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COVID-19: Parent / Information Page

Dear Parents and Carers

This page of the web site will provide you with the details you need to understand in regard to Harris Academy Morden’s plans for reopening the Academy safely, planning for local restrictions and also what to do if your child is ill.

It is vitally important that your child does not attend the Academy if your child has any of the COVID 19 symptoms, any member of your household has the symptoms, or if your child has been in immediate contact with any person who has symptoms, or have returned from a country on the Government Travel restrictions web site.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

  3. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result

Call the Academy and inform them of your issue and you will be advised about what to do next.

Parents Help Sheet

Mr L Mallin I Assistant Director  Harris Federation (South)

Key Documents

What to do if my child is ill

Reopening Plan

Planning For Local Restrictions

Behaviour Policy

Curriculum Policy

Attendance Policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

SEN Policy

HAMD Risk Assessment 

COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your support so far in helping us to follow the government guidance which has enabled us to reopen the Academy.

Below are some questions parents have asked recently regarding the guidance on testing and isolation:

  • Can my child come to the Academy if they have symptoms of a cold (e.g. runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and a non-continuous cough)?

You know your child best but provided they are not displaying one of the three COVID-19 symptoms, they can attend school with a cold.

  • My child has a cough but no other symptoms. Can they come to the Academy?

A new continuous cough is one of the main symptoms of COVID-19. The whole household should isolate, and you should have your child tested if they have a continuous cough. A continuous cough means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

  • My child had a temperature over the weekend. The temperature has now gone but they have cold-like symptoms. Can I bring them to the Academy?

A high temperature is one of the main COVID-19 symptoms. If your child had a temperature, even if with no other symptoms, the whole household should isolate for 14 days and you should have your child tested within 5 days from the onset of symptoms.

  • My child had COVID-19 symptoms, took a test and the result was negative. When can they return to the Academy?

If your child’s test results are negative, they can return to the Academy 48-hours after their temperature has returned to normal and only if the test result can be provided as evidence. 

  • My child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, but I cannot get a test for them. What should I do?

If your child has symptoms then you need to keep them at home, everyone in the household should isolate and you should arrange a test. We are aware that currently it can be difficult to book a test. You may have to wait a few days to secure a test slot locally or be prepared to travel some distance. This is frustrating for everybody, but it does not mean that you should send your child into the Academy in the meantime.

  • How will my child access schoolwork whilst isolating at home?

Pupils whose parents have informed the Academy that they are absent for COVID-related reasons, or pupils who have been sent home with COVID symptoms will access work using Microsoft Teams.  Students should log on and access the lessons at the times indicated on their normal timetable. Please do not contact individual teachers to ask for work.

  • What happens if my child becomes unwell whilst at the Academy?

A member of our Academy will contact you by telephone, ask you to come and collect your child from our COVID isolation medical room and you should then follow the procedures above and arrange a test 

Guidance on how long to self-isolate:

How long a person needs to self-isolate for depends on if they have coronavirus symptoms or if they have been in close contact with someone who does. For the latest guidance please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

You'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

               * someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive

                * someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive

               * you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

For the latest NHS information and advice about COVID-19 visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep all in our community safe and the Academy open.