We are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure The Malling School is as safe as possible for both our staff and students. Full NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
FAQs & guidance:
IMPORTANT: If your child has recently tested positive for COVID-19 (either a lateral flow test or a PCR test) or has any COVID-19 symptoms, please notify the school at your earliest convenience by completing our form below or contacting our attendance officer:
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are the recent onset of:
- high temperature and/or
- new continuous cough and/or
- loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test - this is the type of test that is normally available and can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. People who do not have symptoms or have not tested positive using a Lateral Flow Device should not request a PCR test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.
Remote learning for isolating students
In order to support students with their learning, whilst in isolation, subject teachers will contact students with instructions on how to access virtual learning. This may include links to live lessons with students in line with their normal timetabling. Teaching assistants will periodically contact students working at home to provide additional support.
Students also have immediate access to the Virtual School which contains folders for each subject where their teachers will upload work with instructions for students to complete at home where applicable. The Virtual School can be accessed through www.office.com, login with your usual username (e.g. 20NotherA@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk) and password then click on ‘TEAMS’.
If students require additional assistance or a laptop please contact the guidance team who will arrange this for you.
Full details of our ‘Remote Learning’ provision and how to access Teams can be found on the following page Remote Learning Page
Rapid-result (lateral flow) testing for students
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, ‘lateral flow’ tests will be offered to consenting staff and students, which will allow them to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing, we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school operational as safely as possible. Testing will take place in school periodically and students will also be provided with test kits so they can continue to self-test at home.
Those taking the test in school will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process. Results will be ready in 30 minutes and you will be contacted only if your child tests positive. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
Tests will only be administered if we have received consent which you can indicate through the link to the form below. Thank you to all parents and carers who have completed our consent form for Covid-19 Testing already.
If you are yet to complete the consent form for your child, please click the link below and fill out the short form – It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and will contribute towards protecting our wider school community.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.