COVID-19 Guidance

New guidance in the light of the COVID Delta Variant
 
If your child, or someone else in your household, has any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or even mild, cold-like symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose or headache, or stomach ache associated with sore throat / headache.  Please isolate and arrange a PCR test via the NHS site HERE
 
Do not send your child into school. Contact the school office.  
 
(This is new, local advice, from BCC Public Health, in response to an uptick in cases of the new variant of concern in a few Bristol schools. The advice on the NHS site has not yet been updated.)
 
 

New Variant Precautions - full update 8th June 2021

In Bristol there has been an uptick of COVID cases in schools, particularly primary schools, and a small number of the more infectious Delta Variant cases have been identified through Whole Genome Sequencing. 

What has been apparent is that many of the younger children were asymptomatic and parental choice to LFD test has been a really helpful aid to early identification. 

As we start a new term, Public Health England and BCC Public Health now recommend: 

  • Lateral flow testing at least twice weekly for staff and secondary age students.
  • Lateral flow testing at least twice weekly for all members of families / households where children under age 11 live.
  • Swift self-isolation and PCR testing for anyone with a positive LFD or any symptoms, including milder illness such as headache, sore throat / cold symptoms.
  • Self-isolation of close contacts of suspected cases pending PCR results

In addition, as a targeted measure, they are also asking that, once a positive PCR result is received, all close contacts seek a PCR test. The close contact PCR test can be booked via the national portal by ticking the box to say that the person has been advised to take a test. 

It is important to note that even if a close contact receives a negative PCR they must still complete the 10 day self-isolation period linked to the original case.

                                                                                     

                   
Please visit the NHS site HERE for advice and to arrange a test, and the government website HERE for further guidance.
 
DO NOT SEND  YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE UNWELL. ARRANGE A TEST AND SPEAK TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
 
  
During school holidays
If your child has been told to isolate by Track & Trace, has had COVID symptoms themselves, has had a positive COVID test or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID during the school holidays, please read this information sheet: 
 
 
 
 
 
Schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process.

Staff members and parents/carers need to be ready and willing to:

 

  • Make sure that their household take twice-weekly Lateral Flow tests. These are free and readily available. See the NHS website HERE for details.

  • Isolate the household and book a PCR test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste but the advice has now been extended to include milder, cold-type symptoms and stomach ache associated with sore throat / headache. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested if they have symptoms, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents or carers if using a home testing kit.

  • Provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for COVID-19 or if asked by NHS Test and Trace.

  • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and whilst if anyone in their household is waiting for PCR test results.
 
  
The guidelines in the Schools Covid flowchart above are reviewed by Bristol City Council each week and we respond accordingly.
 
If we have a confirmed case in a child or staff member BCC will tell us whether to send home the whole bubble or just close contacts. 
 
With the permission of the family concerned, we will inform you if someone in your child's bubble tests positive for Covid-19.