COVID-19 Advice & Support

From 1st April 2022, the Government's 'Living with COVID' plan moved into its final phase. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.

This advice and support page outlines the actions school leaders should take to manage COVID-19 in their school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Birmingham City Council Public Health Department.

We are working under COVID-19 guidance 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).


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.

Updated 7th April 2022

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

UPDATED! What do I do if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are similar to colds and flu:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • shortness of breath

  • feeling tired or exhausted

  • an aching body

  • a headache

  • a sore throat

  • a blocked or runny nose

  • loss of appetite

  • diarrhoea

  • feeling sick or being sick


It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.


Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:

  • have a high temperature

  • do not feel well enough to go to school or do their normal activities

They can go back to school when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.

If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school.

Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues.

Most children who are unwell will recover in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.


You must always inform school of your child's illness.

UPDATED! What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. You must always inform school of your child's illness.

Children and young people who usually go to school and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

UPDATED! What happens if my child is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case?

Children who attend school and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend as normal.

If they are a contact of someone with COVID-19 but do not live with them or did not stay in their household overnight, they are at lower risk of becoming infected.

You can reduce the risk to other people by taking the following steps:

  • avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19, especially those whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, despite vaccination

  • limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser

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):

  • get vaccinated;

  • 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 you can when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places;

  • Keep symptomatic children and children that have tested positive at home to isolate. School will provide remote learning for any pupils who are at home due to COVID and well enough to learn.


Further information is available on the NHS website by clicking here.

UPDATED! What do I about remote learning if my child is absent due to circumstances relating to COVID-19?

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age.

In exceptional circumstances, when in-person attendance is not possible, school will consider providing remote education to pupils. This will be done on a case-by-case and parents must contact the school office for further information.

Is the school well ventilated in order to protect pupils?

Yes.

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.

UPDATED! Are parents and visitors allowed into school?

Parents who know the school well will be aware how much we enjoy having parents in school for events. 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 and hope that this will be during the summer term. Details to follow.

UPDATED! Do I need to wear a face covering in and around school?

The wearing of facemasks is now a personal choice. However, whilst cases remain so high, we would ask that parents and visitors are thoughtful and wear masks in school if they are able.

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?

Yes.

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?

Yes.

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.

If you feel that you and/or your family needs any additional support, visit the Birmingham Children's Partnership website here.


Family Connect

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.


Bereavement Support

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: support@crusebirmingham.co.uk


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 office@yardleyprimary.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 office@yardleyprimary.org or by phone on 0121 464 3235.