Since the start of the global pandemic, we have worked hard to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff members. Regular communication with parents has enabled us to navigate this difficult season as a community. This page sets out the latest government guidance, which is also communicated to parents via other means.
(Information from the Department for Education, 4 March 2021)
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
System of Controls
(Information from Actions for Early Years guidance, February 2021)
Carmel Christian School is actively working together with parents to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the setting
Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances
Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual
Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents
Consider how to minimise contact across the setting and maintain social distancing wherever possible
Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
Our COVID-19 risk assessment details how we have responded to these responsibilities. This working document is reviewed regularly to maintain safe standards for all.
Book a COVID-19 test if they or their child has symptoms - the main symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Self-isolate immediately and not come to the setting if:
- they develop symptoms
- they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- anyone in their household, support or childcare bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- they are required to do so having recently travelled from certain other countries
- they have been advised to isolate by NHS test and trace or the PHE local health protection team
Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with, if they test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace.