Welcome to The Discovery Academy COVID Information

This section of the Academy’s website has been specifically created to ensure that all information related to Covid-19 is in one easily accessible area. All communications home will be added here.

It also provides you with links to the most up-to-date information about Covid-19 in your area and support that is available within the community.

FAQs

How do I know if I need to isolate?

NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a lateral flow test daily for 7 days. We would encourage all individuals to take lateral flow tests if advised to do so.

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend The Academy who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend The Academy as normal.

If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in The Academy, or if your Academy is in an enhanced response area, some control measures need to be temporarily reintroduced.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

The DFE recommends that face coverings are worn by all staff and secondary school pupils only in classrooms, enclosed and crowded spaces such as dining halls & assemblies. Public transport and dedicated transport to The Academy. Primary school pupils do not have to wear face coverings.

What If I get symptoms of COVID19?

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab), even if the symptoms are mild. DO NOT ATTEND the Academy. The main symptoms include a fever, a new and continuous cough, or a loss of taste and smell.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop one or more of the main symptoms of Covid-19 you should get a PCR test. If you have symptoms you should isolate for 10 days from when they started. You may be able to leave self-isolation after 7 days if certain conditions are met.

If you have not had symptoms and tested positive on a lateral flow, you do not need to get a confirmation PCR test. And the 10 days starts from when you had the lateral flow positive test. You may be able to leave self-isolation after 7 days if certain conditions are met. You should not return until you receive 2 negative test results or your isolation period has finished.

If you are already at the Academy when you develop symptoms, you will be asked to go to an isolation room before going home to isolate and book a test.

You should inform the Academy of your test results as soon as you receive them.

If someone in your household develops symptoms

If someone within your household develops symptoms, and you are identified as a close contact you should take a lateral flow test daily for 7 days.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Please stay at home for the time recommended by the NHS and book a test here.

What is the latest government advice about education provision?

The latest government advice for parents/carers about early years provision, schools and colleges can be found here

Can I get financial support to care for a child who is isolating?

You may be eligible for a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 from your local authority if your child has been advised to self-isolate by their education or childcare setting (even where they have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace).

To be eligible, you must be either:

  • the parent or carer of a child that is aged 15 and under
  • the parent or carer of a young person aged 16 to 25 with an education health and care plan

You also need to:

  • be on a low income
  • be unable to work from home
  • be taking time off work to care for a child who is self-isolating
  • be living in England
  • meet the eligibility criteria

You do not require an NHS Test and Trace Account ID number in order to claim.

Further information on claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available.

Ask your nursery, childminder or school to provide you with a letter, detailing your child’s name and the dates of their isolation period. You will need to use this letter as supporting evidence as part of your application. You will not be able to apply for financial support without this letter.

When you apply to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme your local authority will contact your child’s nursery, childminder or school to verify the information you’ve supplied. This includes your child’s:

  • name
  • age
  • dates of self-isolation

This is a standard check against fraudulent claims, and may take place before or after a payment is made.

How do I know if I came into contact with the infected person?

NHS track and trace will contact you to advised if you have been identified as a close contact.

What does learning in the Academy look like?

We have made changes to our sites and to our teaching and learning to ensure that we keep all our community safe.

Whilst in the Academy, staff will practice social distancing from the students, wear face coverings in all areas of the Academy and stay within their bubbles and follow other signposted safety measures.

How will I be able to communicate with the Academy?

We encourage you to stay in touch with us / your child’s teacher as much as possible. This can be done through the following:

ParentMail
Emailing: info@thediscoveryacademy.co.uk or clicking on contact us
Calling the academy office on 01782 882100