Manging Covid-19 at St George's

Across the country all of us are facing challenges to determine how we best respond to the threat of the coronavirus.  St George’s is no different.  This page will keep you updated on the school's current plans.

Our latest risk assessment can be read at the bottom of this page.

Government’s strategy for living with Covid-19 can be read online:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19/covid-19-response-living-with-covid-19#living-with-covid-19

Like the rest of the country, we still face fluctuations in the number of positive covid -19 cases in children and staff.  

This presents our community with two key challenges. 

  1. Health risk is still very evident.  Although most people are fine, people continue to get very ill and we have a duty of care to minimise health risk to others.
  2. The disruption to school life is significant.  Covering classes internally or with supply if staff are absent wit Covid-19 is very challenging.  This challenge is exacerbated with end of year events.

We need your help to help us minimise this by being symptom aware and if possible, getting tested to check on this.    We acknowledge that accessing tests has become much more difficult for families.  If you are symptomatic, we ask that you help us by keeping your children off school for the 3 days recommended by the government.

Government advice for positive Covid-19 cases can be read using the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

What to do if you've tested positive for COVID-19

If you have COVID-19, you can pass on the virus to other people for up to 10 days from when your infection starts. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

You should:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days
  • avoiding meeting people at higher risk from COVID-19 for 10 days, especially if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine

This starts from the day after you did the test.

If a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for COVID-19, they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days. This starts from the day after they did the test.

Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others.

If you are feeling unwell and do not test positive or test negative for COVID-19

If you do not feel well enough to go to work and do your normal activities, you should:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people
  • avoid meeting people at higher risk from COVID-19, especially if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine

You can go back to your normal activities if you:

  • feel well enough to do so
  • do not have a high temperature

You can find separate guidance for children and young people aged 18 or under on GOV.UK.

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