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COVID 19 - Info for Parents/Carers

CLICK HERE to read a letter from Public Health England about symptoms of Covid-19. 

The rules and regulations about what to do if your child or a member of your family has symptoms of Covid or tests positive can be very confusing. The local authority has produced a really useful table, which outlines what to do.

Swinnow Primary School Covid-19 Pupil Absence Reference Guide.

What to do if…

Action needed…

Return to school :

My child has Covid-19 symptoms:

·         a high temperature or,

·         a new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours) or

·         a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Get a test.


Inform and show school test result outcome ASAP.

If the test comes back negative.

My child tests positive for covid-19.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us

Agree an earliest date for return (minimum 10 days from symptoms or test date).

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.


After 10 days when they feel better and have no fever. Can attend if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell (these symptoms can last for several weeks).

My child tests negative.

Contact school.

As soon as possible.

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to covid-19

Follow usual school absence procedure.


Someone in my household has covid-19 symptoms.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Self-isolate whole household for 14 days.

Household member gets a test.


If the test comes back negative.

Someone in my household tests positive for covid-19.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for return.

(minimum 14 days from symptoms or test date).


If your child develops symptoms within the 14 day isolation period they must isolate for at least another 10 days from the date they developed symptoms.


After 14 days from start of symptoms or test date if the child does not develop symptoms. 

After at least another 10 days if your child develops symptoms within the 14 day isolation period.  



NHS test and trace has identified that my child has been in close contact with someone with confirmed covid-19.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for return (minimum 14 days from symptoms or test date).

After 14 days from contact date.

My child has travelled abroad and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine.

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Agree an earliest date for return (minimum 14 days from return date).

After 14 days from return date.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

Do not come to school

Contact school to inform us.

Follow advice from your health care provider.

On advice from your health care provider.


CLICK HERE to read a government leaflet about returning to school in September.

Opening school September 2020 – frequently asked questions

How will school be kept safe for my child?

No-one will be allowed to enter the building if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Staff in school will clean throughout the day – with a particular focus on surfaces that are frequently touched.

Children will wash their hands regularly throughout the day. We also have hand sanitiser in every classroom.

If anyone uses a tissue, these are disposable and placed in nappy sack and binned – then hands are washed. ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’.

What are ‘bubbles’?

Each bubble is one class. During the day, the children will not mix with children from other bubbles.

Assemblies will be done virtually – using video conferencing systems like zoom.

There is a timetable for staggered start and end times of the day, breaks and lunchtime. Each class is allocated their own space to play in outside. They have their own box of playtime equipment. These will be cleaned regularly. The dinner hall is split in 2 – with a 2m gap in the middle. Only 2 classes at a time will be allowed in the dinner hall – the children will not cross the 2m gap.

Where possible, the staff will remain the same in the classes. There will be exceptions – but when a staff member works in a different bubble, they will wear a face shield.

If your child goes out for an intervention or group work with a different staff member, the adult will wear a face shield or use a perspex screen.

What happens if someone shows symptoms of COVID at school or there is a positive case at school?

We will contact the parent of that child to collect them and they will arrange for their child to be tested. If the test is positive, we contact Public Health England who will advise us about which bubbles need to be collapsed. The staff and children will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that bubble do not need to self-isolate UNLESS the child or staff members develops symptoms.  We always follow the most up-to-date information from the government on this.

What will the classrooms be like?

The windows will be open to allow for as much ventilation as possible. We recommend extra layers of clothing when it is cold.

Soft furnishings such as cushions are removed.

For older children, desks will be facing forwards where possible. As we need to fit all children in the class, this may not always be possible.

For younger children, toys and other hands-on resources are either cleaned regularly or used on a rota – so at least 72 hours will pass before they are used again. Evidence suggests that the COVID virus cannot survive for longer than 72 hours on objects.

Each child will have their own stationery. Resources that are shared are cleaned with anti-bac spray and wipes.

If they are old enough and able to do so, children may be asked to wipe their own table with anti-bac wipes.

Will Breakfast, After School Care Club or after school activities be available?

Breakfast Club and After School Care Club will be running. We will not be able to keep the classes separate, but will have smaller groups, so fewer children will mix across bubbles. We will try to encourage children to play with children in their class, but will not prevent them from playing with others. Breakfast Club is from 8:00am; After School Care Club ends at 5:30 on Mondays to Thursdays and 5:00 on Fridays.

In the first instance, we will not run after school activities, but may re-start this when routines are established.

Can my child go to the childminder?

Child minders can continue to provide wrap-around care, however, we would encourage you to talk to them about their practices to minimise risk.  Also, please use as few childcare providers as possible to reduce the number of people your child comes into contact with.

What should my child bring to school?

  • A clean, filled water bottle, which they take home to be washed and re-filled at the end of each day.
  • Their book bag; reading books will be sent home and quarantined before given to another child.
  • Coat, hat, gloves etc when cold.
  • Their lunch box if they have packed lunch.
  • From Y1, they can bring a small piece of fruit or cheese that will fit in their tray.

Children should wear uniform each day unless it is a PE day, when they should wear outdoor PE kit. It isn’t necessary to have shorts for indoor PE – unless they want to. They should wear trainers on PE days.  

What about face coverings?

There is no expectation for any children to wear face coverings at school. If they wish to, that is fine, but staff will not be able to assist them with this. If the face mask causes a problem, we will talk to you about it.

Staff can also choose to wear face coverings if they wish. When a member of staff visits several different bubbles, they will wear a face shield.

What happens when children are dropped off or collected?

Letters have been sent out explaining the start and end times and places for each class. These are on the letters tab of the school website. CLICK HERE to see a summary for all classes.

There is a one-way system around the school grounds.

If you have children in different classes, you can drop off and collect all children at the same time.  This should be at your earliest drop off and latest collection time. Children should be dropped off at their own classrooms – even if it is earlier than their start time. Similarly, please collect them from their own classrooms – even if it is later than their collection time. Please do this in whatever order works for your children. We understand that this will be confusing at first!

Please do not arrive early or late; we are aiming for a steady stream of people through the school grounds. To help with this, we ask that you do not congregate either in the school grounds or just outside, so social distancing can be maintained.

Markers on the ground show where to wait. Staff from the class will open the door and call the children into school.

What will the children be learning?

Most lessons will be the same; we will still provide a broad curriculum. There will be a focus on ensuring children have opportunities to catch up with any missed learning during lockdown.

Where possible, PE will be outside.

Shared resources – for lessons like science or PE - will be cleaned or quarantined before another class uses them. 

What if I choose not to send my child to school?

The government has stated they expect all children to return to school in September. If you have concerns about existing medical conditions, please speak to your child’s doctor.

What if I need to speak to my child’s teacher?

You will not be able to enter school at the beginning or end of the day. If you need to speak to a member of staff, you will need to telephone. Only in exceptional circumstances are we allowed to invite parents into school for a meeting. This would be done following strict social distancing protocols.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding through this extremely difficult time.