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COVID-19 and group A Streptococcus Information

Group A Streptococcus



Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus (GAS). It is not usually serious, but should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications (such as pneumonia) and spread to others. The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours, the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the 'sandpaper' feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and be pale around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a bright red red ‘strawberry’ tongue.






If you think you, or your child, might have scarlet fever:

  • contact your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • make sure that you or your child take(s) the full course of any antibiotics prescribed. Although you or your child will feel better soon after starting the course of antibiotics, you must complete the course to ensure that you do not carry the bacteria in your throat after you have recovered
  • stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection


For further information please read the documents below.


As we open for the 2021 - 2022 academic year the government  continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. Step 4 marked a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. It is the government's priority for school's to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. In order to achieve this we have set out in this document how we will be operating in September 2021, which is based on the government's own operational guidance .

What are the symptoms of COVID-19


The symptoms of COVID-19 have been shared throughout the pandemic but if you are unsure and do not know what to do then please click COVID-19 Symptoms to get further advice.

Contingency Plan


The document below outlines how Ordsall Primary School would operate if we were advised by local authorities, directors of public health (DsPH) and PHE health protection teams (HPTs) to reintroduce measures to help break chains of transmission .

If you wish to know more about the guidance from the government please click Latest Government Guidance  


COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Statement


Our statement regarding catch-up funding can be found in our Financial information or by clicking HERE


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