Public Health guidance for schools

Public Health guidance for schools

Key messages for schools week 14-20th September


Changes to the reporting process for COVID in school from 18th September:

  • For single COVID cases in a school a national DfE support line has been set up to manage single positive cases in schools [0800 046 8687, Mon-Fri 8-6pm, Sat/Sun 10-4pm]. You will be put through to advisors to identify close contacts and further action, and will be escalated to PHE HPT for more complex outbreaks.
  • If you have two or more COVID cases in a school or setting please continue to report this to the PHE HPT [0113 386 0300]
  • As before please also phone the information into the Council (single and multiple cases) but via a new number from 18th September01274 431000, option 1 [hours 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Saturday, 10am-2pm Sunday]
    We apologise for changes but this is to try and get support to you as quickly as possible.

Questions to assist identifying COVID contacts in schools  (2 pager - please read)”. The default should NOT be to self-isolate the whole class or bubble in a secondary setting - see link below

A ‘dealing with a case’ flow chart, infection control checklist and outbreak letter have also been updated.

As of 17th September, there were 55 schools with one or more positive COVID cases and 11 of these have bubbles/year groups closures. See school closures 

COVID rates for Bradford District are rising and currently 100 per 100,000 (positivity is 8%, above the national. All Bradford wards are affected but the rate I remains highest in Central East and West Bradford and Central Keighley).

As part of the support for schools someone from the LA (public health) may ring schools to discuss infection control. This is support your risk assessment and to prevent further cases and is not an inspection, so your cooperation on this is appreciated.

I have been in touch with Bradford Hospitals Trust children department who report that the number of children visiting the hospital with respiratory symptoms is showing a normal September increase. However, there have not been concerns regarding increasing numbers of children  admitted with COVID-19.  This supports evidence that still indicates COVID19 infection does not lead to serious illness for the vast majority of children.

There have been some instances of children being sent home from school because they have a runny nose and told they cannot return to school until they have a negative COVID 19 test result. A runny nose or sore throat are not considered symptoms of coronavirus (a new/continuous cough, high temperature or change in sense of smell or taste). If a child has cold-like symptoms outside of these they do not need to be tested for coronavirus and will not be required to self-isolate.

You will have heard that the National Testing Programme is experiencing high demand and this has also affected Bradford District. This demand is expected to remain high for the next two to three weeks. This has meant some symptomatic staff members and pupils have not been able to tests quickly enough. This is very frustrating but if you have COVID symptoms (pupil or staff) please continue to self-isolate for 10 days and continue seek a COVID test. If you have been identified as a contact please self isolate for 14 days and only seek a test if you develop symptoms. The Government reports a new testing strategy will be published next week with a prioritisation list for testing starting with NHS patients, healthcare staff & education staff.


Please see below advice and guidance on Covid 19 from Public Health:


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