Safety matters in the GFM and at Bay House School and Sixth Form. As an organisation we pay close attention to regularly checking the NHS and Government sites to ensure we are up to date with our procedures and protocols. We have shared the risk assessments for each of our sites and these are being constantly monitored and reviewed.
GFM schools ask that any pupil, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days. We also ensure anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of COVID-19.
- Before sending your child to school please check that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms: high temperature, a new and persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.
- If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they will self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. In this instance we recommend you contact 111 for advice.
- If your child has tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, please restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
- If your child tests negative,please contact the school office to discuss your child’s return to school.
- If your child tests negative but is unwell, they are not to return to the setting until they are recovered.
- On arrival at school please ensure your child enters and exit the school, adhering to current school protocols e.g. one way system, specific entrances and staggered timings.
NHS Test and Trace Information
The information below is from a letter provided by Public Health England.
One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested. Therefore, please follow these principles:
You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot
to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the
- a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three
or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of
smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
▪ Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or
feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in,
sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
▪ If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly.
▪ Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
▪ If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.
▪ If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.