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Covid - 19 (Coronavirus) Guidance and Information

Covid-19 Contingency Plan - Great Horwood School SpringTerm 2022

Information for Parents (from Buckinghamshire Children's Services Education 15th October 2021


COVID-19 Testing

Twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) remains recommended for the families of school-aged children. These are available for free, see this link to order: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (

This helps to identify if you or your child is infected so that others in the school and wider community can be protected. Please note that this type of testing is only for people without symptoms of COVID-19 and if you test positive, you need to self-isolate and arrange for a free confirmatory PCR test via this link:
Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (

COVID-19 Vaccination

People aged 16 and over, including adults, can book a vaccination appointment through the National Booking System or attend a walk-in clinic:


  • Book or manage a 1st or 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (
  • Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (


Severe illness and death from COVID-19 infection are more likely with increasing age. Therefore, adults are more vulnerable than children and it is important that you are vaccinated as well as any of your eligible children to protect your and your family’s health. 


If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination (people aged 50 and over, or anyone aged 16 and over with a high-risk health condition) then you can book an appointment to have it here, although please note that it must be at least 6 months since your second dose of the vaccine.  This will help to top-up your protection against COVID during the Winter months.


Flu and other winter viruses

As we move into winter, other viruses may start to spread, causing flu and colds.  The symptoms from these infections can be similar to those of COVID-19. 

It is important to get a free PCR test for COVID-19 first if you or your child develops any of the 3 key symptoms.  If this test is negative, it is still important to continue testing twice-weekly using LFDs as you or your child might go on to become infected with COVID-19 later.

People who are eligible, including children aged 2-15 years old and anyone between the ages of 6 months and 50 years old who is clinically vulnerable can have a free NHS flu vaccine this year, which is the best way of protecting ourselves and those around us from seasonal Influenza. 




What to do if someone in your household has symptoms of Coronvirus - An easy to read guide from Public Health England

Covid 19 - A quick guide for parents and carers 15.9.2020

Follow this easy Coronavirus Symptons flowchart to ensure you keep everyone safe.

Here are some tips that you can use to assist your child/children in dealing with anxiety about the coronavirus.

  1. Listen to your child’s fears and do not dismiss them.  Also, keep your own anxiety in check.
  2. Help your child understand the facts rather than rumours about the virus.
  3. Focus on what we can control, practice social distancing, washing hands etc.
  4. Respond with empathy, you may say, “I know you are worried. The good news is there are ways we can help make things better”.
  5. Find out how your child is feeling and process such feelings.
  6. Give your child skills to help them cope: exercise together, drink plenty of water regularly, watch movies, play games, talk with friends and family members using video calls and text messages.

Useful resources and websites to support you keeping your children safe online:

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services


Oak National Academy


The Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:


Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:




The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:

  • Talking to a child worried about coronavirus
  • Parents working from home
  • Children staying home alone
  • Lockdown and separated parents
  • How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour

The advice can be found on the NSPCC website here:


Rev. Andrew online assembly - 'Stillness'
An online assembly with some thoughts on stillness from Reverend Andrew Lightbown