Covid Protocols - Thorpe Hall School

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Covid Protocols

This page outlines information for parents about Thorpe Hall School’s response to Covid-19 and the current government legislation and guidelines. It also provides links to other useful references and resources.

Evidence currently shows that schools are safe and the risk posed to children by Covid is small.

Attendance is mandatory for pupils of compulsory school age. This includes children who were previously shielding due to being clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV). Pupils who live with someone who is CEV should continue to attend school as normal.

The only exception to this is a small number of children whose clinician or GP has advised them not to attend.

All students in Year 7 and older must wear a mask at all times indoors. This includes in all classroom venues. No senior student can enter the school buildings without wearing a mask, and to ensure that all students have their masks with them they will be required to put these on as they enter the main student entrance gate on their arrival to school. Those with exemptions will need to wear their exemption lanyard and those without masks will need to enter via the reception office once they have a mask on. We encourage students to have extra masks with them in case theirs breaks or falls off.  

All parents must wear a mask if they want to enter the school site, indoors or outdoors.  

There is no requirements for Pupils in the Prep School or Nursery to wear masks. 

All Senior School students are required to do a Lateral Flow Test at least twice a week, on a Sunday evening or Monday morning and then on a Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Students must test even if they have no symptoms.

We strongly advise (although it is not mandatory) that all students, even Prep/younger students, test. We have many multiple sibling families and this will help keep our community safe. Home testing kits are supplied to parents of Senior School pupils to conduct tests at home.  

All staff are required to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests. 

Please see an outline below of what to do if your child or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19, or has tested positive. 

 

If your child gets a positive lateral flow test result, you do not need to confirm the result with a PCR test.  

  • do not send them into school 
  • inform school as soon as possible 
  • report their rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK as soon as possible 
  • the child should self-isolate straight away  

Further information can be found here:  

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/test-results/positive-test-result/ 

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This is the case whether your positive result was from a Lateral Flow Test or a PCR test. 

If you get symptoms while you’re self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started. 

You can stop self-isolating and return to school after 5 full days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 5 and 6 of your self-isolation period and: 

  • both tests are negative 
  • you did both tests at least 24 hours apart 
  • you do not have a high temperature 

 If you do a rapid lateral flow test on day 6 and test positive, wait 24 hours before you do the next test. 

You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if either: 

  • you do not have any symptoms 
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. 

When to keep self-isolating after 10 days: If you have a high temperature after the 10 days, or are feeling unwell, keep self-isolating and seek medical advice. 

More information can be found here: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/ 

Children under 18 years old are not required to self-isolate if a household member tests positive, unless they themselves have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time. Children aged between 5 and 18 must do daily lateral flow tests (1 a day for 7 days) to protect themselves and others from COVID 19.  

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result.  

More information can be found here: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/ 

 

Any child with any symptoms must stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of the symptoms and they need to do a Lateral Flow test every day until they no longer have symptoms.  

If any child presents any symptoms at school, we will ask parents to collect them from school.  

Symptoms are: 

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

Further information is available HERE:  

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 

 

No. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace, and schools are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.

As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case and/or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.

This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. You may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.