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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

COVID-19 Information

Please click here to report your lateral flow test results

 

Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?

The best way to find out about the Coronavirus and the government’s response is to Click here 

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

What is school doing to keep students and staff safe?

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment can be found below.  We are following the guidance of the government and will continue to emphasise the importance of ventilation, hand hygiene and twice weekly testing.  We will also retain face coverings in the corridors and in queues as these are busy areas and so there is a greater risk here. 

What if my child has COVID symptoms?

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Any person with COVID symptoms should isolate until they have had a negative PCR test.  If there are symptoms please do not use a lateral flow test in place of a PCR test.

PCR tests can be booked at Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Please email school by 8.30am on absence@phs.cheshire.sch.uk and tell us the name and form of your child and the reason they are off.  Please give full details rather than just saying that they are ill.   Students can return to school when they have tested negative.  

What if my child develops COVID symptoms while in school?

We will contact parents/carers and the student will be collected and will then isolate at home until they have had a negative PCR test result.

My child has tested positive for COVID-19 on an LFD test. What should they do?

  • they should self-isolate straightaway and report their test result
  • they should book a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible, either online, through the NHS COVID-19 app, or by calling 119 and continue to self-isolate whilst awaiting results of the PCR test
  • any unvaccinated adults in their household should self-isolate whilst awaiting their PCR result, unless they are exempt

 If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the student can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

My child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case outside our household. What should they do?

Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace rather than the school. Contacts will only be traced where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. Children, including Sixth Form students up to the age of 18 years and six months, will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead they will be expected to take a PCR test. 

In addition to this we would recommend that a student who has been identified as a close contact completes LFD tests if coming into school before the PCR test result is in.  Once a student has reached the age of 18 and six months they will have had the chance to be fully vaccinated which would also mean that they do not have to isolate if they are a close contact.

There is a positive case within the household.  What should my child do?

If your child is a close contact within the household they should:

  • limit their social contacts
  • arrange for a PCR test and if the test is positive isolate in line with the government requirements
  • not attend school for five days even if the PCR test is negative.  In the remainder of the ten day isolation period they may attend school but should lateral flow test each day.

Regular Asymptomatic Testing

One of the most important actions for students is to test themselves twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday night) and to report the results to school and to NHS Test and Trace.

To report to school go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBQOQgesEa3XVKmQIvIDO_FY2Gk6XWktDpH85ncxK6zdb0xA/viewform?usp=pp_url

To report to the NHS go to

Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In addition, if you have a positive LFD result or any questions please email

covidsupport@phs.cheshire.sch.uk

 Information about the offer of Lateral Flow Testing can be found on the left. 

 

Vaccination for students aged 16 and over

We support the NHS vaccination campaign for students aged 16 and over. 

  • People aged 16 and 17 can find their nearest walk-in vaccination centre on the NHS website.
  • People with three months of their 18th birthday and all over-18s can book an appointment on the NHS website.

Vaccination for students aged 12-15

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

We had the vaccination teams in school in October 2021.  Parents and carers can book a vaccine online if their child did not have the vaccine in school https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-1st-or-2nd-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination/

COVID Catch-Up Premium

We have published information about the COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium on the separate Catch-Up Premium page.

Behaviour and Safeguarding during COVID

Changes have been made to the Behaviour Policy as a result of COVID-19 and this Annexe is also below.

 If students are self-isolating how will they access work?

Students will use Google Classroom and more information about this can be found in the student section of the website.  Guidance for parents on remote learning provision can be found below.

What about clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people?

Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. The UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.

The Department for Health and Social Care have developed an FAQ that can be accessed online.

What else can I do? 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

 

 

If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health England guidance.

Keep school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.

Reassure your child and encourage them to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.

We know that some children are feeling anxious about the news and that you will want to reassure them.  The link below might support you in this.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/