need to wait to have the vaccination for 12 weeks after their symptoms started, or 12 weeks after the day of their positive test if they were not symptomatic.
Parents who would like to find out more about the vaccination for children aged 5-11 can find a range of resources via GOV.UK here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-aged-5-to-11-years