Our school attendance officer is Linda Philpot.
If you need to contact us regarding a child's attendance, to report an absence, or for any other general attendance queries please contact her directly:
Tel: 0115 9175959
In line with government guidelines and due to increased protective measures in school surrounding good health and hygeine, we have put the following rules in place:
Students MUST NOT attend school if:
- They are unwell with a temperature, new continuous cough, headache, sore throat, sickness and / or diarrhoea or extreme tiredness, or have suddenly lost their sense of smell or taste (unless their symptoms are consistent with an ongoing medical condition such as hay fever and it has been agreed with our Attendance Officer that they should attend school)
- Someone in the household or bubble has COVID-19 symptoms (and has not received a negative test result)
- They have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days (within 2 days of the person developing symptoms or testing positive)
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 and symptoms started in the last 10 days or are ongoing, or the test was in the last 10 days if they have no symptoms
- They have been asked to self-isolate by the Test and Trace service
- They have returned from abroad and are required to quarantine
- There is any other reason to suspect they may have COVID-19 and they have not yet received a negative test result
Students must immediately cease to attend and not attend for at least 10 days from the day after:
- the start of their symptoms (unless they receive a negative PCR test result)
- the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive test (unless they receive a negative PCR test result)
- A household or bubble member or close contact develops symptoms and / or has a positive test result
If your child has a temperature, cough, or loss of smell / taste, you must follow government guidance:
- Your child must not return to school until they feel better and have either had a negative PCR test result or 10 days has passed since they developed the symptoms (even if they have had a negative LFD test)
- the whole household must self-isolate for 10 days or until your child receives a negative test result
- your child and anyone else in the household with symptoms should have a PCR test as soon as possible (people with no symptoms should not have a test)
- follow this guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
If your child has a headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, sickness or extreme tiredness they must not attend school until they feel better (even if they have had a negative LFD test). This is a school rule and there is no requirement to follow the government Stay at Home guidance. Other household members do not need to stay at home. Please monitor their health carefully. They should take an LFD test every 3 days. Try to arrange a PCR test if you are concerned that they may have COVID-19. Students must not attend school for 48 hours after they recover from sickness / diarrhoea.
If anyone in the household / bubble receives a positive LFD test result (even if they have no symptoms) the whole household / bubble must self-isolate and a PCR test should be booked for anyone who has tested positive or developed symptoms. People may leave the house to travel to a test centre and this is the quickest way to get a PCR test result.
If anyone in the household / bubble receives a positive PCR test result (even if they have no symptoms) the whole household must self-isolate for 10 days. If during the 10 days anyone develops symptoms or tests positive, they must start their 10 days of self-isolation again.
If someone else in the household / bubble has a temperature, cough, or loss of smell / taste or is awaiting a PCR test result
Everyone in the household must self-isolate for 10 days or until the person receives a negative PCR test result, in line with government guidance (even if they have had a negative LFD test) and students MUST NOT attend school. If anyone else in the household develops symptoms they must self-isolate for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result. Your child must not return to school until anyone with symptoms has received a negative test result, or your child has self-isolated for 10 days.
If your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the person developing symptoms or testing positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If they develop COVID symptoms during the 10 days they should start 10 days of self-isolation and have a PCR test. (This is government guidance and applies to everyone).
Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital, unless advised to.
Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate, but they may leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm, or to have a PCR test.
If a member of the household starts to display symptoms while self-isolating they will need to restart the 10-day isolation period and book a test.
If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.
We will not follow our usual attendance processes for any absences related to COVID-19 including all of the scenarios described above.
If your child, or anyone else in the household has had a COVID-19 test, please make us aware of the test date and result. This will be treated as confidential information. Positive test results will be shared with staff and parents without identifying the person concerned.
If your child has been absent due to any of the circumstances described above, please contact school to agree a date for their return in advance.
If in any doubt, please keep your child at home and phone and speak to our Attendance Officer, Mrs Philpot.
We know that a consequence of our protective measures may be higher than normal levels of staff and student absence. In the past we have encouraged everyone to attend school if they are well enough to do so. That has now changed in order to protect the health of our community.
Where staff and students are well enough to work from home, staff will teach lessons remotely from home, and students will be able to access learning remotely via Google Classrooms and Microsoft Teams. Our remote education expectations can be found here.
Procedure if a student develops symptoms during the school day
Anyone who becomes unwell with suspected or possible symptoms during the day will be sent home as quickly as possible to self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test. Students will be isolated in our Quarantine Room (the Meeting Room near to Reception) and parents contacted to arrange for them to go home. A window will be kept open for ventilation, a suitable level of supervision will be provided, and the Quarantine Room and other any other areas used by the student since they became unwell will be cleaned thoroughly after use. If it is not possible to move the student to the Quarantine Room, they will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by staff caring for the student while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. Our usual first aid procedures will be followed and, in an emergency, a first aider will call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured. Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital, unless advised to.
If a pupil displays coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or has a positive test, while at their school they should avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, be collected by a member of their family or household. In exceptional circumstances, if parents or carers cannot arrange to have their child collected, as long as it is age-appropriate and safe to do so the child should walk, cycle or scoot home following a positive test result.
In line with PHE guidance that this is an unreliable method for identifying coronavirus (COVID-19), we will not routinely take the temperature of students.
Anyone who has provided close contact care to someone with symptoms, regardless of whether they are wearing PPE, and all other members of staff or pupils who have been in close contact with that person, do not need to go home to self-isolate unless:
- the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive
- they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a test)
- they are requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace or the Public Health England (PHE) advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated) which is a legal obligation
- they have tested positive from an LFD or PCR test. If an LFD test is taken first, and a confirmatory PCR test is then taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the individual can return to school.
- There is a reason to strongly suspect that the person has coronavirus, such as they have symptoms and have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or an adult has developed a very distinctive symptom (sudden loss of smell / taste). This is a school procedure based on our previous experience.
Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell. The area around the person with symptoms will be cleaned after they have left, to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people following the guidance on the cleaning of non-healthcare settings.
Anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace or the local health protection team and told to self-isolate because they have been a close contact of a positive case has a legal obligation to do so.