At West Earlham Infant School, the safety of our pupils and staff is of paramount importance and together we can help slow the spread of coronavirus by following the advice below.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19
What is meant by possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (COVID-19)?
- Possible infection is where a person has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and is currently awaiting a test result.
- Confirmed infection is where a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Importance of Testing for Coronavirus
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) must immediately self-isolate and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.
From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a lateral flow test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are: • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine • all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status • people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons • Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
If you develop symptoms you may wish to alert the people who you do not live with and that you have had close contact with over the last 48 hours to let them know that you might have coronavirus (COVID-19) but are waiting for a test result.
People who have tested positive will receive a text, email or phone call requesting that they log into the NHS Test and Trace website to create a confidential account where they can record details about their recent close contacts. If you do not have access to the web, then you will be phoned by a contact tracer working for the NHS Test and Trace service. The information you provide will be handled in strict confidence. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The people contacted will not be told your identity, but by alerting them when you first develop symptoms, you can help make sure that they are prepared for being contacted by the Test and Trace service.
If you do test positive you can now end your self-isolation period before 10 days if you have a negative LFT on day 6 and day 7 and do NOT have a continual high temperature. An individual may then return to their educational setting from day 8.
Support for Families During Lockdown
Useful Health Links
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 as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
NHS coronavirus advice
Public Health England information to the public
Talking to your children about the Coronavirus
School Closure Information
Our school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- Not enough adult supervision to ensure the health and safety supervision of our children
- Directed to by the Local Authority, Public Health England or another Advisory Body
Steps taken to decide on whether to close the school will be as follows
- The Headteacher will liaise with the Local Authority and inform the Chair of the Governors and a joint decision will be made whether our school should be open or not
- The decision to open our school, or not, will be communicated to staff and parents via:
Our school website
Local Authority and local media websites.
Decisions will be made and communicated by 3pm each subsequent day.