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Information for parents

Please direct parents to our dedicated home learning pages and the information available on the Islington Directory:

For information and advice for parents of children and young people with SEND, please see the Local Offer:

Shielding guidance

The government has published guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. The guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of a serious underlying health condition.

Closures

See a summary of the latest government guidance for schools and other education settings:

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils from Monday, 23 March until further notice
  • The government is asking settings to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can

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Vulnerable children

Critical workers

  • A full list of critical workers and further information is included in the latest government guidance
  • Many parents who are critical workers may be able to ensure their child is kept at home, and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be

Who must not attend school and early years settings

  • Children and staff who are unwell, or who have symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school or early years settings, and must self-isolate at home for 7 days. Their household contacts must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
  • Children and staff whose household members have symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school or early years settings, and must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
  • children and staff who are pregnant or have an underlying health condition must follow the social distancing measures. This means that they should not be attending school or early years settings under any circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This guidance is correct as of 20 March 2020. This is an evolving situation so always look at the official government website for the most up-to-date information. Whilst schools will be closed from 23 March, there will be some settings open for children of critical workers, and schools may open intermittently over the next few months, so this guidance remains relevant. Remember that the vast majority of people who become infected with COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms which will self-resolve, and will not require further NHS treatment.

Staff of pupils with suspected COVID-19

  • A pupil, student or member of staff has symptoms associated with coronavirus - what should we do?

    Coronavirus symptoms are either:

    • a high temperature, and / or
    • a new, continuous cough – this is a cough of recent onset, which is ongoing (e.g. not someone who has been coughing for the past 2 months, and not someone who has coughed once yesterday and once today)

    If anyone has these symptoms, they should follow the current NHS advice, and stay at home for seven days from the start of their symptoms. They should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. They do not need to contact 111 to tell them that they are staying at home. The Government has published guidance on staying at home. Anyone staying at home due to symptoms associated with coronavirus should advise the school.

    All household members (anyone living with the person with symptoms in the same house) will also need to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person developed symptoms. Anyone staying at home due to symptoms associated with coronavirus should advise the school, and sickness reporting procedures should be followed as closely as possible.

    The areas in the educational setting that the person with suspected COVID-19 has been in must then be cleaned. If the area they have been in can be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, wait until this time has passed for cleaning as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have reduced significantly by 72 hours.

    See advice for cleaning your setting

  • A pupil, student or member of staff develops symptoms associated with coronavirus whilst on site - what should we do?

    If they are currently on site, they should be sent home and follow stay at home guidance. If a child is waiting for collection:

    • they should be moved to another room and isolated behind a closed door, if possible and appropriate to the child’s needs
    • if isolating the child is not possible, they should be moved to an area >2 metres away from other people
    • a window should be opened for ventilation
    • They should use a separate toilet, if possible

    Once they have left the site, if the area they have been in can be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, wait until this time has passed for cleaning as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have reduced significantly by 72 hours.

    See advice for cleaning your setting

  • A pupil, student or member of staff has been exposed to someone with symptoms associated with coronavirus in the educational setting - what should we do?

    The guidance for anyone who has been in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 is that they do not need to self-isolate but should be vigilant for signs of a high temperature or new continuous cough.

    If a student or pupil later develops these symptoms, all household members should self-isolate for 14 days, starting from the day when the first person in the household became ill. If a staff member lives alone and develops these symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate for 7 days. If a staff member lives with others and one of the household members develops these symptoms, then everyone in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. Guidance on staying at home should be reviewed.

    The areas in the educational setting that the person with suspected COVID-19 has been in must then be cleaned. If the area they have been in can be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, wait until this time has passed for cleaning as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have reduced significantly by 72 hours.

    See advice for cleaning your setting

  • A pupil, student or member of staff has been exposed to someone with symptoms associated with coronavirus in the same household - what should we do?

    Anyone who has been lives in the same household as someone who develops symptoms associated with coronavirus must self-isolate at home for 14 days.

  • A family member of staff is self-isolating because they have symptoms associated with coronavirus. Are they still able to go to work?

    Children are not able to attend school and adults are not able to go to work in this situation. If a member of your household has developed symptoms of COVID-19, the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person developed symptoms. For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

  • The school has been informed that one of its pupils or staff has suspected or confirmed coronavirus. What cleaning needs to take place?

    If the area(s) the person who suspected/confirmed coronavirus has been in can be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, wait until this time has passed for cleaning as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have reduced significantly by 72 hours.

    See advice for cleaning your setting

Returning to educational settings

  • A student or member of staff has symptoms associated with COVID-19, when can they come back to school/work?

    • If a student or member of staff has symptoms associated with COVID-19, they must stay at home for seven days from when the symptoms started. After seven days, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine.
    • All household members of the person with symptoms must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. At the end of the 14 day period, any household member who has not developed symptoms of COVID-19 can leave isolation and continue their normal routine.
    • If household members start displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, they must stay at home for seven days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. If after this seven day period they no longer have a high temperature they can return to their normal routine.

    The government has produced a diagram.

    It is important that parents/staff telephone NHS 111 or their doctor and do not visit the GP surgery or pharmacy if their condition worsens.

Pregnant and vulnerable people

  • What should pregnant staff be aware of?

    The government has issued guidance strongly advising pregnant staff to be supported to stay at home and work from there if possible.

    The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has published guidance on COVID-19 and pregnancy. It includes information on:

    • Queries about your pregnancy during self-isolation
    • Breastfeeding if you have suspected or confirmed coronavirus

    The government has published social-distancing guidance advising pregnant staff to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. These are steps taken to reduce social interaction between people, including:

    • Significantly limiting your face-to-face interaction with friends and family, if possible
    • Avoiding large gatherings and gatherings in smaller public spaces
    • Avoiding contact with people who are displaying coronavirus symptoms

    If someone else in your household develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, try to find somewhere else to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other (>2 metres apart) as much as possible.

  • What should staff and students with an underlying health condition be aware of?

    The government has published social-distancing guidance advising pregnant staff to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. These are steps taken to reduce social interaction between people, including:

    • Significantly limiting your face-to-face interaction with friends and family, if possible
    • Avoiding large gatherings and gatherings in smaller public spaces
    • Avoiding contact with people who are displaying coronavirus symptoms

    The government has issued guidance strongly advising people aged under 70 with a health condition listed here to be supported to stay at home and work from there if possible.

    Some people may have conditions which put them at even high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as those who have received an organ transplant and remain on immunosuppression medication, or those with cystic fibrosis. If you fall under this category, the NHS in England will contact you directly next week about additional measures to take to keep yourself and others safe.

    There is also government guidance on measures that you should take if living in a shared household, including:

    • Minimising the amount of time you spend with others in shared spaces
    • Keeping >2 metres away from others, and sleeping alone, if possible
    • Using separate towels for drying after showering, and for drying hands
    • Preparing and eating meals separately from others
  • What about staff or students with asthma?

    Not all people with asthma need to stay away from other people. It only applies to those with severe enough asthma to be offered a flu-jab. For more information, see the NHS website.