Our Covid risk assessment
We are determined to do all that we can to ensure our school is as safe as possible for our children, their families and carers, our staff, and any visitors who come to school. Our risk assessment is based upon the Local Authority guidance and is approved and reviewed by our school Governors. It is constantly under review as we monitor how things are going, and will be changed as needed to ensure we have the best possible practice in place.
During periods of partial or full lockdown our teachers will provide online home learning grids. Paper copies will be available to those families who need them.
Queries or concerns
We know that the pandemic will cause all sorts of anxieties for children and their parents or carers. If families have any concerns or questions about how we manage the risk of Covid, they should email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0113 2853000. We will do our best to resolve all worries as quickly as possible.
Illness and absence (updated 1.4.22, from NHS website)
If your child is displaying any symptoms of coronavirus then you must not send them to school under any circumstances.
Children and young people aged 18 and under can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but it's usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
What to do if your child has symptoms
Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:
- have a high temperature
- do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities
They can go back to school, college or childcare when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.
If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school, college or childcare.
Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues.
Most children who are unwell will recover in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.
If you are concerned about your child’s health, please refer to the NHS 111 website or telephone NHS 111 or your GP.
For more information on COVID-19 please see
If your child’s bubble gets a suspected case of Covid-19
If there is a suspected case then that child/adult will need to get a test. The bubble will continue to attend school as normal until the result comes back. If it is negative then no action needs to be taken.
However, If your child is in the same bubble as a person who tests positive, they must stay at home and self-isolate for the next 10 days, even if they do not have symptoms. This is in accordance with the government’s test and trace programme and to help prevent the virus spreading to others. Other members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless your child starts to show symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing of Staff Privacy Statement
Ownership of the Personal Data
To enable the Covid-19 testing to be completed at Drighlington Primary, we need to process personal data, including the sharing of personal data where this is allowed under data protection legislation. Drighlington Primary is the Data Controller for the data required for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.
We will process personal data relating to staff under article 6.1(f) of the UK GDPR – it is necessary in the legitimate interest of the data controller. We will process special category personal data under the provisions of article 9.2(i) of the UK GDPR, and Part 1 of Schedule 1(3) of DPA 2018 where it is in the public interest on Public Health Grounds to ensure we can minimise the spread of COVID in a timely manner and enable us to continue to deliver education services as safely and securely as possible. This data is processed under the obligations set out in Public Health legislation (Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI)) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes and where it is carried out by a health care professional OR someone who owes an equivalent duty of confidentiality to that data.
Ownership of the Personal Data shared with DHSC
Every time staff use a lateral flow test they must report the results. More details can be found here - Report a COVID-19 test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the data controller for the information that you transfer to them about you and your test results. For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice
The school remains the Data Controller for the data we retain about staff for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test. Staff are advised to read both this Privacy Notice and the DHSC COVID-19 Privacy Notice to understand how their personal data is used prior to taking a test.
Personal Data involved
The following personal data is processed by the school in relation to your test:
- Unique code assigned to each individual test and which will become the primary reference number for the
- Test result
For more information about what the DHSC do with data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice
How we store personal information
The school will maintain a test kit log which will record against each name details of the testing kit which has been provided. The school may also record Personal Data in its internal COVID-19 results register (the school’s COVID-19 results register will not be shared with DHSC). This information will only be stored securely on locally managed systems with appropriate access controls in schools and will only be accessible to personnel involved in the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.
The school will retain its test kit log and COVID-19 results register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of the last entries made by the school into them. For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice
Processing of Personal Data Relating to Positive test results
We will use this information to enact our own COVID isolation and control processes without telling anyone who it is that has received the positive test. For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice This information will be kept by the school for period of twelve (12) months from the date of the last entries made by the school into them and by the NHS for eight (8) years.
Processing of Personal Data Relating to Negative and Void test results
We will record a negative and void result for the purpose of stock controls of tests and general performance of the testing process.
Data Sharing Partners
The personal data associated with test results will be shared with
- DHSC, NHS, PHE – to ensure that they can undertake the necessary Test and Trace activities and to conduct research and compile statistical information about
- Your GP – the NHS may share the information you provide with your GP to maintain your medical records and to offer support and guidance as necessary. Any data you provide to the school will not be shared with your GP.
- Local Government to undertake local public health duties and to record and analyse local
Personal Data in the school’s test kit log will be shared with DHSC to identify which test kit has been given to which individual in the event of a product recall. The school will not share its internal COVID-19 results register with DHSC.
Under data protection law, staff have rights including:
Right of access - right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
Right to rectification - right to ask us to rectify personal information they think is inaccurate. They may also have the right to ask us to complete information they think is incomplete.
Right to erasure - right to ask us to erase personal information in certain circumstances.
Right to restriction of processing - right to ask us to restrict the processing of personal information in certain circumstances.
Right to object to processing - right to object to the processing of personal information in certain circumstances.
Right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.
Please contact us at email@example.com John Walker, Office 7, The Courtyard, Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, Leicestershire, LE2 2FL if you wish to make a request.
How to complain
If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.
The ICO’s address:
Information Commissioner’s Office Wycliffe House
Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113