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Coronavirus, School Closure & Parent Support

Berkswich CE Primary is open to all pupils; we continue to adhere to strict COVID-19 safety measures and respond swiftly to government advice and guidance.


In the event of any outbreaks we will follow the guidance from Staffordshire Local Authority, Public Health England and implement steps from the DfE COVID-19 Contingency Framework (June 2021).


Please continue to check emails and schoolcomms communications for the latest school news and updates. Further information and links may be found by clicking on the stars below.


We urge all parents to adhere strictly to the government guidelines below to ensure the safety of all children, staff and families. 


Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms. Alert school immediately if your child who is in attendance at school contracts coronavirus or someone in your household does. (Please email the school office and Ms Jackson).


Stay at home and keep your away from school if you or anyone in your household have either:


  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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)
  • 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


Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.


  • get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible

  • anyone you live with must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result

  • anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result

  • All adults within a household should engage with Lateral Flow Device Testing twice weekly or access PCR testing through the community


  • If you test positive (you have coronavirus):

  • self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started 

  • anyone you live with must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started

  • anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started


If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Please visit the NHS website to view more advice about staying at homeFurther advice can be found by clicking here.  



Handwashing advice


The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Click on the pencil link below for further information. 

Advice from Public Health England - Stay at Home due to coronavirus symptoms