This page outlines the actions Thorpe Hall School parents should take if their child/ren or anyone in their household develops coronavirus symptoms, has been tested for coronavirus or is waiting to be tested (including those still waiting for test results), or has been in contact with anyone outside of School that either has symptoms or has tested positive.

If any of the statements below apply to you and you are still unsure of what you should do, please contact the School – but please do not send your child into School – until your query has been answered and your course of action confirmed.

If your child is a pupil at Thorpe Hall School and has any one of the main symptoms which include:

  • high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure their temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You must:

  1. Inform the School straight away and keep your child at home
  2. Get a test to check if your child has coronavirus as soon as possible. (Book a test here) or call 119.
  3. Do not send any siblings to school until the ill child receives a negative test result – only leave your home to have the test.
  4. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when the child started having symptom.
  5. Wait for the test result

 

IF TEST IS POSITIVE IF TEST IS NEGATIVE
If the test is positive, you must inform the School immediately and the pupil must complete the remainder of their 10-day self-isolation.

Anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when your child first started having symptoms.

Return to School after a period of 10-day self-isolation ends

If the test is negative your child will no longer be required to self-isolate and may return to School if they feel well enough.

 

If the test is negative, other household members no longer need to self-isolate.

 

 

If Someone in your household (but not a pupil at Thorpe Hall School) has symptoms of Coronavirus:-

  • Do not send your child(ren) to School and inform the School office as soon as possible.
  • All household members to self-isolate straight away.
  • The household member should get a test.
  • All household members to self-isolate for 14 days or until the person with symptoms has received a negative test result for Coronavirus.

If someone in your household (but not a pupil at Thorpe Hall School) has had a Coronavirus test and is waiting for the results, whether they are symptomatic or not, and for whatever reason they had the test:-

  • Do not send your child(ren) to School and inform the School office as soon as possible.
  • All household members to self-isolate straight away.
  • All household members to self-isolate for 14 days or until the person with symptoms has received a negative test result for Coronavirus.
  • Do not send your child(ren) to School. Inform the School that you are self-isolating.
  • Your whole household must begin self-isolation for 14 days.
  • Your child may return to school after the period of self-isolation has ended. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point for up to 14 days.
  • If during the 14 day period your child develops symptoms, you should get a test and refer to 1. My child is a THS pupil and has symptoms of Coronavirus

Close contact means:

  • having face-to-face contact with someone less than 1 metre away (this will include times where you have worn a face covering or a face mask)
  • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone
  • travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane

Notify the School immediately of knowledge of your child being in close contact with somebody who has tested positive.

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to instruct your child to begin self-isolation in line with medical advice and the law. They may be feeling well and not have any symptoms, but it is still essential for them to follow the advice that they are given. This is because, if they have been infected, they could be infectious to others at any point for up to 14 days. Some people infected with the virus don’t show any symptoms at all and it is therefore crucial to self-isolate to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Current guidance is that if they do not have symptoms, they must not seek a test, as the scientific evidence shows that the test may not be able to detect whether they have the virus.

However, if they go on to develop symptoms, anyone living in the same household as the child must then self-isolate and report their symptoms and get tested.

If a member of your household has been notified that they have been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus, you do not need to self-isolate. You should remain vigilant but only start self-isolation if the member of your household who has been in close contact with a confirmed case develops symptoms, then follow the instructions in 3. Someone in my household has symptoms of Coronavirus (see above).