Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Response to any Infection

7. Engage with NHS Test and Trace


Schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team. Schools must ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:


  • book a test if they are displaying symptoms. 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
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)


Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.


All parents and staff members are required to comply with NHS Test and Trace. In order for school to provide information rapidly in the case of a child or staff member becoming ill with coronavirus (COVID-19), parents will asked to provide information to support this process upon school's reopening in September and an information request for will be issued to all parents when school reopens. In order to support us to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire school community and the wider community of Appleby, we would ask parents for their support in providing this information as soon as possible in September. 


During the normal operation of school, it is likely that from time to time children will be absent from school due to illness. Due to the additional control measures in place at this time, it is critical that all parents provide accurate and timely information regarding reasons for absence and their child's symptoms.



8. Manage Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.


The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.


The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:


  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person


The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we recommend schools keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups (see section 5 of system of control for more on grouping pupils).


Appleby Primary School will maintain accurate and up-to-date records of the bubbles, groups and activities in school which may lead to contact having taken place in order to enable a swift response to Test and Trace and provide accurate information to the Health Protection Team. 


The control measures in place will help to ensure minimal contact between classes and bubbles to ensure that any school closures are limited to the smallest number of staff and pupils possible. However, parents should be aware that, in the case of a single infection or an outbreak of more than one infection may lead to the immediate closure of the school to some or all pupils upon the direction of the Health Protection Team. 


In the case of a school closure, education will continue to be delivered remotely from the first day. Further information on remote education is available in our section on Curriculum, Behaviour and Pastoral Support.

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