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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Information

In order to keep you fully informed about the very latest advice relating ot COVID-19, we have set up this page. New information and advice will be added here as soon as we are updated so please check the page regularly.

 

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

NEW GUIDANCE - 1st April 2022

From Friday 1st April, the guidance related to Covid and school attendance has changed once again. The full document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19

 

I have attempted a brief summary of the key points. 

 

  • There will no longer be free testing for Covid-19 for most people
  • The advisory, precautionary measures set out in this guidance should be followed to help protect the most vulnerable in our community
  • Covid-19 is now treated the same as other common respiratory infections, such as flu and cold

as the symptoms are very similar and it may not be clear which you have

  • Symptoms of respiratory infections include: a continuous cough; high temperature, fever or chills; loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell; shortness of breath; unexplained tiredness, lack of energy; muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise; not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry; a headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual; a sore throat, stuffy or runny nose; and diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick.

 

When you have symptoms

 

  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. You make take paracetamol. Antibiotics are not recommended.
  • If you are symptomatic, it is advised you stay home until you no longer have a temperature or you no longer feel unwell.
  • If you are symptomatic and cannot stay home, it is advised that you take the following precautionary measures:
      • avoid contact with any vulnerable family members
      • wear a well-fitting face covering
      • avoid crowded places
      • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
      • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose and before you eat or handle food.
  • If you are symptomatic, you can protect your household by: trying to keep your distance from people you live with; wear a well-fitting face covering; ventilating rooms well; washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces; and advising anyone that does need to come into your home that you have symptoms, so they can take precautions to protect themselves.

 

 

Children with symptoms

 

  • Respiratory infections are common in children and do not usually cause serious complications
  • Attending education is hugely important for children and young people’s health and their future.
  • Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
  • All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

 

Positive Covid-test results in adults

 

  • Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have no symptoms.
  • Many people with COVID-19 will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test.
  • Try to work from home if you can. If you are unable to work from home, talk to your employer about options available to you.
  • At the end of this period, if you have a high temperature or feel unwell, try to follow this advice until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature if you had one.
  • Although many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days, some people may be infectious to other people for up to 10 days from the start of their infection. You should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 for 10 days after the day you took your test.
  • If you leave your home within the 5 days, take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of passing on the virus.

 

Positive Covid-test results for children

 

  • It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
  • If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can.
  • After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
  • Children who are contacts of someone with a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

 

Close contacts

 

  • People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are at the highest risk of becoming infected because they are most likely to have prolonged close contact.
  • People who stayed overnight in the household of someone with COVID-19 while they were infectious are also at high risk.
  • If you are a household or overnight contact of someone who has had a positive COVID -19 test result it can take up to 10 days for your infection to develop. It is possible to pass on COVID-19 to others, even if you have no symptoms.
  • You can reduce the risk to other people by taking the precautionary measures listed above.
  • More guidance available at: guidance on protecting yourself and others in living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

 

 

For the latest guidance visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 

 

 

COVID VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS

 

A message from NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

 

For decades, vaccinations have protected our children and young people from potentially serious diseases, including measles, flu, meningitis and mumps. By the time they leave school, a child will typically have been offered vaccinations against 18 different diseases or infections – the COVID-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children will be able to have to protect them from illness.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends that 5-11 year olds be offered the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19.

 

From Monday 4 April, you will be able to get your child vaccinated at a site and time convenient for you – at either a vaccination centre, community pharmacy or GPs offering jabs for this age group.

 

From Saturday 2 April you can view these sites and make an appointment through the National Booking Service or by calling 119. Some walk-in sites are also available to vaccinate this age group. Simply check the walk-in finder website before attending to make sure they can vaccinate your child.

 

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over. If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated. Those 5-11 year-olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should have been in touch to arrange this, if not parents will be able book an appointment on the National Booking Service from 2 April.

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