Coronavirus Information

Guidance for schools

Please click here for the latest guidance for schools from the Department for Education which we continue to follow and review.

 

Coronavirus scenarios

Scenario:Action Required:
My child has one or more coronavirus symptoms.
These are a high temperature, a new persistent cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Your child must not attend school. Your child must self-isolate and you must book your child a coronavirus test (PCR test).
Inform the school of the pupil absence. Your child can return to school and the self-isolation can end if the result is negative.
My child has tested positive for coronavirus on a PCR test.Your child must not attend school.
Provide a copy of the positive result to the school.
Your child must self-isolate for five full days from the onset of symptoms (or from the test date if there were no symptoms).
Your child can take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6. Your child can return to school on day 6 if they receive two negative test results and if they do not have a high temperature.
If either of the LFD tests is positive, your child must continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.
My child has tested positive on a Home-testing kit provided by the school (Lateral Flow Device).Your child must not attend school.
Provide a copy of the positive result to the school.
Your child must self-isolate for five full days from the test date.
Your child can take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6. Your child can return to school on day 6 if they receive two negative test results and if they do not have a high temperature.
If either of the LFD tests is positive, your child must continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
My child has been contacted by NHS Track and Trace and informed that they are a close contact.Your child (aged 5 and above only) must take an LFD test every day for seven days.
Your child does not need to self-isolate (unless the result is positive and unless your child has symptoms).
Children under five must take a PCR test instead. They can attend school whilst you wait for the result.
My child lives in the same household as someone who has tested positive.Your child (aged 5 and above only) must take an LFD test every day for seven days.
Your child does not need to self-isolate (unless the result is positive and unless your child has symptoms).
Children under five must take a PCR test instead. They can attend school whilst you wait for the result.

 

Coronavirus testing

Secondary section pupils are asked, as per government guidance, to carry out an LFD test twice per week (3 to 5 days apart). Parents and carers receive regular communication regarding this process.

Pupils aged 12 to 17 should self-test and report their result with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary. Pupils aged 11 should be tested by an adult.

The result must be reported to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed. Please do this by clicking here. Families are also asked to share the result, whether positive, negative or void, with the School. Please do this by clicking here. If the test result is positive, the parent/carer must also contact the School (office@whitefriars.harrow.sch.uk). The test will need to be immediately repeated if it is ‘void’ (invalid).

Our privacy statement regarding the use of personal data (for pupil home testing) is available to view here.

Testing is voluntary. We require parent and carer consent for pupils to be tested. Please contact Ms O’ Brien (kobrien34.310@lgflmail.org) if you wish to opt in and require a consent form. You are not required to complete a further consent form if you have already done so. Pupils will not receive home testing kits without a completed and signed consent form.

 

Face coverings

Department for Education guidance states that face coverings should be worn in classrooms and communal areas in school by all pupils in Year 7 and above unless they are exempt.

This means that face coverings are compulsory for secondary section pupils in classrooms and communal areas inside the school buildings. This is unless pupils are exempt.

Face coverings are not required whilst pupils are outside, for example at breaktime or lunchtime.

Please ensure that your son/daughter (secondary section only) brings a face covering to school every day.

 

Information about Coronavirus

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by phoning: 0800 046 8687

Please click here for regularly updated information on COVID-19 from the government.

 

Hygiene

The government advises regular handwashing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Please click here for information from the NHS.

Please click here for advice from the NHS regarding how to help stop the spread of coronavirus.