Sep 2020: Covid-19 Guidance

This page contains Harbertonford Primary School's current approach to managing the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus for the academic year 2020-2021, including the school's risk assessment, technical guidance from the DfE and advice for parents. 
Parental support from the DfE can be found here
Our priority is ensuring that our children, families and staff are safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. If you have any questions about any of the information on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01803 732352 or 
If your child is currently has a cold and you're not sure what to do, please have a look at the flow chart further down the page or call the school and we can aim to help you. 
Harbertonford Primary School's bounce back curriculum.
Advice on how to explain Covid 19 to your child.
Harbertonford Primary School's current Risk Assessment.
Current DfE guidance 
The current guidance that Harbertonford Primary School used to create its risk assessment can be found here:
Office staff keep abreast of the latest update through email reminders to ensure we implement any and all new guidance to keep the children in school safe.  
What will the school do if a child displays symptoms of Covid-19? 
The school has strict procedures to follow that have been created from the current DfE guidance. This procedure is agreed across the whole of the Link Academy Trust and will be following if a child, or staff member, shows symptoms of Covid-19 which are currently defined as
  • a new, continuous cough or
  • a high temperature, or
  • has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia)
If this is the case, staff will then follow this procedure: 
  1. The child will be moved to an isolated space, our hall, with the windows open. A staff member will stay with them but 2m apart and wearing full PPE. 
  2. The child's parents will be contacted immediately by office staff. Parents needs to be able to collect their child straight away. Any siblings will also be sent home  
  3. The hall will be off limits until the area has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Any staff who supported the child must safely remove and dispose of PPE and wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. 
  4. The family of the affected child must start their 14 day isolation period, meaning they must not attend school, work or leave their home. The child displaying symptoms starts a 10 day isolation period. Parents must arrange for the child, and anyone else with symptoms, to take a Covid-19 test. They can do this by visiting NHS.UK or contact NHS 119 via telephone.
  5. Parents are encouraged to keep in contact with school of the situation until either a) a negative test result for those displaying symptoms is received or b) the isolation period of 10 or 14 days comes to an end.  
The DfE guidance below outlines these steps as well:
What should I do if my child, or a member of my family who lives with me, is displaying symptoms of Covid-19?
If you, or someone who lives in your family home, is displaying symptoms of Covid-19, you must begin a 14 day period of self-isolation (10 days for the person displaying symptoms). This means you cannot bring your children to school. 
If this is the case, we are asking parents to do the following:
  1. Keep their children at home and inform the school, via phone or email, as soon as possible.
  2. Arrange for any person displaying symptoms to have a test for Covid-19.
  3. Let the school know the outcome of any tests (positive or negative):
    • If the person(s) displaying symptoms receives a negative test result, your child(ren) may return to school. The school may ask for proof, either through a copy of the email or a simple, signed declaration.
    • If the person(s) displaying symptoms received a positive test result, you must notify the school immediately. 
What if my child is poorly, e.g with a cold, but is not showing symptoms of Covid-19?
The following flow chart may be helpful to you if your child is poorly, but not with symptoms of Covid-19.
Please also remember that if your child has had vomiting or diarrhea, they should be off school for 48 hours since the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting.  
What will the school do if there is a confirm case of Covid-19 in the school community?
If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school community, we will immediately beginning the following procedure.