School Absence and Self-Isolation Reporting

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you today to clarify the Governments current position on school attendance and self-isolation process. We are aware that there is a lot of uncertainty and parents are understandably anxious.

Current Advice as of today is;

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

For up to date information you can visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

If your child has any of the symptoms described above, you need to self-isolate. Guidance on self-isolating can be found below.

Reporting Self-Isolation:

You must report on the first day of absence that your child is self-isolating in the usual way – by leaving a message on the absence line. This Government has issued guidance that the isolation period should last for 7 days. If your child’s condition improves within this time, you must continue to self-isolate as any virus could still be passed on to others.

Registers will be marked using the ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ code which is a code schools are able to use in events such as these. This will appear as a ‘Y’ or the register and this code is discounted from absence figures, meaning that your child’s attendance percentage will not be affected. Absences after the 7 day isolation period will need to be reported in the usual way but current guidance is that 7 days is enough to pass the infectious stage and is safe to return to school.

During the Self Isolation Period students should continue to work at home: Y7-9 – Knowledge Organiser work/Reading for Pleasure/Hegarty Maths

Y10/11/12/13 – in the short term, students should continue to revise for exam subjects. We are in the process of trying to upload class work through Office 365 that students can access at home this should be available during the next week.

We will of course continue to keep parents and students updated on local and national guidance as soon as we are able.

There are currently no plans to close schools and we therefore expect students to be in school every day if they are not genuinely self-isolating.

Staying at Home Guidance for people who are self-isolating;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

With Best Wishes

Adam Darley
Headteacher

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