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SELF-ISOLATION - SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

11 Sep 2020, 16:56

SELF-ISOLATION - SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

What guidance do I have to follow if one of my employee's children is sent home from school?

If the child Is sent home from school, you first, need to ask the following two questions:

    • Has the child been sent home because they are unwell and showing COVID19 symptoms,
    or
    • Has the child been sent home because they are in a bubble with other school children who have been unwell and showing Covid-19 symptoms?

The child has been sent home from school and is unwell and showing symptoms of COVID19.

If the child has been sent home from school and is unwell and showing symptoms of a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste, or smell (anosmia), the child must self-isolate and remain at home for at least 10 days after the onset of their symptoms or until they receive a negative test result. This will reduce the risk of them infecting others. Having developed the onset of symptoms, the employee should request that their child Is tested via http://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Should a positive test result be confirmed, the child will need to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the day the test was taken.

Other members of the household, including those who do not have any symptoms, and in this case the employee, must also stay at home and self-isolate for a period of 14 days or earlier if a negative test result is confirmed. This 14-day period starts from the day when the child became ill or if following a positive test result, from the day the child's test was taken.

Only following this period of self-lsolation or where a negative test result is confirmed, can the employee return to work.

All absences should be treated as sickness absence. Managers should choose, "Sick Coronavirus" from the absence drop down box then the relevant absent code:

    • SAU071- Coronavirus Confirmed Case
    • 5130070- Coronavirus Symptoms
    • SCU070 - Coronavirus Self-isolation

Please update the absence if the reason for absence changes. Please see the manager guide on managing coronavirus related absence for further information.

The child has been sent home from school with no symptoms; however, was part of a school class bubble that had children with symptoms or who have tested positive with COVID-19.

If the child has been sent home from school because they were associated with a bubble that had other children who had displayed symptoms or who had tested positive, the child should follow guidance from the school relating to any Isolation.

Other household family members do not need to self-isolate In this scenario unless the child or other household family members develop symptoms during the child’s period of isolation or household members are contacted via test and trace. Therefore, we would expect our employee to attend work.

If the employee is unable to attend work because they need to look after their child, where there are no symptoms or positive test result for COVID-19, you will need to enter into discussions with your employee to agree to use a combination of working flexibly, unpaid leave or taking annual holiday.

This should be recorded in PSP as annual holiday, special leave unpaid (then choose personal commitments), or the relevant change to any agreed flexible working arrangement i.e. changes to shift, start and end times etc.

Evidence of requirement to self-Isolate

Employees will be required to provide evidence via the normal routes of, contact through NHS 111, contact by test and trace and/or a positive test result for COVID-19.

Further support

If any employee is unsure what to do, they should use the online COVID-19 service ( https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ )

Managers should keep updated on coronavirus guidance and communication and share key messaging with employees.

Managers should call the advice and support team on 0345 6043657 or contact coronavirus.support@royalmail.com

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SELF-ISOLATION - SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

11 Sep 2020, 17:28

"If the child has been sent home from school and is unwell and showing symptoms of a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste, or smell"

Bit heavy on the commas there I can't come in today Guv my kid stinks.

SELF-ISOLATION - SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

12 Sep 2020, 20:43

If this is Royal Mails policy it differs from the government guidelines which are...

Person with symptoms starts isolating for 10 days, other members of household without symptoms for 14 days from onset. If person with symptoms is negative isolation ends for everyone.(royal mail is correct on this part)

If test is positive then isolation has to be completed so 10 days for the person with symptoms, 14 days for everyone else in the household this still runs from the onset of when symptoms started and NOT from the date of the test.

Isolation only runs from the date of the actual test if they didn't have any symptoms when they were tested in the first place.

SELF-ISOLATION - SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

14 Sep 2020, 14:23

So what theoretically happens if your child is sent home say 3 times because someone in their bubble has symptoms and then tests positive? They're (the child)expected to self isolate on each occasion for 14 days? And the parent is therefore off each time for 2 weeks to look after their child on zero wages? How an earth can anyone afford this? It's literally going to financially cripple families all over the country.

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