Updated 17th December 2020
Christmas COVID-19 Guidance
With COVID cases still high in Calderdale, we need to do all that we can to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus over the Christmas holidays. As school closes over the Christmas period, it continues to be very important that you let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID and may have had contact with other children in our school whilst infectious.
If your child tests positive, having started to feel unwell in the last few days of term or over the first weekend after the end of term, it is important that you let us know as they may have been infectious whilst in school and other children or staff may need to self-isolate. Please contact school on email@example.com and your message will be picked up daily and responded to in the run up to Christmas. We will seek advice from Public Health and will alert others who are required to self-isolate.
What to do if someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID
The most common symptoms of COVID are:
- A new continuous cough and /or
- A high temperature and/or
- A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you or a family member have one of the above symptoms your household must self-isolate and seek a test. Your household should continue to self-isolate until you get your test result and are advised what to do next by NHS Test and Trace. You can arrange a test online at online www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test OR by calling 119
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are 3 Big Things we can all do to help reduce the spread of COVID in Calderdale
- Avoid contact – keep at least 2 metres away from people you don’t live with as much as you can
- Self-isolate – if you are advised to do so, and get a test if you have symptoms
- Mask – wear a face covering when you are in a public indoor environment with people you don’t know
Message from the Calderdale Children’s Public Health Team
The Government’s announcement that we can form a “Christmas bubble” over the festive break gives us all a much longed for opportunity to meet up with friends and family, some of whom we may not have seen for many months. It is important though that we do this as safely as possible, so as not to put those we love at increased risk.
- Christmas bubbles can be made up of people from up to three households. You can only be in one Christmas bubble though, so you can’t change your bubble from day to day.
- If you’re meeting indoors over Christmas, try to keep some distance from others; keep windows open as much as the weather allows; wash your hands often; and wipe down frequently touched surfaces regularly.
- If anyone in your household develops any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms, arrange a test and don’t meet with friends and family.
- Look after friends and family who are clinically vulnerable by reducing contact with them.
Remember, you don’t have to meet up with others over the Christmas break if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. If you are struggling, there is help available:
- Calderdale Council COVID-19 support: 01422 392890
- Citizens Advice: 0300 330 9048
- Healthy Futures Calderdale (for families with school-aged children): Tel 0303 330 9974 or text 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers)
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Samaritans: 116 123
COVID-19 Guidance on Education Settings