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This page is designed to update parents about Coronavirus - Covid 19, so that we can provide links to the latest information from the Government, including any advice to schools.

We will also include on this page, any information regarding The Firs and our response to the ongoing situation.

Where to find the latest information:

Updates on COVID-19:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Government Guidance for schools:

Actions for schools

DfE Helpline:

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling: 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Government Coronavirus updates:

Coronavirus action plan

Symptoms to watch out for:

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • 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

In addition the CBC Local Health Team have advised that additional symptoms that may be an early warning sign  of Covid 19 in children include:

  • an upset stomach
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • experiencing unusual fatigue

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Children are likely to become infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) at roughly the same rate as adults, but the infection is usually mild.

Responding to a suspected case of Coronavirus.

If anyone has any of the symptoms above they should self-isolate at home.

NHS advice on when people do and do not need to self-isolate:

NHS - When to self isolate.

Government 'Stay at Home' guidance:

Stay At Home Guidance For Households With Possible Covid Infection

A coronavirus test (or vaccination appointment) can be booked here: 

Book a Coronavirus test

Firs Lower School Updates:

1. Letter from Director of Public Health 2/11/21. (See below)

2. Letter setting out response from The Firs to the letter from CBC - 2/11/21. (See below)

3. Update letters sent to Pine parents and a general letter to all parents - 24/11/21

4. Update letters sent to Y3 parents and a general letter to all parents - 13/12/21

5. Updated LA Flowchart - 30/12/21

6. Update in newsletter 1 Spring 22 - Change to self-isolation rules and flowchart in point 5 above sent out - follow link to download newsletter. 7/1/22

7. General letter sent to update parents about the high levels of pupil and staff absence due to Covid, being experienced currently by the school, with some information on the steps we are taking to try and minimise infection. LA 'Warn and Inform' update letters sent to YR, Y2 and Y4 parents / carers also. 24/1/22.

8. LA 'Warn and Inform' letter sent to Y1.

Useful links:

1. School Nursing service:

2. Information and Support for Parents and Carers document, produced by CBC is available for download... see below.

3. A very useful webpage is available, coordinated by CAMH that gives a selection of materials available online to support mental health and well-being generally and during the lockdown specifically. Also a useful document from the World Health Organisation, See document 'helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf' and link below: