Coronavirus: COVID-19 Parent Update and Government Guidance


Upcoming events:

Adhering to the latest government advice, all upcoming trips and events have been cancelled.

If your child should have been going on one of these trips, please do not contact the academy, further information will follow.

We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions as guidance for students and parents:

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is feeling unwell and you think they may be exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus, which include: a high temperature, new continuous cough, and loss or change of taste or sense of smell; then they should not come into the Academy. If your child or anyone in their household develop any of these symptoms then the household must self-isolate at home and arrange for a COVID test for those with symptoms. You can book a test by phoning 119 or going online. Click here. Everyone in the household must isolate until the results come back.

If the test is negative: inform the Academy of the result. Your child can return to the Academy as soon as they are feeling well enough.

If the test comes back positive: everyone in the household must isolate for 10 days. (if they has symptoms the 10 days starts from when the symptoms started. If they had no symptoms at the time of the test, then 10 days starts from when the test was taken)

Whilst you are isolating only call the NHS 111 advice line if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not improve after 7 days. More information can be found at the NHS online service, here.

What should I do if my child is referred for testing, or told to self-isolate?

Please contact the academy via the main reception, who are monitoring the situation. They can be contacted on 01782 234460. Our team will be keeping a central log of any information provided to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

What should I do if my child tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Please advise the Academy via the main reception, who are keeping a central log of any information provided, to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

What should I do if my child comes in to close contact with someone who tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), who is not in the same household?

Your child, and anyone else in the household who had contact with this person, should self-isolate for 10 days. Please advise the Academy via the main reception, who are keeping a central log of any information provided, to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England. Their symptoms should be monitored during this time and testing should be done if they develop any of the symptoms listed above. Please update the Academy should this be required.

What should I do if I come in to contact with someone who tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), but my child had no contact with this person?

If you come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus, but your child had no contact with this person, then only you need to self-isolate. Your child can continue coming to the Academy. If you develop any Coronavirus symptoms, then you will need to follow the guidelines regarding self-isolation should someone in the household develop symptoms. 

What should I do if my child has been in contact with a relative or friend who has returned from a trip abroad?

The current advice is to monitor for symptoms, and if they start to exhibit symptoms of Coronavirus, they should follow the self-isolation advice. If you are concerned, you are advised to call the NHS 111 advice line or visit the online 111 service here. Please refer to the guidance above if you are referred for testing or told to self-isolate.

What will happen if the Academy has to close?

Should Public Health England or the Department for Education tell us to close, we will publish information using the following communication channels:

  • Academy Website
  • Academy Facebook page
  • Class Dojo

Will overseas trips and visits continue as planned?

Schools and colleges are being advised against all overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. This is one of the latest measures announced as part of the Government’s coronavirus response. If your child is currently signed up to an overseas trip, we will contact you directly to discuss this further.

Parents should be aware that guidance on foreign travel is under frequent review and therefore we are regularly reviewing Foreign Office travel advice. This is a constantly evolving situation, so should the status of any overseas trip change, we will contact affected groups directly.

General guidance for students and parents

If your child has any concerns about their school work or an upcoming trip or visit, please ask them to talk to their class teacher, form teacher, head of year, or year tutor.

Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your child.

Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England guidance here.

If you have any further concerns, please contact our main reception on 01782 234460

We understand that this is an uncertain time, but please be assured that we will be doing everything possible to keep you well informed.

Good hygiene guidance

Public Health England recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See the hand washing guidance video above.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.