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 Covid-19 Update 

Face Coverings

Effective Monday 17th May, new advice applies to the use of face coverings by staff and pupils in schools in England. The guidance on face coverings has been updated to reflect these changes. Face coverings are now no longer mandatory for pupils in classrooms. However, the guidance also states that face coverings for pupils and staff may be advised in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.

Due to the current surge testing in the IG postcode, the policy remains that a face covering must be worn in internal communal areas and classrooms when social distancing cannot be maintained. Please see our Risk Assessment for full details.

Face Coverings in Schools: How to Make it Work

Here is some guidance for your son/daughter, as they will need to wear a face covering when moving through shared areas at school.

We have decided to introduce this measure because we feel it’s appropriate to keep everyone safe at school, based on the latest guidance.

Face coverings worn on the school site must be plain and sensible and must not have inappropriate pictures or designs, such as skulls or skeletons, on them. They must cover the mouth and nose only and in no circumstances must the upper part of the face or eyes be covered.

For Answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here

Local Authority Information

The London Borough of Redbridge has provided the Coronavirus Information Hub, in different languages, to support residents.

London Borough of Redbridge Information Hub

What to Do if  you Think Your Child has Covid-19

Please remember that although we do want all students to continue to attend school, we ask for your support in continuing to keep all our students and staff safe.

Students MUST NOT come into school if they are exhibiting any of the three key symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to the touch on their chest or back or has a temperature above 38C;
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If they usually have a cough, it may be noticeably worse than usual; 
  • loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

If a student displays these symptoms while in school, they will be isolated from others and parents/carers will be asked to collect them and arrange a test without delay.  

Coronavirus Related Absence Quick Reference Guide – March 2021

What to do if ….

Action needed ….

Return to School when ….

The student has Coronavirus symptoms:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change, in their normal sense of taste or smell
  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise
  • Self-isolate the whole household
  • Get a test – https: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or ring NHS helpline on 111
  • Inform the School immediately once test result received

The test comes back negative and the student feels well

The student tests positive for Coronavirus

  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise
  • Continue to self-isolate (whole household)
  • Inform the School immediately once test result received

After the 10 days of self-isolation and the student feels better even if they have a cough or lack of taste or smell, as the symptoms can last a few weeks one the infection has gone

Someone in our household has Coronavirus symptoms

(including siblings in the School/other schools)

  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise
  • Self-isolate the whole household
  • Household member with symptoms must get a test
  • Inform the School immediately once test result received

The household member’s test is negative and nobody has symptoms

Someone in the household tested positive for Coronavirus

  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise
  • Self-isolate for 10 days (whole household) from the date the first person became ill

The student has completed the 10 days of self- isolation and has not developed symptoms

NHS Test & Trace has identified the student as a close  contact of someone who has tested positive

  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise
  • Self-isolate for 10 days

The student has completed the 10 days of self- isolation and has not developed symptoms

The student had travelled into the UK from a country that is not an exempt country and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

  • Do not come into School
  • Contact the School to advise as per the Attendance Policy
  • Self-isolate for 10 days

The student has completed the 10 days of quarantine and the student/household member has not developed symptoms

When to Isolate

Parents must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The student should self-isolate for 10 days and their siblings and other members of the household for 10 days, until there is either:

  • a negative test result;
  • a doctor’s note explaining that the symptom is not COVID-19 (e.g. the cough is not a “new” cough – i.e. is typical of the child’s pre-existing health condition). 

Track and Trace 

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Test results must be shared with the school as soon as the outcome is known. For further advice, please contact 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk.  

NHS Test and Trace has written fact sheet for parents, carers and young people 16 and over to explain how the Test and Trace app works.  

What Happens in School if there is a Case of Covid-19?

Whilst every case is different and the exact action will depend on the particular circumstances, below are some examples of the likely action the school will take:

  • Particular groups of pupils being sent home to isolate
  • A whole class is sent home to isolate
  • A whole Year Group is sent home to isolate

Where necessary, we will communicate with parents whose children will need to isolate because of them being in close proximity with a peer who has tested positive. 

We have made significant changes to how the school operates during the day, which includes:

School Infection Control Measures

  • A Covid-19 Risk Assessment.  Please see below
  • Sanitation Stations installed throughout the school
  • Wearing face coverings in communal places
  • Operating a one way system throughout the school which encourages social distancing
  • Establishing extensive cleaning and hygiene regimes, particularly in practical subjects, which involve equipment.  We regularly have the premises cleaned throughout the course of the day, this includes regular sanitation of communal spaces such a toilets and Break Out area for the pupils.  We also ensure that touched surfaces are sanitised, regularly
  • Separate entrances and exits for different Year Groups
  • Staggered Lunch and Break Times for Year Group ‘Bubbles’
  • Set areas for Year Group ‘Bubbles’ at Break and Lunch, with allocated indoor and outdoor areas
  • We promote good respiratory hygiene with 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it'
  • Encouraging Students to clean/sanitise their hands thoroughly more often than usual
  • Increased use of double periods to minimise movement
  • Staggered end times for Year Group ‘Bubbles’

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Other Measures in Place

Further Advice

London Borough of Redbridge Coronavirus Information Hub: 


London Borough of Redbridge Wellbeing Service

The Department of Education Cornonavirus (Covid-19) helpline is available to answer questions relating to education and children's social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Guidance for educational settings: 






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Valentines High School
Cranbrook Road, Ilford
Essex, IG2 6HX

Tel: 020 8554 3608

Headteacher | Mr R Laws
8.00am to 4.30pm