NHS quick guide
For guidance on close contact with people outside the household, please click on the link for more info.
If you are unsure if your child has been in "close" contact with a confirmed case please consider the following examples:
- Within 1m face to face
- Within 1m for over 1 minute not face to face.
- less than 2m for over 15 minutes.
If you are confident that your child has not had this close contact then you do not need to take any action.
If you child has been in close contact then please follow the isolation guidance.
This is your decision as a parent and we ask the you are honest with yourself and us.
Please check the guidance from the NHS if you are unsure if you child should be in school due to testing/symptoms in other family members.
We are following this advice, therefore, if there is an active test within the household (regardless of the symptoms that have triggered it), we have to work on the presumption that the household are self-isolating until the result is negative.
Updates from Wigan Families and Children
Q: My child has mild symptoms, what should I do?
We have been given clear guidance which we must follow: Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit.
We understand that children get runny noses and develop colds as we approach colder weather. Data collection sheets will be sent out at the start of term to establish any other medical conditions that may present with similar symptoms.
It is better to be cautious and book a test to get them back to school sooner. Whilst symptoms may be mild at home, if they present in school, we will follow the guidance and call you to collect them.
Q: If my child has a test, what happens next?
The following is taken straight from the Government guidance to schools:
If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Q: What if we have to self-isolate?
At the moment, there are a few reasons that people may need to self-isolate including:
- They have symptoms or a confirmed case
- They have recently returned from a country that was placed on the quarantine list before you returned
- Track and Trace instruct them to
It is important that you follow their guidance to help us all keep as safe as possible.
Please make us aware and we will get school work to you and set up remote learning support for this period of time.
Q: Who can wear a face covering?
Whilst the advice to primary schools is that they are not recommended. We are allowing this as an individual choice for children although there will be times that it's not practical (during outdoor PE and lunchtimes). Staff will have times were they should wear PPE (eg first aid) and they will be given the option to wear a covering at other times.
High schools have recently had more discussion about use in corridors but we have planned the logistics of the school day for limited use of corridors to prevent other class bubbles passing on them.
Q: Is the timetable back to Mon- Fri?
A: Yes. We will return to the full week and the term dates return to the planned dates published on this site.
Q: Is Breakfast and after school club back to normal?
A: Yes it is open as it used to be although we do need people to book ahead. We have increased the space that is used but we have to limit numbers so we can keep year groups as physically distant as possible.
Q: Why do the staggered starts not match the end times?
A: The government guidelines recommend staggered times to prevent placing children and parents at increased risk by being unable to physically distance from each other. Due to the layout of the site we have had to follow this advice.
The one-way system also makes it difficult for all of Y5 and Y6 to be collected before the rest of the school as parents would have to wait in the area where the rest of school pass through. The plan therefore allows the rest of school to safely pass through before Y5 and Y6 are dismissed.
Q: I have two children that have very different drop off and collection times and I'm not sure what time is best to collect. Please could you advise?
A: The times given are for everyone's safety as we try to stagger the flow of people through a narrow entrance area. We understand this is not ideal and we have built in an measures to provide you with the flexibility without causing a negative impact children's outcomes:
- All year groups are ready from 8:45 to allow children to be dropped off early with siblings.
- All classes are ready to release children early to go with their siblings or keep them until the later ones are collected.
- The timetable had been structured to ensure that children don't miss formal learning if they are collected earlier. (It may have a small impact if children arrive too much later than their start time)