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Infection including COVID-19 Parent Guidance

16th April 2022

Parent/Carer Health Protection Information

Our approach to managing Covid in education and childcare settings now considers Covid as one of many respiratory illnesses. Universal Covid-19 testing ceased on the 1st April, which brings education and childcare settings into line with general population guidance.

The following actions will help to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, such as Coronavirus and flu, which can spread easily and may cause serious illness in some people.

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Let fresh air in
  3. Remember the basics of good hygiene
  4. When to consider wearing a face covering or a face mask

Public health guidance for those who are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness advises that people should do the following to minimise risk of transmission:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should 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 who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive Covid-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
  • children with a positive Covid-19 test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days

Please see the following guidance for further information: ‘Living Safely with Covid-19’ and other respiratory infections guidance.

Infection including Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment 
 
As of 1st April, in line with the DfE’s ‘Health and safety: responsibilities and duties for schools’ guidance, our infection risk assessment covers risks to the health and safety of employees and other persons, including pupils. This risk assessment has been created in line with the latest public health advice on managing respiratory infections, including coronavirus.