COVID-19 Advice & Support
As you know, school has been very different in recent years but from September 2021 things have started to look more 'normal' as restrictions are lifted. However, we are still working under a COVID risk assessment and certain measures will still be in place. This will include the following:
Enhanced cleaning of the school and personal hygiene measures (as per Government guidance).
Ventilation in all areas occupied areas of the school (as per Government guidance).
Remote learning for pupils that have to isolate (due to COVID-19).
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers. Please continue to check this page as more information will be added and adaptations will be made as and when we receive updated guidance for schools from the Department for Education and Birmingham City Council.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What do I do if my child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19?
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) remain a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). A number of other symptoms such as headaches and sore throats have been reported with the Omicron strain but this is normally alongside one of the main three symptoms, particularly a fever.
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.
If the result is negative, the child can end self-isolation.
If the result is positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. People may now take LFD tests on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation (see diagram below). The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and tests MUST be taken 24 hours apart (no less than 24 hours). This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and your child does not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school.
Please note the following:
You must inform school if your child has a day 5 and day 6 negative result and is returning to school before the end of the 10 day isolation. Day 5 and Day 6 LFD test results should be reported online.
Unvaccinated adults are NOT able to do LFD testing to end isolation. They MUST complete a minimum of 10 days isolation.
It is no longer a requirement for anyone who is asymptomatic, and testing positive on an LFD test to have a confirmatory PCR. You should now self-isolate based upon the LFD test result.
What happens if me or my child are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case?
In line with NHS and Public Health guidance, the following is advice with regards to close contacts:
All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating.
If they test negative, they can continue to attend school that day.
If the child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. From Tuesday 11th January a positive LFD test does not need to be confirmed with a PCR test PROVIDING YOUR CHILD HAS NO SYMPTOMS, this is now taken as confirmation of a positive COVID-19 result.
If your child HAS SYMPTOMS, YOU WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO GET A CONFIRMATORY PCR TEST. Self-isolation guidance as detailed below must be followed.
Please inform school as soon as possible of a positive LFD or PCR result and report to NHS online.
Birmingham Public Health supports schools under certain circumstances requesting that siblings living in the same household as positive cases remain at home in order to stop the spread of COVID in the school setting.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website by clicking here. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 by clicking here or by phoning 111.
How do I stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading?
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards;
meet people outside and avoid crowded areas; open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside; wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places;
participate in LFD testing;
Keep symptomatic children, children that have tested positive and young siblings living in the same household as positive cases, at home to isolate. School will provide remote learning for any pupils who are at home due to COVID and well enough to learn.
Is the school well ventilated in order to protect pupils?
As per Government guidance, ALL areas of the school are ventilated as much as possible at ALL times. This includes the opening of classroom windows at all times, regardless of weather or temperature.
The heating will remain on as usual for this time of year but we advise that you send your children to school in additional layers of clothing. If appropriate clothing is worn, they will not get cold.
Are parents and visitors allowed into school?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
Parents who know the school well will be aware how much we enjoy having parents in school for events. However, the current situation with regards to COVID-19, specifically Omicron, does not allow for this. We continue to follow Birmingham Public Health and the UKHSA guidance which states that visitors should only be on site in an emergency or where a virtual alternative is not available.
By following this guidance, we were able to minimise cases of COVID in school and keep attendance high during the autumn term. Our greatest priority as an educational establishment is to keep children in school in order to educate them, socialise them and safeguard them.
We look forward to welcoming parents and visitors back into school as soon guidance allows.
Do I need to wear a face covering in and around school?
Everyone entering the school building is required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. If you are exempt, please ensure you wear your lanyard and make it visible at all times.
Wearing a face covering on the playground is strongly advised, but not required. This is your choice. You may find that some of our staff continue to wear face coverings outside - please do not be offended by this.
Does my child wear their P.E. kit to school on P.E. days?
For the 2021-2022 academic year, we are keeping arrangements regarding school uniform on P.E. days the same. We will keep this under review. Therefore, the following applies:
Reception / Year 1 / Year 2:
On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E.
On the days of Forest School sessions, normal school uniform should be worn but please send your child to school with wellies (place these in a bag and label each boot with your child’s name and class). Children will be provided with appropriate forest school clothing to cover their uniform.
Year 3 / Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6:
On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E.
On the days of Forest School sessions, pupils should come to school in suitable clothing for ‘all-weather’ sessions. This includes:
Warm clothing items (e.g. jogging bottoms, leggings, waterproof trousers and a warm jumper/sweatshirt).
A warm coat (e.g. a winter coat or a waterproof jacket).
A change of footwear (e.g. old trainers, boots, wellies). Send these in a separate bag so that they can be taken home at the end of the day.
*There is no need to buy new items for Forest School sessions.*
You will have been sent an email informing you of your child's P.E. and Forest School days when we returned to school in September.
Does my child have the opportunity to clean their hands frequently?
Hand washing and sanitising is scheduled throughout the day, including when the pupils arrive at school, after using shared resources, after visiting the toilet, and around lunchtimes for example.
Is the school still cleaned more often?
We still have increased capacity with our cleaning staff at the start and end of the school day, as well as cleaning taking place throughout the day. Shared resources and equipment is cleaned throughout the day, as are surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles.
My family needs support - what can I do?
Birmingham Children’s Partnership
Families are telling us about the many challenges they face, and their concerns as a direct result of Coronavirus; because of this, partners across Birmingham are connecting together to support families who want help and support.
There is a new service in Yardley District called Family Connect. This is for families who feel that they may need some support from professionals and you can access help by making a self-referral using the online form by clicking here.
The NHS in Birmingham is also offering confidential bereavement support to help children, young people and families who may be grieving the death of a friend or loved one. At the moment, many people are cut off from their usual support networks. If you and/or your family need help then please contact this service.
Local bereavement experts are available to offer support due to all types of loss and to people of all ages.
Simply call 0121 687 8010 for instant support.
The telephone opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Assistance can also be accessed via email at: email@example.com
Please remember that during term time there is always a Designated Safeguarding Leader on site at Yardley Primary School, who can be contacted via the school office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0121 464 3235.
I have worries and/or concerns about the welfare and wellbeing of children - what can I do?
If you have any worries and/or concerns about the welfare and wellbeing of children, please utilise the following agencies and websites for help and advice:
The Waiting Room - Birmingham and Solihull Health & Wellbeing services at your finger tips
Birmingham Children’s Trust - Birmingham Children’s Trust exists to make a positive difference for children, young people and families in the city. They work with the most disadvantaged children and young people of Birmingham and keep them safe, happy and healthy.
Birmingham City Council Child Protection and Safeguarding - Help for families from Birmingham City Council
Childline - Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support.
NSPCC - Get help and advice about a wide range of issues.
Internet Matters - The best advice and information available on tackling online safety issues, to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.
The Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) provides a single point of contact for members of the public who want to seek support or raise concerns about a child. Their contact details are:
Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:15pm
Friday: 8:45am to 4:15pm
Telephone: 0121 303 1888
Emergency out-of-hours telephone: 0121 675 4806
There is also always a Designated Safeguarding Leader on site at Yardley Primary School, who can be contacted via the school office by email on email@example.com or by phone on 0121 464 3235.