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Additional school-related FAQ

Are teachers being tested regularly? If not, why?

At present there is no government policy to test teachers regularly. All school staff, including teachers, will be following guidance on how to stay safe while in school and instructed to stay home and get tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed e.g. been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

My child recently had a vaccination and now has a fever. How do we know if its COVID-19 related or not?

It is really important to make sure children get their childhood vaccinations according to the normal schedule. If your child has developed a fever after a recent vaccination you should contact your GP to determine if they need to stay home or can go to school.

What do I do if my child has to isolate at home?

If you and your family need to isolate because of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure you can get support with accessing groceries and supplies by calling the COVID-19 Helpline at 020 7473 9711 (1-7pm, 7 days a week) or emailing [email protected].

The COVID-19 Helpline can also provide advice on how to isolate properly, how to get tested, getting sick pay during your isolation period and more.

You should inform your school/college as soon as possible if you are self-isolating.

Am I, or my family, at higher risk of COVID-19 because of our Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background?

There is no evidence that ethnicity itself increases your risk of getting COVID-19. However, people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds were particularly affected by COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic for a variety of reasons that increased their risk of exposure such as having jobs that they could not do from home, pre-existing conditions and risk factors (e.g. diabetes) or living with extended family.

Newham Council is working with the NHS to reduce racism, inequality and risk factors for severe COVID-19 in all our communities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school or college to talk them through. You will also receive further public health guidance in a booklet that brings it all together for you.