• If a child/staff member or someone they live with displays symptoms at home, they must not come to school. 
  • If a child/staff member displays symptoms at school, we will send them home. 

Main symptoms-  

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • a high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

For more information please read- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 

The NHS has provided a symptoms checker at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

What to do if you have symptoms 

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. 
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. 

Please visit the website below to book a test. You can choose-  

  • at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow 
  • with a home test kit 

It is important that everyone in the household is tested.  


If you do not have access to the internet- please call 119 and they will organise a test for you. If you are having any difficulties with this- please contact the school and we will be able to support you.  

How long should you self-isolate for? 

You will need to stay at home until you receive a negative test result.  

If you have not had a test, you need to stay at home for 10 days, starting from the day you have had symptoms. If anyone in your household has symptoms, you need to stay at home for 14 days, unless you have a negative test result before.

If you receive a positive test result, you need to isolate for 10 days, starting from the day of your first symptom. 


What we will do in case of a positive Covid-19 test?

If a child or adult tests positive for Covid-19, we will immediately inform Public Health England (PHE). PHE will ask us a number of questions about the measures we are using to control the spread of the virus. They will also take into account the local context and any local infections that have been reported.  

PHE will then direct us to do one of a number of things:  

  • We may send home small groups of children in a year group for remote learning for 14 days  
  • We may be directed to send home a class “bubble” for remote learning for 14 days  
  • We may be directed to send home a year group for remote learning for 14 days  
  • We may be directed to close the whole school and move to remote learning for 14 days.  

As soon as we are directed to do one of the above measures, we will contact you by letter and text message. In order to contain the infection, we will send pupils home from school immediately. I hope you understand the need for us to act quickly should this happen. If you have any issues with us sending your child home before the end of the school day in the event of a full or partial closure, for instance if you would prefer to collect them please contact the school office (info@arkelvinacademyacademy.org) with your child’s name and their year group and we will arrange for you to be called directly before they are sent home.