Robust measures at schools to tackle COVID
Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Parents are being reassured that schools have robust measures in place to respond to cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among students or staff.
Cases amongst under-16s have been low since the start of the pandemic and the council’s public health team are keeping a close eye on the situation now that most of the borough’s school children have returned to the classroom. There have been a handful of reported COVID-19 cases so far, but this was expected and prepared for. COVID-19 symptoms in children are usually mild.
“I’d like to assure parents that there is no evidence of any outbreaks so far in our schools, and COVID-19 rates among this age group are stable,” said Cllr Melanie Hampton, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health. “We would expect to hear of isolated cases and these are being swiftly dealt with.”
Cabinet member for education and children’s services Cllr Will Sweet said: “We are in constant contact with schools and are working closely with them to ensure children are safe.
“The Government, in consultation with Public Health England, has issued comprehensive guidance for schools to follow in the event of cases being identified and this may require children to self-isolate for a period of time whilst accessing remote learning”.
Borough schools with the assistance of the council have introduced measures including class bubbles, one-way systems, staggered lunchtimes, hand sanitation stations and other measures to protect staff and students.
Schools will take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus. The local health protection team will work with them to guide them through the actions they need to take.
Please do not send your child to school with the following symptoms;
- 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 one of these symptoms.