St Joseph’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies & Statements > Safeguarding Policy.
What should you do if your child or another member of your household member develops a symptom of Covid-19?
The full details are below, but in short, if one household member has one (or more) of the 3 main symptoms, then the whole household must self-isolate. The person with symptoms should be tested. If the test is negative then the isolation can end, if they test positive then the person with symptoms must continue to isolate for ten days from their first symptom and the rest of the household must isolate for 14 days. Please do not send your child in to school if they have a symptom OR if one of your household has a symptom.
If a pupil, staff or member(s) of their households have one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 Public Health England uses the following as a case definition for possible cases COVID-19:
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, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If anyone has any of the symptoms above they must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19.
Whilst waiting for test results:
The symptomatic person should stay at home and follow the national guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-athome-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
All their household contacts should also isolate (even those without symptoms), as per guidance above
If the test result is negative
The symptomatic person with the negative result does not require to self isolate any more for COVID-19 risk reduction purposes, but if they have a temperature or cough, they should discuss with their employer or school before return to work/school as these symptoms could indicate they have another infectious disease.
The people in their household do not need to stay at home unless they have one of the 3 symptoms themselves, in which case they should follow the advice in the section above.
If the result is positive
The symptomatic person with the positive result should self isolate for 10 days from the day they first started with symptoms: this is the duration of the infectious period, where they can pass the infection on to others.
Detailed guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-athome-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
All their household members need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day the symptomatic person with the positive result first started with symptoms: this is the duration of the incubation period, where people exposed to an infectious case may develop the illness and themselves become infectious to others (the full infectious period start 2 days before the that day the symptoms develop and ends 10 days after that day). Detailed guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-athome-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection