Brentside High School ensures that provision is in line with the latest government guidance (DfE guidance)
We maintain a risk assessment based on the borough and government guidance.
The school governors have approved the school’s risk assessment which has been undertaken to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus to all students and staff on return to school. The school’s updated risk assessment can be found below.
The school has also produced a set of frequently asked questions to help explain some of the aspects of the risk assessment in more detail. This can be downloaded from the link below. It also provides lost of information for parents, carers, students and staff about what to do in a range of situations related to COVID and how to reduce our risk.
A guide produced by Ealing Local Authority to support your child's return to school can be found here.
Students and staff who display symptoms of Coronavirus must not attend school. Anyone who becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius), or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, must stay at home and arrange to have a test using the Government website or by phoning NHS 119. A Lateral Flow Device is not designed for people with symptoms; you must book a PCR test.
If you have any concerns about your child attending school, please contact your child’s Year Leader by telephoning the school, emailing direct or to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find contact details for staff on the contact us section of the website.
Parents and carers are respectfully reminded that as part of our risk assessment, only those with prior arrangements will be permitted access to the school site.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
- Government guidance for parents and carers
- Translation of guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
- Supporting Students to Access Remote Learning
The films linked on this page explain for students, parents and carers, how to access some of the tools Brentside are using to support remote and in-school learning.
Advice to Parents - Frequently Asked Questions
This information is based on DfE guidance as well as adopting a cautious approach to protect all in the school community
If a parent calls the school to report a positive lateral flow test for their child…
The child should self-isolate and take a PCR test. While they are waiting for the test result, they should self-isolate at home.
If the PCR test is positive, the child must self-isolate for 10 days – this is the law. The family must tell the school.
If family members are fully vaccinated or under 18 and 6 months, they do not need to self-isolate. However, the government advises that they should take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms because they are at greater risk of catching the virus.
NHS Test and Trace will get in touch with any close contacts and families should act upon their advice.
If others in the household have only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, they will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days. They should take a PCR test but even if this is negative, they still have to complete this self-isolation period because they are more at risk of being infected.
If the PCR test is negative, the child can return to school.
If a parent reports a positive lateral flow test from someone else in the family…
The household member should be advised to take a PCR test. Every member of the family is also advised to take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms.
However, children (under 18) and fully vaccinated adults in the family do not have to self-isolate if someone in the household has symptoms or tests positive.
If the member of the household with the positive LFD test has a positive PCR test but the child (who has taken the PCR) tests negative – the child does not need to self-isolate. This also applies to all fully vaccinated adults who test negative in the PCR test.
If a parent reports a positive PCR test for their child…
The child must self-isolate for 10 days if the PCR test is positive. The government says that those living in the same household should take a PCR test as they are at higher risk of being infected even if they do not have symptoms.
However fully vaccinated adults living with the child and other children (under 18) do not need to self-isolate.
If there are members of the household who are not fully vaccinated, they should self-isolate for 10 days even if their PCR test is negative.
If a parent reports a positive PCR test for someone in the family…
Fully vaccinated adults/parents and children (under 18) do not need to self-isolate if one member of the family has a positive PCR test. The government says that others in the household should take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms. If your child has only mild symptoms/has had symptoms at some point in the last few days, if someone in the house tests positive, your child should remain at home whilst awaiting their PCR test result.
If this PCR test is positive, the child should self-isolate for 10 days. If a child or another member of the family has symptoms they should take a PCR test and wait for the result at home and then follow the guidelines for self-isolation for 10 days if positive.
If a parent reports symptoms of a child…
The child should not come to school if they have symptoms. They should take a PCR test and wait for the result at home. If it is negative, the child returns to school. If it is positive, the child self- isolates for 10 days. In all cases, the parent should inform the school of the result.
If the child’s PCR test is positive, family members who are fully vaccinated or under 18 and 6 months, do not need to self-isolate. However, the government says that they should take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms.
If a parent reports symptoms of a family member…
The family member should be advised to take a PCR test and wait at home for the result (a Lateral Flow Test is not enough if someone has symptoms as that is only for asymptomatic people). If the PCR is positive, fully vaccinated adults and children (under 18) who live in the household do not need to self-isolate however they should take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms as they are a greater risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.