Woodfield Primary School
Woodfield Road
Harrogate
HG1 4HZ
01423 566494
Dear Parents and Carers
Illness and Absence Procedures regarding Covid-19

Following government guidance for the Covid-19  we have amended our illness and absence procedures.

 Absence procedures

  • If your child won’t be attending school because of illness (not related to Covid-19), please inform the school office by telephone by 9am on the first day of illness.
  • If your child will be absent from school for other reasons and they are currently attending school, please inform the school office the day before or by 9am on the day of absence.

Procedure if child displays symptoms of Covid-19 in school:

  • If a child becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or high temperature, school will contact parents/carers and the child will be sent home. The child must then access a test for Covid-19.
  • The child will be isolated from others in an isolation room. Any staff member staying with the child to remain at least 2 metres away from the child- if this is not possible or the child needs assistance then PPE will be worn – gloves, apron, mask, eye protection
  • The child will go for a test ASAP. All family members should start self isolation as per Government guidelines.
  • The children within that group will remain in school until the outcome of the individual’s test result.
  • Anyone who has been in contact with the child or shared a classroom environment must wash his/her hands for the recommended time.
  • All affected areas to be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Parents of the remainder of the children will be notified that a member of the group has been sent home with symptoms and that we will confirm the outcome of a test ASAP. Parents are able to remove their child from school until test results are confirmed if they wish.
  • Where the child tests negative, they can return to their setting. School will need to see confirmation of a negative test result before allowing the child to return to school.
  • The child will return to school and into the group that they were in before becoming unwell.
  • Where the child tests positive, the rest of their group will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

NYCC will be informed and a deep clean of the areas that have been used by the individual will be carried out.

Procedure if a staff member displays symptoms of Covid-19 in school:

  • If a staff member becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or high temperature, they must be sent home and will access a test for Covid -19
  • A replacement member of staff from another group will be brought in to teach the children of that group
  • The children in that group can keep attending school until the outcome of the staff member’s test result.
  • If there are no available members of staff to cover, then parents will be contacted and children in that group will be collected from school.
  • Where the staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
  • Where the staff member tests positive, the rest of their group within their education setting will be sent home and parents informed. These groups are advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
  •  NYCC will be informed and a deep clean of the areas that have been used by the individual will be carried out.

Government guidance for parents/carers

NHS COVID-19 guidance, and how to book a coronavirus test:

How to book a coronavirus test - essential workers:

Kind regards

Mr Mathew Atkinson                                       Miss Jo Marwood

Acting Executive Headteacher                        Acting Head of School