covid-19 informatioN


Pupils are no longer expected to routinely test for COVID-19 to attend school.

However, if your child is unwell and has a high temperature (at least 37.7°), they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.

If a child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose or a slight cough but are otherwise well, they should continue to go to school.

Children and young people aged 18 and under who have a positive COVID test will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, plus the day they test positive. Children can return to school after this without testing, except if they are unwell and have a high temperature (at least 37.7°).

Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please email

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Coronavirus: St Joseph's Catholic School supplies key workers with PPE

A "small idea" has transformed into a project supplying around 2,500 key workers with visors, as well as raising more than £17,000.

Since Monday, April 6, St Joseph's Catholic School in Laverstock has been busy creating face shields and reaching out to the community for support, in order to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to anyone who needs it amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Within just five days the school had raised £12,000 to help with funding materials and postage, and after the Easter weekend the total stood at more than £17,000, covering the cost of materials to make a further 45,000 visors.

As well as donations more businesses and volunteers have got involved throughout the week, meaning up to 2,000 visors are now being created each day with five more cutting locations set up.

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Key workers in Salisbury wearing the visors
Key workers in Salisbury wearing the visors

Messages of Support

I would like to say that I'm very pleased and fully support the move to online learning. It must have been a difficult one. Yet again, it shows what a caring school St Joseph's is.

I also would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for another year, for all your hard work, support and care you have given to our children in these very strange times.

I wanted to take the chance to say how grateful I am for the way that yourself and all staff members have responded during this unprecedented time. You have all had to not only deal with your own health and well being, but that of the children too.

Thank you one and all for all your hard work and looking out for the children. Every step of the way you have made the right decisions in regards to the children, given the right levels of support and offered some form of continuity to them.

I happened to be in the kitchen while my child was online for English, and I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the teaching. Very enthusiastic,  clear and helpful with lots of examples and kept checking the pupils understanding of the lesson being taught. Thoroughly comprehensive lesson.

Thank you for these lessons and all the support for pupils during Covid. Also thank you for constant communication from SLT.

Can I take this opportunity to say thank you for all that you are doing? I know how difficult it is juggling between online learning and teaching in school. I am so very grateful for all that you have done and all that you are doing.
Our child loves school. He is happy, enjoys the work and feels supported, which is all any mum can ask. It also means that I can focus on the children in my school and not worry about my son feeling isolated and alone. Thank you. 
May I say that the communication from the school in these difficult times, and the spirit of enquiry and innovation that has informed it, has been exemplary. Your own messages have been extremely supportive and informative and we owe you our personal gratitude.
Also I wanted to say thanks and well done to you and all the staff at St Joseph's, you are doing a brilliant job in these difficult and turbulent times.