Please note yesterday’s email.

‘On a full return to school it is inevitable we will have children with colds or bugs which are simply that rather than being Covid-related.  We have sought further advice from our H&S consultant, reviewed Public Health England protocols and spoken with a local GP.

As seems to be the case in so many aspects of policy and guidance there is inconsistency.  If the PHE advice was followed to the letter we would soon have no-one in school!  Drawing on the above advice our policy is as follows.

Please take your child’s temperature before coming to school.  Any reading of 38⁰ or above please stay at home and let us know.  Take the temperature regularly throughout the day as there can be considerable fluctuation (during the day and depending on the location of temperature taking) up to 0.6⁰.  A further variable is the accuracy of the device.

  • If the temperature is consistently above 38⁰ over a 24 hour period and there are other symptoms you must engage with the NHS Test & Trace process.  This may cause further delay as tests are now harder to book.  Covid symptoms include: a new, continuous cough; a loss of or change to smell/taste.
  • If a test is positive the child must isolate at home for 10 days and the family/household for 14 days.
  • If the test is negative the child may return to school if fever/cold/flu symptoms have gone.  The household no longer needs to self-isolate.

In all situations and if you feel your child is just suffering from a cold please contact Alison Harrison ahn@newbeacon.org.uk for advice and we will follow each case on an individual basis.

With reference to our H&S consultant, and to provide reassurance, all our protocols and risk assessments have been checked, approved and are in keeping with government guidance.’