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Managing COVID19 for school-age children

Public health information

Test and trace service

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Please see further information on the NHS Test and Trace service here: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service and all government information on getting tested here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Please see below further information from Public Health B&NES. If you have any questions regarding this information please email the B&NES Public Health Team at Public_health@bathnes.gov.uk.

Procedures in the case of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19

The following charts from Public Health B&NES set out the procedures that will be followed if there is a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19 in a school, including contact details for testing and reporting:

Educational and childcare settings flowchart

Contacting the local health protection team (HPT)

Covid 19 testing for the under 5s

Following the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, please see the following frequently-asked questio.

Covid 19 FAQ

Regarding the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, here are some answers to frequently asked questions, from the Department of Health and Social Care:

  • Why could Under 5s not be tested up until now?
    • It was necessary to review and validate the existing supply of testing swabs in order to ensure that they could be clinically approved for the testing over Under-5s. This has now been complete and the extension of eligibility is now appropriate.
  • Aren’t the testing swabs used for adults unsafe for Under-5s?
    • We have followed updated clinical guidance throughout on the suitability of testing swabs for use on children under the age of 5. This is being supplemented by updated instructions for parents and guardians of those under 5.
  • Why are Scotland and Wales not able to test Under5s:
    • Testing eligibility is the responsibility of each individual Devolved Administration.
  • Will it hurt/cause them harm?
    • It is possible that children may experience some mild discomfort, but it should not hurt. 
  • Who carries out the test?
    • Children under 5 must have the test performed by a parent or guardian.
  • How do I book a test for my under 5 child?
    • You can ask for a test online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
    • We'll ask you:
      • how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit
      • for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address
    • The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre is available to assist eligible individuals through the process of booking and taking a test for Coronavirus. The Call Centre handles all enquiries about the testing process, from how someone books an appointment, to what they do upon receipt of their result. 
    • The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 119  between 7am and 11pm.
    • The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119.
  • How will their results be shared?
    • When a child takes a test, their parent/guardian will be told how results will be passed to them. This may be by email or by text or both.  We are aiming to return results within 48 hours of tests taken at regional test sites and 72 hours for home tests.
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Sustainable travel for Saltford

B&NES leader impressed by our progress

On Wednesday 29th April, Mr Boyle was invited, on behalf of Saltford School, to talk about the work we have been doing on sustainable travel and to showcase the work of our fantastic Green Team.

The local council’s Sustainability Team wanted to give Will Godfrey, the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset Council, a ‘tour’ of the work going on in B&NES and to hear about some of the work happening to tackle the Climate Emergency. In the presentation, Mr Boyle explained the exciting events and ongoing activities our wonderful children and staff are doing at school to protect the environment and preserve our beautiful world for generations to come.

The chief executive, Will Godfrey, and the council members were hugely impressed by the fantastic work happening at Saltford School and thanked the children and staff for their amazing efforts. It was remarked that it sends out a hugely positive message.

A huge well done to all the wonderful children and staff of Saltford School for an amazing team effort. You can read Mr Boyle's full report here to see how all the activities we do at school add up to making a real difference to our environment.

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