Useful information for parents and education providers
We have well-established processes in place to work closely with schools to respond to cases and ensure all infection prevention and control measuers are taken. Schools with confirmed positive cases communicate directly with parents and carers regarding any actions that need to be taken and any changes to school provision. Schools with confirmed cases are reported on the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Dorset Council websites.
Find out more about lateral flow testing for school staff, secondary school and college pupils and households and support bubbles of those attending school and college.
With children mixing together at school, it is likely that they are going to get seasonal colds and coughs but not all illnesses mean they must stay off school or self-isolate. Use our simple symptom checker at the bottom of this page to check whether your child needs to stay at home.
Remember the symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature (hot to touch on the back or chest)
- a new continuous cough (continuous cough is coughing consistently for a while and not just every now and again)
- a loss of or change to your taste or smell
Check the NHS website for more details on symptoms of COVID-19.
If a child has cold symptoms like a runny nose or sore throat, they can attend school if they are well enough, as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 and returning to school
|What to do if...||Action needed||Return to school...|
|....my child has COVID-19 symptoms||- Do not come to school|
- Contact school to inform them
- Self-isolate the whole household
- Inform school immediately about the test result
|...if the test comes back negative|
If a child tests positive for COVID-19 see row below
|....my child tests positive for COVID-19||- Do not come to school|
- Contact school to inform us
- Agree an earliest date for possible return (10 days after symptoms started)
- Self-isolate the whole household
|...10 days after symptoms started as long as they feel well. They can return after 10 days even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell as these symptoms can last for several weeks.|
|...my child tests negative||- Contact school to inform them|
- Discuss when your child can come back
...when the test comes back negative and your child feels well enough to return
If your child is attending school , we will be testing students using lateral flow Covid tests.
Please see relevant documents below:
Students will be tested on Monday or Tuesday of each week or the first day they come into school.
Tell someone how you are feeling - there are always people out there who want to help...
CHILDLINE - support for young people on just about any issue. 24 hour helpline 0800 111
CHAT HEALTH - NHS School Nurse anonymous text messaging service available to young people aged 11-19. For queries or concerns emotional health, physical health, sexual health, family, exams, relationships etc. This multi award winning NHS scheme is available to access Mon-Fri 8:30 -4:30 (not bank holidays). Helpline 07480635511
SAMARITANS - general support on a wide range off issues 116 123 free anytime from any phone
NHS WHERES YOUR HEAD AT- A useful source of information about wide-ranging mental health and wellbeing issues affecting teenagers, with links to sources of support
NATIONAL SELF-HARM NETWORK - Really useful site offering peer support and links to many other useful websites for a range of issues - also has useful downloads for distractions to use when feeling triggered and a discussion forum for support. Their Advice for Parents download is really helpful if you would like to talk to parents about self-harm and don't know where to start
SPACE YOUTH PROJECT- information and support groups for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25. Dorset based organisation with local groups. Helpline 07973 405280
INTERCOM TRUST - information and support with a helpline for LGBT people across the South West Helpline 0800 512 3010
YOUNG PEOPLE AND MENTAL HEALTH- a website outlining a range of mental health and wellbeing issues that affect young people with good information and links to other sources of support (also has a helpline for parents if they are worried and need advice)
EATING DISORDERS - Beat is the uk's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.
SOMETHING FISHY - useful source of information about a range of eating disorders, for young people and their parents.
CONCERNS ABOUT DRUG MISUSE- a confidential helpline and unbiased information for anyone worried about drug abuse
WORRIED ABOUT A FRIEND? - A website offering help to help you support friends who might me struggling emotionally
DEPRESSION- Students Against Depression offers comprehensive, award-winning information and resources to help identify low mood or depression and then find a way forward
SUICIDAL FEELINGS - an organisation dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. It offers a helpline, information and support for young people who might be feeling suicidal or are worried about a friend who may be suicidal.
CALM (Campaign against living miserably)- a website dedicated to preventing suicide in men of all ages with advice for supporting others who may be feeling suicidal.
This is a list of some of the organisations that can support students with mental health challenges.
|YoungMinds (youngminds.org.uk) is a great source of advice, resources, toolkits, reports and workshops for children and young people.|
|Kooth (kooth.com) An online community offering immediate, anonymous online support for children and young people.|
|Shout (giveusashout.org). Text 85258 to receive immediate support, or go online to access support, information and resources to support mental health.|
|The NHS – Every Mind Matters (nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters). Expert advice and practical ideas to help everyone look after their mental health. The website includes a special section for children and young people.|
|Head Ed (education.stem4.org.uk). Not only does Head Ed offer both quizzes, information and activities to help teenagers learn more about mental health independently, it also includes four free teaching modules for schools.|
|Place2Be (place2be.org.uk) offers student counselling, mental health support and training for primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales.|
|Mentally Healthy Schools (mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk) provides information, advice and resources for primary schools.|
|Mental Health Foundation – Make it Count (mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count). The site provides guides for teachers, students and parents/carers on understanding and protecting student mental health.|
|The Anna Freud Centre (annafreud.org) has published a booklet for primary and secondary schools to support staff in understanding how best to help children and young people in their care.|
|The Reintroduction Hub (thereintroductionhub.com). Teachers use the tool to assess children’s responses to the pandemic and to design personalised plans to support each child in their return to education.|