4 January 2022

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Dear parents and carers,

Happy New Year! I do hope you have had a lovely holiday and enjoyed spending time with your loved ones. As you are aware, there has been a significant rise in COVID-19 infections across the country. I know that many of our families and staff have been impacted by this over the holidays.

The impact on schools is significant and may affect our ability to safely staff classes. There is a lack of supply staff available across the country. We are determined to keep school and classes open but this will require us to be strict with procedures so that we can keep both children and staff as virus free as possible. This will allow for quality learning with their teachers to continue.

Please read the following information carefully to ensure you understand the procedures in place at school.

We are asking you to do an LFT test with your child(ren) before they return to school tomorrow.

Isolation period for positive cases

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self- isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self- isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

All tests results should be recorded using this link ( https://www.gov.uk/ report-covid19-result?utm_source=2 January 2022 C19&utm_medium=Daily Email C19&utm_campaign=DfE C19 ).

School will ask to see the results of LFT tests before children return to school.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

 

 

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

Children identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible.

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

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

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 at a test centre 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 the school by phone to inform us your child has COVID-19 symptoms and you are awaiting a COVID-19 test.

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

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE ILL.

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.