Return to school and managing Coronavirus

We are delighted that we have been able to start our new term at St Joseph’s with all of our staff and students back on site.  We are aware that this will be a stressful time for students and parents, but you will see from our posts and website that we are doing everything possible to keep our school community safe.

However, there may be an instance where students or staff display symptoms of Covid 19 and where this is the case, we will follow the Government and Public Health England guidance (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus)

Covid 19: What to do if symptoms appear:

  • If symptoms appear outside of school the student or staff must stay home and contact school asap.
  • If symptoms appear in school students and staff will be sent home.
  • Staff and students with symptoms must self-isolate and arrange a test asap.
  • Self-isolation must continue for ten days or until a negative test.
  • A negative test means the student and staff member can return. Please let us know to expect the student back.

Please be aware that our staff are not medical professionals and so we rely on students’ integrity in reporting symptoms.

What should I do if I am a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • If you have been informed that you are a contact, self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date of your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Self-isolation means stay at home and do not leave the house for 14 days. It is very important that you follow this advice even if you feel well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends, the wider community and the NHS.

I think I have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but I have not been notified and advised to self-isolate. What should I do?

  • Contacts who need to self-isolate will be notified and advised accordingly by the NHS Test and Trace service.If you have not been notified, this means you do not need to self-isolate. If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, or you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, follow the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance).

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the guidance on self-isolation again.

We will keep you informed of any confirmed cases in our school community and our next steps.

Miss Kennedy