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Folkestone Academy Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

Process for Communicating a Confirmed Covid Case – October 2020

In the event of there being a confirmed Covid-19 case at Folkestone Academy, the following steps will be taken:
1. Based on guidance from Public Health England, the school will identify pupils that need to self-isolate and will remove them from class as quickly as possible. They will be taken to an area in the school where they will be socially distanced until they are able to leave the building.
2. The parents of pupils who need to self-isolate will receive a text message to inform them that their child needs to go home immediately. A letter with further information about the isolation requirements will also be emailed to parents. Parents will need to reply by text, or email [email protected]turnerschools.com, to let us know whether they will be collecting their child or whether they have permission to make their own way home. At this stage, we ask that parents do not call the school unless they are unable to reply via text or email.
3. We request that parents do not attempt to contact their child directly. Pupils should not be using their phone in school and this will be dealt with in line with our behaviour policy.
4. Parents arriving to collect their child should queue outside the reception area, a member of staff will be ready to bring your child to you.
5. Once we have dismissed all pupils who are being collected or who will be making their own way home, we will allow any remaining pupils to attempt to contact parents directly.
6. Once all parents who are directly affected have been informed, we will email all other parents to inform them of the situation.

 

Dealing with suspected/confirmed Covid-19 cases.

What should I do if my child displays symptoms at home?
  • Pupils should not attend attend school if they are displaying any of the Covid-19 symptoms, i.e:
    • a new continuous cough
    • a high temperature
    • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • Please call the attendance team on 01303 842424 to inform us that your child will not be attending school and explain why.
  • Arrange for a Covid-19 test to be carried out and then inform the Academy as soon as possible of the outcome.
  • Pupils with a negative test result will be allowed to return to school with immediate effect (unless they live with someone who is also displaying symptoms or has tested positive; see ‘What should I do if someone in the household is displaying symptoms?’).
  • Pupils with a positive test result should self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day the test was taken. After 10 days pupils may return to school as long as they no longer have a temperature.
What will happen if my child displays symptoms whilst at school?
  • If your child displays Covid-19 symptoms whilst they are at school they will be removed from the classroom and taken to a dedicated room where they will be isolated from other pupils. We will take the pupil’s temperature and contact parents and request that they are collected straight away.
  • Parents should then arrange for a Covid-19 test to be carried out and then inform the Academy as soon as possible of the outcome.
  • Pupils with a negative test result will be allowed to return to school with immediate effect (unless they live with someone who is also displaying symptoms or has tested positive; see ‘What should I do if someone in the household is displaying symptoms?’).
  • Pupils with a positive test result should self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day the test was taken. After 10 days pupils may return to school as long as they no longer have a temperature.
What happens if there’s a confirmed case in the school?
In the event that there is a confirmed case within the Academy, as per Government guidance, the school will contact Public Health England and follow the steps that they put in place.
What should I do if someone in the household is displaying symptoms?
If someone in your household is displaying symptoms or has tested positive, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days, or until a negative test result is received.