Our Public Health colleagues have apologised for the difficulties that some colleagues have experienced with accessing tests for Education via Compass. I am writing to inform you that the emergency testing for Bedford Borough teachers, has been reinstated. Please be advised of the following;
I am aware that several schools have sent letters to parents making clear the parent’s role in decision making, as to whether their child should or should not attend school. They have also included the flowchart for parents, that we created jointly with Public Health. If you have not yet written to parents, I strongly recommend that you do, and would suggest that you use the text below as a starting point for your letter and include the flowchart that I have reattached for your ease.
We have been advised that we are seeing seasonal colds and respiratory illness earlier than normal this year. This means that there are more of these illnesses circulating at the moment, and it is therefore important to recognise the difference between these and COVID-19.
Children with symptoms of the common cold, including runny noses and sore throats, can continue to attend school so long as they are well enough to do so. Please be aware that we are unable to advise on whether a child should be in attendance or not as parents are best placed to make the decision on whether their child is fit for school in the morning.
Please follow the government guidelines and if your child is displaying any of the COVID symptoms they remain home until a negative test result can be obtained or until 10 days from the onset of symptoms. The government guidelines for parents/carers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term. Any siblings and other household members must also remain at home as per the guidance for household isolation which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
Please also see attached a flowchart to help you understand the steps that you should take.
If your child does attend school and a member of staff feels your child has any of the above symptoms, you will be asked to collect your child/children immediately.
We are, unfortunately, unable to allow symptomatic children back into school until a negative test result has been received or until they have isolated for 10 days since the onset of symptoms.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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