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Living With Covid-19

As we learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), there are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. Keep safe by reading the information on the gov.uk website. 


If your child tests positive for Covid-19, do NOT send them to school. They must isolate in accordance with Public Health advice on When to self isolate and what to do.


From the 1st April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to stay at home and to avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be three days.  

Know the Symptoms of COVID-19

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • 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
  • a 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

If you have any of these symptoms, you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. 

How to Reduce the Spread of Infection

If you have COVID-19, there is a high risk that others in your household will catch it from you. There are several things you can do to reduce the spread of infection in your household.

  1. Limit close contact with others. Spend as little time as possible in communal areas.

  2. Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces and shared rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.

  3. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, particularly after coughing and sneezing.

  4. Get help where possible from those you live with. Ask for help with cleaning and being brought food safely to avoid unnecessary contact.

  5. Use a face covering if you need to spend time in shared spaces.

  6. Keep rooms well ventilated.

  7. Catch coughs and sneezes in disposable tissues and put them straight in the bin. 

20211207 reducing household transmision 1 .pdf

 Risk Assessment 

The Risk Assessment below shows the measures that the school has in place. 

covid risk assessment 18 04 22 v3.pdf


 Sources of Support

 Further Advice and Information 

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: Guidance for Educational Settings