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Pupil Wellbeing

Covid 19 Guidance

If a pupil feels unwell

If pupil feels unwell and displays any Covid symptoms, they should not attend school and must self-isolate and book at PCR test. Symptoms may include a high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change in taste or smell.

 

Covid Testing

Please inform the school immediately if a pupil is being tested – please call the Attendance Line on 028 9075 4761. The pupil must not return to school until the test result is received.

If a positive test result is received, please notify the school immediately on 028 9074 0423 or by emailing info@bfsra.belfast.ni.sch.uk

If a negative test result is received, please call the Attendance Line on 028 9075 4761 to confirm the result and that the pupil is returning to school, provided they are well and have not had symptoms for 48 hours.

 

Close Contacts

From Friday 10th September 2021, when the Public Health Agency Contact Tracing Service (CTS) contacts a confirmed COVID-19 case associated with a school (either a pupil or staff member), they will ask for their support (or that of their parent or guardian) in identifying their close contacts.

Those identified as close contacts by this process will be contacted by the PHA CTS by phone or text, advised they have been identified as a close contact and directed to advice on self-isolation and testing (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolating). Parents will be encouraged to inform the school of their child’s positive test or identification as a close contact as part of routine absence reporting.

  • If a pupil (age 18+) is fully vaccinated (more than 14 days since the second vaccine dose was received), they do not need to self-isolate for 10 days. Instead, they should get a PCR test on day two and day eight of the 10-day period.
  • If a pupil aged 11 – 18 who is not vaccinated and is identified as a close contact, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test is negative, they can end their self-isolation and should arrange to take another PCR test eight days after the last known contact.
  • If a pupil who is fully vaccinated (18+) OR under the age of 18, and has evidence of a positive PCR test within 90 days of the date of contact and has completed their 10 days of self-isolation, there is no need for the pupil to begin a new period of self-isolation and no need to book PCR tests.
  • If a pupil who is a close contact develops symptoms at any time, they should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test and inform the school Attendance Line.
  • If the PCR test is positive, the pupil is now a confirmed case and should complete a period of 10 days’ isolation in line with guidance from the PHA. Please notify the school immediately on 028 9074 0423 or by emailing info@bfsra.belfast.ni.sch.uk
 

PHA Covid Guidance for Schools

Please see below a guidance flowchart for close contacts of a Covid case in a school setting that has been issued by the PHA.

From this, you can see that if a pupil has no symptoms and has not had a previous positive PCR test in the last 90 days, the PHA advice is that the pupil should stay at home and book a PCR test immediately.

 

Face Coverings

The Executive has agreed that the requirement for ALL post-primary pupils to wear a face covering in classrooms, corridors and communal areas would apply until 8 October. We are aware that a number of pupils are exempt from wearing face coverings and we maintain a list of these pupils. If your child is exempt and you have not previously communicated this to the School, please email your child’s name to the General Office for the attention of Mr M Wilson, Deputy Principal. Face coverings must also be worn on public transport and also on the BRA buses transporting pupils to and from Roughfort Playing Fields. Any adult visiting the school must wear a face covering and report to the main School Office.

 

Social Distancing from Staff

Pupils are asked to respect the 2m social distancing requirements between themselves and the member of staff where possible. Most classrooms will have an area around the teacher’s desk identified with tape and pupils should not move into the teacher’s area.

 

Existing Controls

Existing measures to reduce the spread of infection will remain in place including:

  • Pupils are encouraged to use hand sanitiser on entry to each building;
  • Pupils will follow the one-way system;
  • Pupils are encouraged to practice good hygiene including washing their hands frequently and using a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Rooms will be well ventilated;
  • Rooms will be fogged each evening and high frequency touch points cleaned on a daily basis;
  • Pupils should come into school on days when they have timetabled PE/Games or extra-curricular sport wearing their PE/Games kit to minimise the use of changing rooms;
  • Bi-weekly lateral flow testing for those pupils who volunteer to receive the testing kits.

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