Test and Trace process
We will be engaging fully with the NHS Test & Trace process, and will work closely with the local Health Protection Team of Public Health England, Strive4 Academy and the local authority to ensure that any confirmed cases are reported without delay.
Where there is a possible case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of coronavirus, the individual concerned will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 10 days. They will be asked to arrange a test at the earliest convenience (either by visiting a test centre, or by requesting a home test kit) and to share the results with the school. Household members and siblings of the pupil displaying the symptoms must also self-isolate for 14 days. All other children in school within the bubble will be able to continue to attend school as normal.
Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff test positive for coronavirus, the individual concerned will be asked to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
Other members of their household or support bubble should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result.
The school will work with the Health Protection Team of Public Health England to carry out a risk assessment to determine who else, if anyone, also need to isolate.
The parents/carers of other children within the bubble will be sent a letter to notify them of this situation, and will be advised of any additional measures which are required. The individual will not be named and personally identifiable information will not be included.
What you can do
If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
- A high temperature
- A new and persistent cough
- A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or small (anosmia)
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. If you have any concerns or questions about the Test and Trace process, please contact
COVID-19 School Re-opening in September FAQ
Useful coronavirus information for parents
If your child is feeling anxious about coming back to school then sharing social stories can be really helpful for young children and help to express the situation in a clear factual way, reducing emotional responses. Please click on the link below for social stories for younger and older children.
Click on 'whole school' to read all information regarding school reopening, Coronavirus Updates and letters regarding school closure.
Digital Safety During Covid-19
Educational Pyschology Parent Helpline
Picture News at Home Update
Telephone support for CYP during the Coronavirus
Things to do during lock down
Supportive Information During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Domestic Abuse Support
Help and support is always available for anyone suffering from DomesticAbuse during isolation in Redbridge. Find support at www.redbridge.gov.uk/reachout or call 999 if you are in immediate danger.
Are you struggling to manage your behaviour and hurting a loved one? Learn how you can stop the abuse from happening by contacting ReachOut or find support in Redbridge at www.redbridge.gov.uk/reachout
National Educational Support
Please see the following links for details of government support during this time.
Children’s Play Areas and Ball Courts are closed
All of the Council’s Children’s Play Areas and Ball Courts are closed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, because it can survive for 12 hours on metal and 36 hours on plastic.
Please do not put your children at risk by ignoring these closures. The Council has taped off all play areas as hazardous or locked those with fences. Please don’t remove that hazard tape or lift children over locked fences because it creates an unnecessary and significant risk to you and your children. The Council would prefer not to have to close parks completely and hopes to avoid this with everyone adhering to the request not to enter areas that are marked with hazard tape or locked
If you do visit a park for walking or exercise, please remember to keep a distance of 2 metres, or 6.5 feet apart from other people. If you find a park is too overcrowded please visit at another time or view Google for real time visitor numbers. We know parks are a vital lifeline for many of you so please help us keep them open by not entering the play areas and ball courts that are out of bounds so that you can still access the space but do what is necessary to protect you and your family and to support the NHS.
New Wellbeing Service for the most vulnerable people in Redbridge
Our community response
Following recent announcements by Government, London Borough of Redbridge have set up a new wellbeing service to help and support people at greatest risk from coronavirus in the borough.
The people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (Covid-19) are those with an underlying health condition, and their family, friends and carers and those told to self-isolate, FIND OUT MORE
Stories for primary school children to help explain about corona virus
Redbridge Local Authority Coronavirus Update to Schools - March 20th 2020
Thank you once again for your support during what is a highly unusual and unsettling period; thank you for your emails offering support to the school.
Unfortunately, the school cannot remain fully open, as the staffing levels would be neither sustainable nor adequate. As of 19/03/20, we have no alternative but to close the school for:
Please note, the school is likely to remain closed for the year groups for the foreseeable future. Please look at our website for on-going updates.
Please be assured that at the time of writing there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Trust.
If you are an emergency worker - ie in the police, fire or work for the NHS and do not have alternative arrangements in the short term for your children, please notify the school and we will do our best to supervise them on 19/03/20.
There will be no sanctions applied to any families who decide to keep their Y 3, 4, 5 or 6 children at home during this unprecedented situation. We are following the revised guidance on attendance from the DfE.
Coronavirus Update 18/03/2020
We know that government are considering school closures. If this decision is made by the Government we will update you. We are currently trying to stay open because we fully understand the vital role our school plays in keeping you in work.
If you are in a position to have your children at home, we strongly urge you to do so.
Please see below the current guidance from the Local Authority regarding attendance:
- Where pupils are at home for self-isolation because they have symptoms or because they have family members at home with symptoms, this will be recorded as an authorised absence
- Where pupils are at home as a precautionary move from parents and where there is no evidence that this is related to symptoms for self-isolation, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
- Please note however that there will be no penalties/sanctions applied during these uncertain times.
If any pupil shows symptoms of persistent cough or temperature at school they should be in self isolation. Please note that this self-isolation period applies to all members of the household, for 14 days. If a child returns to school having been absent due to one the symptoms related to coronavirus, we will contact parents to take them home immediately.
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday)
Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information: