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Absence

Absence

Illness and Medical Appointments

If your child is unwell please call the school office before 0900 on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence.

For relevant guidance please see the government policy for health protection in schools and other childcare facilities. This useful document includes a table detailing the exclusion periods required for various infections.

Symptoms of CV19 and Absence - Current Policy

Symptoms of CV19 and Absence

Updated 15/09/21

Please see the revised arrangements below – effective immediately:

All staff and parents are advised to use the Corona Warn App.

Signs and Symptoms

If a staff member or child has any of the following symptoms:

  • A new cough
  • A high temperature (37.5+)
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rhinitis (blocked nose) with sore throat
  • Headache and aching limbs
  • General weakness

The person in question should not come to school.  Due to the difficulties in recognising covid and for the general wellbeing of our school we ask that ill children remain at home even if Covid has been ruled out.  When you inform us of your child’s illness we will normally discuss your circumstances.  A child who is ill with any of the above symptoms should have a Covid test, ideally PCR to rule out or confirm Covid.  Parents are required to inform the school of any positive test regardless of test type.  There are arrangements we must put into place and waiting for confirmation tests could put someone at risk.  Vacinated or recovered children/staff are able to return to school when they are no longer symptomatic.    

The German authorities expect parents to keep the school informed about the absence and the outcome of any medical examination.  

According to the instructions, all members of your household should isolate for 14 days from when the person in your home started having symptoms, or until a test confirms them negative and no other household member has symptoms.

If you are refused a test and would like one please let our office know. 

There are a range of test centres available close to or in Ramstein.  If you are not sure where to go please contact our office.  

 

The approach (being required to stay off school) may be modified based on clinical assessment and/or results (eg, a doctors note) that are shared and discussed with the school prior to a child or staff member returning.  

 

What if my child just has a seasonal cold?

CV-19 can present in a number of different ways. We are currently operating a ‘low threshold approach’ to illness. In addition to CV19 symptoms, please do not send your child to school if they have:

 

  • A cold,
  • Sore throat (if this includes a blocked nose consult a doctor),
  • Aching limbs and/or headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Children with above symptoms may return once they are well.

Additionally if your child has had to take medications in the last 24hrs (such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin) which may mask symptoms of infection please discuss this with the office prior to bringing them to school.

What are the objectives of these measures?

We are aiming to protect our staff, children and operational output during the ongoing pandemic by keeping the school as open as possible. We are also seeking to protect any members of our community who are more vulnerable.  Thank you for your continued vigilance and support with this.  

Other sources of information can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/915553/Symptomatic_children_action_list_SCHOOLS.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#symptoms

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Situation What should be done
I have tested positive / my child has tested positive what should I do? Positive results from home tests should be confirmed by a test from a registered test centre.  A guide is available here.  RLP offer a full FAQ here that can be translated if viewed via Chrome.
Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone now showing CV19 symptoms. That household member needs to isolate and test if they are Not Vacinated or Recovered (NVR).  Please call to discuss individual circumstances if you feel there may be even a slight risk of an infection chain developing.
Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.

 

The other household member will need to test if they are NVR.  Secondary contacts who attend school may continue to attend school and will be asked to test daily for 5 days or until the case is confirmed as negative.  This will be the case regardless of whether the other household member is NVR or VR.  This is intended to mitigate for the risk of crossinfection.

 

A member of our household has returned from a risk area or area of variant risk.

The traveller must follow the German guidance (view in Chrome).   If the child has returned from a variant risk area please consult the guidance.  Early release using a test may not be possible.

If the return is from a standard risk area a test (from a test centre) can be obtained after 5 days.  If the test is negative then the individuals can return to school.  The rest of the household can continue to attend school unless the traveller develops suspicious symptoms.  

The person showing symptoms should speak with a physician to determine whether any measures are necessary.  The family should stay off school until the physician is consulted and should continue to stay off school if a test is ordered.  If the result is negative they can return to school.

Can I use a home test kit to test out?

In most cases we will only accept the results of tests from recognised centres for children to return to school. 

In the case of a contact taking place in the child’s class parents may be asked to test at home for 5 days following the contact.  Please discuss individual circumstances with our office.

 

Non-Medical/Illness Absence

To request a period of absence not due to illness, please complete the form below.  This form applies from FS1-Y6.  

Ideally requests should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the absence.  The Head or Assistant Head Teacher may want to meet with you to discuss the absence prior to making a decision.  Please provide as much information on the form as possible to support a swift decision.  

Please note: Visits to new schools are generally approved as long as the shortest possible time of visit is arranged and options to visit during holiday periods have been fully explored.  

Remote Learning Arrangements

If your child is in good health but is off school due to our CV19 policy we provide enhanced remote support.  This is accessed via Seesaw and our remote learning hubs (password required) and includes activties set and reviewed by the teachers.  Please phone our office if you need support accessing these areas.

If your child is ill we do not routinely provide remote support for learning.

If your child is absent for exeptional reasons, and the absence has been notified via our form below, we will provide you, on direct request to the class teacher, with additional reading books and guidance.