COVID Guidance for Parents / Carers from Mon 10th Jan 2022 onwards

Further to this week’s further Government announcements on 5th January 2022 and the Public Health England briefing we attended on 6th January 2022, we have taken into account what all parties are saying and have created the following guidance to show what The Hive will be doing to meet the challenges of the Omicron Variant and to help you understand our decision making in the coming weeks.

Symptoms

  • We have all lived with and know well the symptoms of the original COVID variants:
  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

However the issue now is that the newer Omicron variant has the following most common symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (either mild or severe) / Body Aches
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat

The challenge in relation to these new symptoms is that you could have these symptoms at any time of year if you were struggling with a common cold, hayfever etc. and didn’t have COVID at all.

Therefore we are going to start using the term ‘unwell’ instead of symptoms

Guidance for Parents

If a student feels / appears unwell at home, students should do a Lateral Flow Test if at all possible

If you have positive COVID cases in your household, students should do a Lateral Flow Test daily.

  • If the Lateral Flow Test is Positive and your child has symptoms, go for a PCR Test and isolate the student at home until the result is known.
  • If the Lateral Flow Test is Positive and your child has not got symptoms, there is no need to go for a PCR Test (new temporary Government rule) and isolate for 7 days with ‘Day 1’ being the day after your lateral flow test.
  • On Days 6 and 7, you need to do a lateral flow test and if these are negative, you can return to college on Day 8. If either of these tests are positive, then you continue to isolate until you have 2 consecutive days of negative tests or you complete 10 days of isolation, in which case you can return to college on Day 11 whatever your lateral flow tests are showing as you are then classed as not being a risk to others.

If your child tests positive, you must inform the college

If the PCR Test is negative, the student can come into college (repeat this testing for all days your child appears unwell)

If it is not possible to do a Lateral Flow Test and your child presents as unwell or there is COVID in your household, we respectfully ask you to consider whether it is possible to keep your child at home to support us with keeping potential COVID cases outside of the College Community and to protect our highly vulnerable children.

If a student becomes unwell in college, we will immediately isolate them and will call the Parents to come to college and take their child away for a PCR test.

Kim Everton

January 2022

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