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Advice is regularly updating and it can be challenging to know what is accurate and what is not.

Below are some helpful tips on what to do.

What to do if my child has suspected Covid-19

The current symptoms that you should be looking out for are:

  • 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

If this list changes, we will inform you.

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

If you are not sure then call 119 for advice.

Book a visit to a test site to have the test that day or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

The steps you should take are:

1) Inform the school that your child has Covid-19 symptoms and that they are being tested

2) Update the school once you have taken the test (that day if you go to a mobile centre or the next day if you are waiting for postal test);

3) Finally, contact the school as soon as you have the outcome. This is very important as it could impact on the rest of the class or school and the school will be waiting for the outcome of this test.

What to do if my child has been in contact with somebody with suspected Covid-19

If your child has been in contact with somebody with suspected Covid-19 they must isolate until you have had confirmation that the test is negative. 

If you are informed that the test is positive then your child and your whole family must isolate for 14 days.  You must inform the school as soon as you know that your isolating.

How can I get my child tested?       

Barnet operates Mobile Testing Sites.  These can be booked on line with this link:

Online booking link

If you cannot get to a testing site then you can order a home testing kit (please follow the link below):

Home Testing Kit link

If you have a problem getting a test, then please contact the school.


Below is a short video from the NHS explaining how children should wash their hands.


View document covid_19/how_to_handwash_poster.pdf

Lockdown learning

Last spring we launched Google Classroom which will remain our digital classroom platform.  If we enter a local lockdown or national lockdown, learning will immediately revert to Google Classroom.

Preparing children

In order to make this transition as smooth as possible home learning (for example English or maths homework) will always be set on Google Classroom. This is to retain familiarity.  

We will also be increasing the amount of time in class where Google Classroom is being used. At the moment we are limited with the number of Chrome Books that we have but we are looking at ways to increase these numbers over the coming term.  

What will lockdown learning look like?

Core to lock down learning will be how we deliver this form of learning.  There will be two elements:

  • daily class zoom lesson
  • teacher video links to maths and English when appropriate

The daily zoom meetings will be no longer than 30 minutes and will be cascaded throughout the morning to avoid clashes with siblings online.

  • Swallow (Reception) - 9.00
  • Wren (Year 1) - 9.30
  • Robin (Year 2) - 10.00
  • Kingfisher (Year 3) - 10.30
  • Woodpecker (Year 4) - 11.00
  • Kestrel (Year 5) - 10.00 
  • Owl (Year 6) - 10.30

What will be the curriculum during a lockdown period?

Where possible we will be retaining the curriculum. This will have to adapt to online learning. Core to this will be English and maths however you will also see RE lessons and the Curiosity Curriculum projects.

 Risk Assessment

Below is a link to our latest Covid Risk Assessment. This has been agreed by the Governing Body and reviewed by Barnet and all unions.

Covid Risk Assessment