As you are already aware, we had confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported over the weekend. I can now confirm that a total of four cases have been identified over the weekend, affecting two bubbles in total. The pupils and staff who have come into contact with the positive cases are now in isolation.
We have also been in contact with the local council to clarify the issue around the focus for community testing, in response to the conflicting messages received on Friday. We can now confirm that community testing is available to all children and their families, not only secondary pupils. We must also highlight that should you wish for your child to be tested, and so long as they do not show symptoms, they do not need to isolate and they are free to continue attending school while they await their test results. More information on how to access tests can be found in Friday’s letter.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind the community about our reporting procedures, and how this will run in the days after the end of term on Friday 18th December.
School reporting procedures for any Covid-19 testing and results
Should your child need to isolate and/or require a Covid-19 test, you should notify the school as soon as possible in the following ways:
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm: Phone the school office on 01702 478570 and email any test results to email@example.com
Out of hours (including weekends & holidays): Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following: name, date of symptoms starting, date of test and then a subsequent email confirming the test result. A member of the school’s leadership team will then contact you (if required) to identify close contacts.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID19 within 48 hours of being in school
You must seek a test for your child and the household must isolate at home until the test result is returned. You should let your school know that this has occurred.
The quickest way to obtain a test is to book a test at your local testing centre via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test . Please do not use postal tests unless absolutely necessary as these take longer. If the test result is positive for COVID19, you must inform the school, who will identify if there are any other individuals within the school community who are impacted by this.
If the test result is negative, you should inform the school and you do not need to take any further action.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID19 more than 48 hours after their last day in school
You must seek a test for your child and the household must isolate at home until the test result is returned.
If the test result is positive for COVID-19, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, (Monday 21st Dec onwards) you must contact NHS Test and Trace and follow the advice given by them: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
You should contact the school if your child will be absent, in time for the first day of the new term.
If your child has no symptoms of COVID19 but tests positive within 48 hours of being in school
It is important to follow the guidance around accessing a test only when the individual is showing signs of COVID19. However, community testing is also currently available in our area to all children and their families.
If your child is asymptomatic and returns a positive test result within 48 hours of last being in school, please let the school know straight away.
If you are contacted by the school because your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID19, they must self-isolate for 10 days.
It is possible that you will receive a notification to isolate in the days following the end of term. Even though school closes from 3.30pm of Friday 18th December, there is still the requirement for schools to engage with the Track and Trace programme in the days after school closes.
Should any child or staff member develop symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, and then go on to test positive, contacts in school would have to be notified through school systems. Mr Birkinshaw and I will be monitoring the office email account until Christmas Eve. Should your child need to isolate, we will send a text message followed by a more detailed letter via email.
I would encourage you to adhere to social distancing and all COVID19 social mixing guidance for the remainder of term to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus as the last thing we want is anyone being unwell or required to self-isolate over the holiday period.
Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support.