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Coronavirus Advice and Information

Update from Primary Headteacher meeting - 16th October 2020

  • It is a legal requirement to isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms began if you receive a positive test.
  • It is a legal requirement to isolate for 10 days if you are contacted and told to self-isolate by Test and Trace.
  • It is a legal requirement to isolate for 10 days if a member of your household / support bubble tests positive.
  • It is a legal requirement to isolate for 10 days when you are sent home from school because you are identified as a close or direct contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • In addition, you should isolate if someone in your household/support bubble exhibits Covid symptoms and they should get a test.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue.
  • In Liverpool city region, from Wednesday, 14 October it is illegal to meet with other households, unless they are your constant support bubble.


Failure to self-isolate can result in a fine, up to £10,000.00;

Parents/Carers are legally responsible for ensuring that anyone under 18 self-isolates.

The Government have recently announced that we have moved from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:


To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care, the Department for Education and the Government has introduced new guidance in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms appeared as advised.
  • Arrange for testing via or or call 119. 
  • All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.


The symptoms are:


  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 10 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.


For daily updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please click on the link below: 


You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.