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Covid-19 Important information and advice

COVID Update for parents September 2021

 

Following the footsteps of other schools, a Parentmail will now be sent to parents if a pupil in your child's class has tested positive. We will not be able to provide further details apart from advising your child to take an LFT test which is widely available if you believe your child may be a close contact. A positive LFT test should trigger the same requirements as a positive PCR test. This means that your child must stay at home until the result of a PCR test is received and the school should be informed immediately. The smooth running of our school is very dependent on the information you provide us so do let us know as a matter of urgency if your child has tested positive, or if they present any symptoms of Covid.

 

Please see the guidance on the NHS website if your child develops symptoms – even if they are mild.  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

 

29th June 2021

This is a Government reminder of what to do when using the LFD and PCR Covid tests. Please read this carefully. I will inform all parents of our plans (based on the latest guidance and subject to change) in the next two newsletters to help you prepare for the new academic year. Thank you.

 

Confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test after a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test

LFD tests are most effective when detecting infectious cases of coronavirus. They identify people with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further. LFDs detect the virus in people without symptoms so each positive case we find is one that would have gone otherwise undetected. These tests are proving to be accurate and reliable and, where used appropriately and in the correct way, they will continue to help us to break chains of the transmission and save lives.

Anyone who tests positive using an LFD test will be asked to take a confirmatory follow-up PCR test. It remains essential that anyone who gets a positive LFD result self-isolates immediately for 10 days, as well as the other members of their household. You must only leave home for your follow-up test. You should arrange your confirmatory PCR immediately. For the fastest result, we suggest you book a PCR test at a test site. You can also book a home test online or call 119 to book a test.

A PCR test will confirm if you have been affected by coronavirus or not, and reduce unnecessary self-isolation by you and your household. If you then receive a negative result from the PCR, and the PCR test was taken within 2 days of the LFD, then you and your contacts will be informed you can cease self-isolating.

Individuals who test negative from their LFD will not need to isolate or take a confirmatory test.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Addendum for school closure arrangements Covid-19

 

 

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

- washing hands often - with soap and water, or the use of hand sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available

- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin

- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting

 

Children, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

-before leaving home

-on arrival at school

-after using the toilet

-after breaks and sporting activities

-before eating any food, including snacks

-before leaving school

 

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Main Symptoms:

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

-a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

-a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

-a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

 

Please support us in helping to combat the spread of the virus.

 

DfE coronavirus helpline:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 - A quick guide for parents

What to do if...

 

Bubble/Class Isolation procedures:

 

If we have a positive test result during school hours:

  • The class affected and all adults in the class must stay in their classroom.
  • Public Health England will be notified
  • An urgent Parent mail will be sent out to all affected parents – see the template below
  • All admin staff to wear PPE
  • Parents may use the car park to pick their child up; however, parents must be sensible driving in and out of school. Pupils will have to walk by themselves to the parent waiting outside via the side playground gate
  • Class staff and admin staff will ensure the safest and quickest route from the isolated classroom to the car park
  • If this is before lunchtime, admin staff will ring parents affected as well as sending a Parentmail
  • If it is after lunch, a Parentmail will be sent in the first instance and depending on number of admin staff available, a phone call may be made too
  • Once pupils have left, affected classroom staff will go home too
  • Isolated staff will set online lessons as soon as practicable (based on DfE guidance)
  • Parentmail to be sent out to all school parents, governors and Wrap Around Care for You (WC4U) to inform them of bubble/class closure
  • Parentmail to be sent to bubble affected with further advice and instructions
  • The affected classroom will be deep cleaned
  • Parents will notify Dolce and WC4U if they are affected

 

If we have a positive result outside of school hours:

If a staff member tests positive:

  • Member of staff will notify school immediately
  • Public Health England will be notified
  • An urgent Parentmail will be sent out notifying affected parents – see the template below
  • The school will decide whether a phone call is also necessary
  • Parentmail will be sent out to notify all parents, governors, and WC4U
  • Any child of the affected bubble who turns up at school will be advised to go home
  • Parents will notify Dolce and WC4U if they are affected

 

If a child tests positive outside of school hours:

  • Parent must email school immediately and ring (leave an urgent voicemail if call is not picked up)
  • Public Health England will be notified
  • Urgent Parentmail will be sent out to class bubble – see the template below
  • The school may ring any affected staff member and parents if necessary
  • Any child of the affected bubble who turns up at school will be advised to go home
  • A Parentmail will be sent out to notify all parents, governors and WC4U
  • Parents will notify Dolce and WC4U if they are affected

 

Template Email Message:

  1. Urgent Notice (1):

There has been a confirmed case of Covid in your child’s class. Please come and pick your child up immediately from the school car park. Be mindful of other parents driving in and out of the school gate. Your child will walk out to you via the playground gate. Your child must stay at home for a minimum of two weeks. We will notify you of date for return. In the meantime, if your child shows symptoms of Covid, please get them tested and advise the school of the result immediately. Siblings who are not in the same bubble may attend school (taken from government advice).

 

Or

 

  1. Urgent Notice (2):

There has been a confirmed case of Covid in your child’s class. Please do not send your child to school until further notice. Your child must stay at home for a minimum of two weeks. We will notify you of date for return. If your child shows symptoms of Covid, please get them tested and advise the school of the result immediately. Siblings who are not in the same bubble may attend school (taken from government advice).

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