COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

Since March 2022 when the final Covid restrictions were lifted, the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) has advised that COVID-19 should be managed like other respiratory infections, such as flu.

What happens if a staff member or my child tests positive for COVID-19?

For children and young people aged 18 and under who test positive for COVID-19, the advice is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.

Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.

The UKHSA has also published public health guidance on living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

What are the most common Covid symptoms?

According to the latest data from the ZOE Health Study. The top symptoms reported by contributors with positive COVID tests are:

  • a sore throat
  • a runny nose
  • a blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough without phlegm
  • a headache
  • a cough with phlegm
  • a hoarse voice
  • muscle aches and pains
  • an altered sense of smell

According to the NHS, other more common Covid symptoms include:

  • A high temperature or shivering (chills)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick or vomiting

What measures should schools be taking to stop the spread?

As well as following the UKHSA guidance signposted, all settings should have in place baseline infection prevention and control measures that will help to manage the spread of infection:

Remote Learning

If a child is unwell we would expect they are resting and recovering at home. However, if we were to return to a situation where closures were required, our learning offer can be found on our remote strategy document.

Catch up funding

What is catch up funding for:

In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected.

We continue to access both National Tutoring Provision (NTP) and in-school tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The plan below demonstrates how we prioritised this funding at Morden Primary School visit our funding page and click Pupil Premium Strategy for this year