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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice & Information

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Accessing a test


The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. You will need a pre-booked appointment or you will not be given a test. You can also order home test kits to be sent directly to you. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit here:


Only request a test if you or your family household members are displaying coronavirus symptoms.


Coronavirus - what you need to know!

Click here to access an information blog from Public Health England 


Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone


Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.


The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.


How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Click here to watch this short NHS film for guidance.


Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: Click here


Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.


Regular updates will be sent via SZapp and published on the website in 'Letters Home'. School are following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education (DfE). 


Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.


Where to find the latest information:


Click here to access the DfE stay at home guidance.


Updates on COVID-19:


Click here to see the full details of Covid-19 testing to all essential workers and members of their households who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. 

Pupil Absence Guide - COVID-19