Covid 19 Information

Swindon Academy has updated its COVID response in accordance to the latest government advice (February 2022)

The following changes will be in place from Monday 28th February 2022:

  • We will NOT test students for Covid in school.
  • We will NOT expect students to test at home.

If you want to test members of your family for Covid at home, you can get kits by ordering them online or from your local pharmacy.

Should parents send their child to school if they think they have COVID-19?

If your child has any of the main symptoms of Covid or a positive test result the advice remains unchanged; your child should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. The government guidance is that your child should carry out a lateral flow test and stay at home while waiting for the result. If you are unable to order or collect a test from your local pharmacy, you have the following options:

  1. You can come into the Academy and collect a test from Main Reception while we have stock available.
  2. You can ask a sibling to report to Main Reception and collect a test.

Important:

If your child’s test is positive, they are advised to self-isolate. Please send a photo of the lateral flow result to the school by email to Deborah.gough@swindon-academy.org so that we can mark your child’s absence as ‘Covid related’. If you do not send a photo, we will code the absence as ‘unconfirmed Covid related’ and this will affect your child’s invite to the Reward Trip etc.  If your child’s test is negative, they should return to school.

Self-isolation

If your child tests positive they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days. They should only return to school once they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. The table below shows the days on which they should be able to return

Symptoms start or Positive test result (if no symptoms)

Earliest return Day (If 2 negative test results are received)

Latest return day (If your child continues to test positive after 5 days)

Monday

Monday of following week

Friday of following week

Tuesday

Monday

Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Monday

Thursday

Wednesday

Monday

Friday

Thursday

Tuesday

Saturday

Friday

Wednesday

Sunday

Monday

Thursday

Other children in your household can continue to attend school and do not need to isolate.

Why has the Government made these changes?

At present, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is the dominant strain. and we know that Omicron presents low risk to most children, young people and fully vaccinated adults.

Most people will only experience mild or asymptomatic illness (meaning they show no symptoms at all), which combined with the vaccination programme allows the Government to bring greater normality back into our lives.

We will continue to use the following measures to prevent the spread of Covid in school:

  • Good ventilation 
  • We will encourage good hand hygiene
  • We will follow any additional advice from local directors of public health

Letters to Parents 2021

Letter to Secondary Parents regarding Yr 11 & Yr 13 qualifications 12-03-21

Alton Close Letter to Parents September 2021

Beech Avenue Letter to Parents September 2021

 

More Information

Swindon Academy is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE). The school has issued guidelines to students and staff on frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.  Students are encouraged to wash their hands; before leaving home - on arrival at school - after using the toilet - after breaks and sporting activities - before preparing food - before eating any food, including snacks - before leaving school.   Children and staff are being encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. We are also ensuring that soap dispensers are topped up and there is an on-going supply of paper towels.  In addition, our housekeeping team are carrying out daily sanitising of all door handles, bannisters and handrails.

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Opening hours: 8am to 6pm- Monday to Friday)
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 

We have carried out risk assessments in order to be Covid-19 compliant.  These risk assessments can be accessed below.

Alton Close Risk Assement

Beech Avenue Primary Risk Assessment

Beech Avenue Secondary Risk Assessment

 

 


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