Cardwell Primary School


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It is vitally important to keep our community safe, if your child or anyone in your household has symptoms, your whole household must isolate for 10 days from the day the first person in your household started having symptoms or has a positive test. 

Please see letter regarding reopening of schools.

Parent Letter - Opening to All Children September Update

Cardwell Primary School Risk Assessment:

Risk Assessment COVID-19 Updated September 2021

Contingency Plan COVID-19 Updated September 2021


Further information from the government can be found by clicking below: 

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Thank you for your continued support.    


      Mrs Lazell                                                Mr Dunbabin

Executive Headteacher                                  Head of School

If you have any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms or a member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms, all members must isolate.

In order to support us to keep our community safe and bubbles open, if a member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms, all family members must isolate. All household members must isolate until a test is taken and results confirm that the unwell individual does not have Covid-19. The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • A high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal We appreciate your ongoing support with this. If you would like guidance on an individual basis, please do contact the school. 

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate immediately if:

  • You have any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
  • You've tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus.
  • Someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive.
  • Someone in your childcare or support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
  • Someone in your childcare or support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
  • You've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • You have arrived in England from abroad (not including Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or other parts of the UK) – See GOV.UK: how to quarantine when you arrive in England.

How long to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone. Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.

If someone you live with tests positive, your self-isolation period includes the day their symptoms started (or the day they had the test, if they do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if you do not get any symptoms. If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating you will need to get tested and if your test is negative, keep self-isolating for the rest of the 10 days. If your test is positive, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started. This will mean you're self-isolating for more than 10 days overall.

 Get tested for Coronavirus

There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus. The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.

The 2 main tests are:

  • PCR tests – For people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked.
  • Rapid LFD tests – Only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a possible result in 30 minutes.

If the school suggested someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 then you should get tested. Please only use the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and not Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test. The school will not accept a test result if it is a Lateral Flow Device Test (LFD) therefore you will still need to isolate for 10 days unless a polymerase chain reaction test is negative. 

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 14 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.  

Request For Absence During Covid-19

Holidays are not permitted during term time unless in exceptional circumstances. All request for special leave should be made in writing two weeks in advance. The Public Health England has updated the guidance for educational settings regarding travelling during the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

If you have travelled within the last 14 days please follow the guidelines before returning to school. Please DO NOT return your child to school, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you visit somewhere that is not exempt in the 14 days before you arrive. Please check the following information:

Guidance Coronavirus Travel Corridors UpdateAsymptomatic Testing in Primary Schools 25.02.2021