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COVID related absence guidance Download icon FAQs Accessing work whilst self-isolating Privacy notices

From Friday 1 April, the Department for Education has updated their guidance to clarify what actions staff and students should take if feeling unwell or after testing positive for COVID-19: Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) External link icon

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The latest advice is that:  

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

This means that there is no longer a requirement to test on day 5/6 to return to school.

These changes are part of the Government’s Living with COVID plan, which aims to manage the virus like other respiratory infections. This has been made possible largely thanks to the successful vaccination programme, increased immunity and an improved understanding about how to manage risk.

LFT results can still be reported to the college and to NHS Track and Trace.  Results to the college can be submitted via TestRegister.co.yk  via the link on the email sent to the primary email address linked to each student.  The links provided are linked to individual student's and cannot be shared.  The privacy notice can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? - a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature), a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, shortness of breath, feeling tired or exhausted, an aching body, a headache, a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or feeling sick / being sick.  The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
  • Why is testing important? - Knowing who has COVID-19 is vital to stopping its spread.  Alongside all the other measures we are taking to control the virus, it will help us to keep our communities safe and well and keep our college open.
  • What is the TestRegister? - It is a secure website that allows schools to monitor the frequency of LFTs being completed at home and immediately informs us if a positive case is logged. The website sends email prompts to both parents and students.  These reminders are sent automatically on a Sunday and Wednesday and we would also encourage you to set a reminder at home, particularly if you do not check your emails regularly.
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Accessing work whilst self-isolating

To assist any student who are self-isolating whilst they are waiting for COVID test results or have tested positive, we have collated all of our curated lesson resources on Google Classrooms “hub” pages.

Every student can access Google Classroom hubs using their @henrycort.co.uk email. Staff regularly reference the website during lessons, so we expect students to be aware of what they are learning and where they can find it.

Students have been regularly shown how to use this as part of their IT lessons, and throughout the lockdowns. Our new Year 7’s have also had additional IT lessons every week since September that reinforce these skills. 

Your child should be able to show you how work is accessed by clicking on the hub class and selecting the classwork option.  Most of our resources are in the form of voiced over PowerPoints*, along with supporting worksheets. If self-isolating students should email this work to their teachers once complete or print it off and bring it into school when they return. We would recommend parents also ask to be shown this work to check themselves.

If your child tells you, they are not aware of how to access work, or they know nothing about it, please double-check this is honest first.  If further guidance is needed please either call into the IT helpdesk or email them itsupport@henrycort.org

Limited access to IT and the internet is not an acceptable excuse for non completion of work, as the college will loan equipment as necessary.  Please note that homework is still set in the tradition way using ClassCharts, and Google Classrooms is being used as a repository for work that is being delivered in college.

* To enable narration these presentations will need to be downloaded and opened in Microsoft office external link icon.

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UPDATED: 12 April 2022

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