We are looking forward to welcoming you and children to school on WEDNESDAY 5th January. Tomorrow is a Training Day for staff, so the school is closed to students.

We are continuing to work to the most up to date DfE and WCC guidelines to ensure that we keep our school community safe. There have been no significant changes to the arrangements in school since we closed in December, but we are still working hard to make sure that school continues to be a safe place for everyone. We are aware that cases of Coronavirus have risen, and so we will continue to be vigilant and maintain measures that we feel are important. Face masks are being used by all adults inside the school e.g. in corridors, but not in the classroom. We are very happy for parents and carers to wear them, especially if they need to talk to other adults when on site. There is more specific advice below.

January 2022 Reopening Covid Advice

We continue to liaise closely with both the local Public Health Team to ensure our practices and procedures for monitoring positive cases within our school community are in line with all the current guidance.  This includes tracking any patterns or links within school.

As you may be aware, the national guidance regarding close contacts has now changed. Public Health now strongly advise that children take Lateral Flow Tests (LFDs) every day for 7 consecutive days (even if they are not symptomatic) when they are identified as a close contact. Therefore, where we are notified of confirmed cases within school, we will now notify parents of the affected class/es and advise that their child takes Lateral Flow Tests (LFDs) every day for the next 7 days, even if they are not symptomatic.

Please note, this is based on the new guidance from Public Health and means that, if your child is identified as a close contact, they are not required to have a PCR test unless they become symptomatic or test positive on a LFD test.

 

What should I do if my child develops COVID-19 symptoms?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
  • loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child develops any of these symptoms, you must arrange for them to have a PCR test as soon as possible. A PCR test can be arranged via the NHS UK (www.nhs.uk) website or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. Your child should self-isolate immediately and they should not attend school.

Please contact school via the office  to inform us your child has COVID-19 symptoms and you are awaiting a COVID-19 test.

 

What should I do if my child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test?

If your child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test, they should self-isolate immediately and you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.

 

What should I do if my child is unwell with signs of an infection but does not have symptoms of COVID-19?

Your child should not attend school if they are unwell. If concerned you should seek advice from your GP or Pharmacist, they will be able to advise you how long your child should stay off school. Otherwise we would recommend exclusion for 48 hours or until the child is symptom free, whichever is longer.

 

What should I do if my child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?

Anyone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test should self-isolate at home until the latest of:

10 days after the onset of their symptoms, or

10 days after their test day if they are asymptomatic

They may be able to end their self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days by undertaking an LFD test on the sixth day and seventh day of their isolation period (24 hours apart).

Please contact school and inform us your child has COVID-19 confirmed by a LFD or PCR test. It is really important you let us know if your child has COVID-19 so we can monitor the number of children with COVID-19 across the school.