Attendance at school is now statutory and the staff have been working tirelessly, using the Government guidance, to ensure that we have everything in place to keep our children and staff as safe as possible on their return. 

The Government has listed a set of control measures to keep both children and adults safe at school. Please find below our response to these control measures, along with some frequently asked questions. We have also attached the school risk assessment.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Mrs McKenzie via 


School Response


Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL.

All families reminded of the importance of being vigilant for key symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • A loss of taste/smell – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If anyone experiences any one of these symptoms, they MUST NOT ATTEND SCHOOL OR VISIT THE SCHOOL SITE.

They should obtain a PCR test - a lateral flow test will not be sufficent proof if they are experiencing a Covid-19 symptom. They should self-isolate until the result is returned. If the result returns negative – provided the person is feeling better, they can return to school.

If the test is positive – school MUST be informed immediately. This person should continue to isolate for the remaining 10 days. Their household should isolate for 14 days.

Close contacts of a person with a positive PCR test should also obtain there own PCR test to ensure they are not infectious. If this returns a negative result, they can return to school.

Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools.

Face coverings are not currently recommended for use in primary schools.

We would encourage parents to continue to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Clean hands more thoroughly than usual.

Children will be expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Adults have planned this into their day.

Children will be expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer on arrival, before and after playtimes and lunchtimes, after using the toilets, before and after using a shared area e.g. the ICT suite.

Unperfumed and unscented soap is provided. Children will not be permitted to bring personal soap into school unless it has been prescribed by a doctor. The soap will need to have the prescription written on it. This will need to stay in school.

Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it!’ approach.

All classrooms will have a supply of tissues and lidded bins. Children will be reminded of the importance of ‘Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!’.

Classrooms have lidded bins to store used tissues and children will be told to wash their hands after sneezing or using a tissue.

Should a child sneeze or cough onto a table, it will be cleaned.

Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE.

PPE is available for staff when dealing with a first aid or intimate care situation. Staff have been shown how to don and doff this. After use, it will be stored safely in a specific bin.


Engage with NHS Track and Trace process

School is no longer responsible for track and trace of contacts. We will however,  liaise and offer support to any families who become part of this process and work with the NHS and Public Health England as required to keep our community safe. 

Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

If a child were to develop symptoms when in school, they would be immediately isolated in a well ventilated room. Parents would be immediately contacted and asked to collect their child as quickly as possible. Parents would be expected to book a test for the child and inform school of the results as soon as possible. The child would not be allowed back into school until a negative PCR test was given or 10 days of isolation had elapsed. 

School will provide remote learning for any child/group/class who need to self-isolate.

Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

School will follow the Government guidance and advice from the Local Health Protection Team and inform parents of any actions needed to be taken. 

Should it be deemed necessary, groups of children may be asked to take a PCR test and show a negative result to the school to allow a child to enter. This is designed to manage a  possible outbreak of infection and ensure any asympomatic cases are isolated as quickly as possible. This measure will only be taken if we are advised by the Local Health Protection team to help manage a potential outbreak. 



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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303