FAQs during C-19 crisis for Parents
We all have questions about C-19 and how it affects us. Here we try to answer some of those questions about the current situation in school (FAQs further down the page). Updated 06.09.21
What Parents/ Carers need to know about schools during Covid-19 outbreak - click here (last update was 27.08.21): translated versions: Arabic Bengali Chinese – traditional Chinese-simplified French Gujarati Polish Portuguese Punjabi Romany Somali Turkish Urdu
Guidelines for full opening for schools - click here (last update 27.08.21)
BCC information: What we need to do in B'ham to stay Covid-19 safe
For Parents & Carers of children with SEND - click here
Mental Health information & support - click here
Building children's resilience during C-19 - click here
Bereavement support from: Edward's Trust 'Beyond the Horizon' Child Bereavement UK
BBC video - how to wear a face mask correctly - click here
Links to resources that can help you help your child with C-19:
Self care support Advice for young people Advice for Parents & Carers
Mindfulness Calendar - 2 weekly, 5 minute wellbeing activities
Back to School - 5 tips for Parents
CORONAVIRUS – a reminder of the current advice: PLEASE KEEP SAFE AND WELL.
Individuals will only need a test if they have any of the following:
A high temperature: any new high temperature where the person feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature); A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.
Cold/ flu like symptoms – the delta variant can present symptoms of sore throat/ runny nose. Please note that common cold symptoms, including runny nose, are normal - keep your child at home for a day or two and if other symptoms don't appear, they can return to school. If other symptoms appear, please get your child tested asap.
Do not send your child to school if your child is awaiting a test result but you can send your child to school if someone else in the house has symptoms/ is awaiting a result/ is positive and your child does not have symptoms.
Note: Self-isolation for a remaining cough after 10 days is not necessary as the cough can linger for a few days, even weeks, after having the virus.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE: From September 2021 (as per the Government’s announcement about changes from 16 August 2021), anyone who has been double vaccinated and any children under 18 years of age do not need to isolate if they are a close contact of someone who is positive, but will be asked to take a PCR test – if negative, they will be able to carry on as normal, but if positive, will need to isolate for the mandatory 10 days. If you are unsure what to do, please contact the school and double check with us.
NHS Covid-19 website - click here for info & support
If your child is due in school but is self-isolating, you must ring or email the school to inform us of him/her not attending and the reasons why – as we would normally would expect for any absence. At all times, as we always expect, please call the school by 9.15am to inform us as to why your child is not in school and keep us informed. Thank you for your support in these unusual times.