Coronavirus

Stay at home if you or anyone in your household develops symptoms and book a test (online: click here or call 119). You must follow the government's 'Stay at home' guidance. 

Please telephone school (850736) to provide information about the person with symptoms in your house (date started, symptoms etc). If it is a weekend, please email head@mossgate.lancs.sch.uk or private Facebook message the school page. 

What measures do I need to take? 

  • Keep 2m+ apart when on the playground.
  • Wash your hands when leaving / returning home.
  • Wear a mask, which covers your nose and face. (This does not apply to those who are exempt from wearing masks in shops etc.) 

School continues to be open for all children. Children of all ages can catch the infection, but children make up a very small proportion of coronavirus cases. Children also have a much lower risk of developing symptoms or severe disease. We have a number of measures in place to reduce the risk to children and staff, which includes: cleaning hands more thoroughly and frequently, good respiratory hygiene and enhanced cleaning.

What are the main symptoms of coronavirus? 

  • 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.

Public Health England states about 85% of people with Covid will have at least one.

What does self-isolation mean? 

Self-isolation means you should not go to school, work, public places or other activities. Do not use public transport or taxis, go out to the shop or go out to exercise. 

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th. 

What support is available? 

Financial support is available with short-term living costs such as food, laptops, gas and electric, essential household appliances and school uniforms. School staff can help you complete the online form. Find out more by calling 582000 or visit: http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/emergency-assistance-grant

Every Mind Matters provides free advice linked to mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults. If you or anyone in your family are struggling with mental health difficulties, please speak to either Mr Smith, Mrs Boswell or Mrs Taylor so we can look at the support and services available.