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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

End of Autumn Term

Parent & Carer Guidance on Positive Cases

This Guidance is dated 15 September 2021.

This guidance reflects the change in requirements for close contacts who are fully vaccinated and/or under 18 years and 6 months from 16th August 2021 and publication of the updated Contingency Framework for Education and Childcare settings.

This Guidance supplements any advice you may be given directly by the NHS.

My child has just tested LFT positive and/or has Covid symptoms  

If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive during their regular LFT, they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.

Please either:

  • log their result on this school form CLICK HERE
  • email positivecovid@worthinghigh.net 

You should also log the result on the NHS portal here:

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

They will be able to access our Remote Learning Programme (see below) whilst they self-isolate.

Please ask your son/daughter to refrain from posting this information on social media. There is no action for others until they have a positive PCR.

If their PCR is negative, the child can end self-isolation and return to school.

If positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  

If the child has a positive test result but does not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken.

This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. 

My child has just tested PCR positive 

If your child has just received a positive PCR result they should isolate for:

  • 10 CLEAR days after their symptoms appeared or
  • 10 clear days from their PCR test date IF they were asymptomatic. 

Please either:

  • log their result on this school form CLICK HERE
  • email positivecovid@worthinghigh.net

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  

They can return to their normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if their symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms you have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If they still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.

If the child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken.

This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset.

During this self isolation period, they will be able to access our Remote Learning Programme if they feel well enough (see below).

NHS Track and Trace will contact you to manage the communication with any persons your child was in close contact with. Please ask your son/daughter to refrain from posting information on social media to enable this tracking process to be managed sensitively. 

Your child will be exempt from completing LFT for 90 days.

Someone in our household is symptomatic or tested LFT positive 

This guidance includes anyone who lives/sleeps in the same home as a person who has tested positive for coronavirus or are symptomatic awaiting a test result. It may therefore be relevant for siblings who attend the same school but are not in the same cohort, or parents/carers who work at school.

Household contacts are no longer required to self-isolate automatically.  If they meet the exemption criteria (see below), then they can continue to attend settings.

If they develop symptoms they should be tested for coronavirus via  PCR test.

Household contacts will be followed-up by NHS Test and Trace and advised accordingly.

My child has been identified as a close contact of someone who is PCR positive or a member of our household is PCR Positive. 

Please also inform any school, club/organisation attended within 2 days of symptom onset or date of test of the positive result if asymptomatic

How do we access Remote Learning whilst my child self-isolates 

Remote Learning will be set for students who are required to isolate due to Covid-19 according to government guidelines. If students are able to, they should complete remote learning on each day of isolation. If notification of absence is received by 10 am, remote learning will be provided from the following day until the end of the isolation period. If notice is received later, then remote learning will be provided a day later.

A copy of the classwork that is being completed in lesson will be provided where practical for each lesson on each day of isolation. This work is to be completed independently on Google Classroom.

To access remote learning students should:

  1. Click on the link and open Office365 (school email) https://www.prpcs.co.uk/student
  2. Log in details:

Username - surnamefirstname@worthinghigh.net

            Password - this will have been created in school. If a student has forgotten their password then they should request a password reset by emailing workfromhome@worthinghigh.net

  1. Accept the invitation to the ‘Remote Learning Classroom’ on Google Classroom
  2. Click back on the portal link and open Google Classroom
  3. Log in – Username and password same as school email
  4. There will be a daily remote virtual registration with our Remote Learning Mentor at 8:40 am. All isolating students should attend the registration on each day of absence if they are able to do so. Students should receive an email beforehand and accept the invitation to the call.
  5. From 9:00 am students should follow their normal timetable and go to the relevant classroom at the start of each lesson. Students will be set an assignment for each lesson they have to be completed independently. There will not be a live class for each lesson.
  6. Students should submit work at the end of each lesson. They will receive feedback in line with feedback that students in school will receive.

 If a student has any problems accessing remote learning they should contact a member of staff on the remote learning classroom.

If a student is having any technical issues please email: workfromhome@worthinghigh.net

We need IT access at home to enable my child to access Independent/Remote Learning  

If a student needs specific IT equipment to use at home or is having any technical issues please email: workfromhome@worthinghigh.net

What is the Exemption Criteria 

From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

Anyone who has been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a close contact who meets the requirements not to self-isolate and is aged 5 or over, is still advised to get a PCR test, however, they do not need to isolate, whilst waiting for the result.  There may be certain circumstances, detailed below, where staff such as health and social care staff may be unable to return to the workplace until additional steps have been taken (however, outside of work, they will not be required to self-isolate).

What is the definition of a close contact? 

A contact is a person who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during their infectious period (2 days before to 10 days after onset of symptoms, or two days before date positive test was taken to 10 days afterwards if asymptomatic). A risk assessment may be undertaken to determine this, but a contact can be: 

  • anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:  
  • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre  
  • been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact  
  • been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)  
  • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane*

An interaction through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is not usually considered to be a contact, as long as there has been no other contact such as those in the list above.

*If travelling in the same car as a case, people would generally be considered close contacts due to the close proximity of the passengers in a car/van and would ordinarily be expected to be identified through NHS Test and Trace. You may also be identified as a close contact if in the same section as a case in a larger vehicle such as a plane.    

How do I book a PCR Test? 

To book a test, please visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

You will be asked to identify whether the child has COVID-19 symptoms.

If they have no symptoms, you should select ‘No’ for this answer and proceed through the questions until they get to the question: Why are you asking for a test?

We also have some postal PCR kits in school should these be required. 

Free School Meals and isolating students 

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and is isolating at home for a recognised reason, then Edenred Supermarket vouchers of £2.50 per day will be issued. We will issue these on a Friday to cover any absences for that week. 

Can siblings still attend Worthing High School 

As long as siblings remain symptom free they can continue to attend Worthing High School.

The Government recommend that if a member of the household tests PCR positive then everyone should have a precautionary PCR test.

It is also now recommended that household contacts take an urgent LFT and continue to test daily.

Students can continue to attend whilst they await the outcome of the PCR test.