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What to do if your child is ill

Lots of parents have contacted us asking what to do in different situations. Below is a basic guide to follow. However, please also check out the latest NHS advice if you are unsure.

You can contact the NHS by calling 111 or going to their website at: https://111.nhs.uk/

WHAT TO DO IF... ACTION NEEDED RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN...

My child has coronavirus symptoms:

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back.
  • A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH – this means coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO THEIR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything.
  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Self-isolate.
  • Get a test.
  • INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE TEST RESULT
  • DO NOT SEND ANY SIBLINGS TO SCHOOL.

...Test is returned negative.

 

My child tests positive for Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Inform school immediately about test result
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return - minimum of 10 days.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Student groups or bubbles isolated with remote learning.

.....They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks.

 

My child tests negative.

  • CONTACT THE SCHOOL.
  • Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day).

.....The test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has Covid-19 symptoms.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days (or until test comes back negative).
  • Household member and anyone else in household who is showing symptoms to get a test.
  • INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS.

...The household member test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has tested positive for Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

NHS Test and Trace has identified my child was in ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine.

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.
  • Consider quarantine requirement and FCO advice when booking travel.
  • Provide information to school as per the attendance policy.

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.

...The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact the pastoral team in school as soon as possible.
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

….School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to Covid-19 outbreak in school.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • At home support your child with remote learning provided by school.
  • Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19.

FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE.

…..After 48 hours following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.

 

Regular school attendance is crucial in raising standards in education and ensuring that every child can have full access to the school curriculum and reach their potential.

Silverdale School will strive to promote an ethos and culture which encourages good attendance and where each pupil will feel welcomed, valued and cared for.

Silverdale School has high expectations of all students in order to achieve the vision of ‘Outstanding Achievement for All’.

Illness

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, parents and carers should contact the school before 10am to inform Key Stage Teams of the reason for the child’s absence. Key Stage Teams will send an email at 10.30am to the parent or carer to alert them to the child’s absence from school, if a reason has not already been given.  Key Stage Teams will follow up with a phone call home if attendance is a cause for concern. If no reason has been provided by the parent or carers, a letter will be sent home asking for a reason for an absence. The absence will be unauthorised until a reason is presented.

Request for term time leave

Silverdale School does not authorise holidays during term time due to the impact they have on pupils learning. Family holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence. Silverdale School supports the Sheffield City Council policy and procedures regarding term time leave requests. Request for term time leave should be submitted to Key Stage Teams 20 days in advance to enable the school to consider the request. The form can be downloaded from this page.

Medical appointments

We encourage parents and carers to make all medical appointments outside of school hours. If this cannot be avoided, pupils should attend school prior to or immediately after the appointment. Key Stage Teams should be informed of the medical appointment prior to the date. Medical appointments are counted as absences and it will affect the pupils overall attendance.

Religious observance

Silverdale School recognises and celebrates many different religions. Schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance. The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Where necessary, schools should seek advice from the parents’ religious body about whether it has set the day apart for religious observance.

Parents and carers please note that although the absences are authorised, it is still counted as an absence on the student’s attendance certificate. Within school, we make sure students are not unfairly affected by this absence regarding rewards for 100% attendance. However, the schools attendance register is a legal document, and therefore the absence must be recorded.

Parents and carers must inform the school prior to the religious observance days if the child will be absent from school. If we have not been informed prior to the date we will follow our absence procedures to identify the reason for the child’s absence from school.

Participating in a supervised sporting activity

We recognise that pupils at Silverdale School have exceptional skills and talent. We want to support our young people to participate fully in training for sporting activities. Any requests regarding pupil’s participation in sporting events during the school day must be requested in writing to the head teacher. This includes any adjustments to the time of the school day for example, pupils leaving school early to participate in sporting activities.

Education Welfare Service

Regular attendance is an essential requirement for educational results and where attendance difficulties exist or a pupil’s attendance falls below 85%, Education Welfare Service (EWS) will support staff and parents in developing and implementing strategies to address or improve school attendance. Silverdale School works in partnership with Multi Agency Support Team (MAST) regarding persistent absenteeism.