COVID-19 Update - 9th March 2022
Despite national restrictions lifting and there no longer being a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test result, as a school, we continue to follow the government guidance on self-isolation to protect our school community. Here is a brief summary of how we're managing the current COVID-19 situation in school and what we're asking of our parents/carers should their child/ren test positive.
We have a working risk assessment in school for COVID-19, which covers our preventative measures (including enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices, distancing where appropriate and ventilation) and outbreak management measures, should there be cases in school (including isolation guidance). This is regularly reviewed and updated when necessary.
'Stepping measures up and down'
In line with the government and local authority guidance, we have an outbreak management plan. We report any confirmed cases in school to our local public health team and have contingency plans in place should we need them. These include our remote learning provision in the event of staff having COVID and needing to teach from home and also our Google Classroom provision, should the school close. We're hopeful that these will not be needed, but the systems are in place should we have to resort to them. We're also working flexibly in school, adapting to the situation as it changes. We are currently avoiding whole-school gatherings indoors, having staggered break-times and are minimising mixing between the classes when we have cases in school.
If you suspect your child/ren may have COVID
If your child/ren display any symptoms of COVID, please keep them at home and test them. Similarly, if children display symptoms in school, we will contact you and ask that you collect them to be tested. Further information from the NHS about COVID symptoms in children can be found here.
The main symptoms to look-out for in children are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Other symptoms reported to have been present in children include:
- Stomach ache
We appreciate that there are other illnesses which remain common in children and young people and that not every illness will be COVID, but we will be encouraging our school community to remain vigilant and cautious to ensure that we're protecting everyone to the best of our ability.
When a pupil tests positive for COVID
Supported by the information from the government, found here, we are asking all pupils who receive a positive result on a lateral flow test to isolate at home for at least five days. This flow chart helps explain the day-to-day process of isolation:
In summary, if your child tests positive, they should isolate at home for at least five days. If tested on day 5 and they are negative, you should test again on day 6. If they are negative for two consecutive days, they can/should return to school. We're asking that children have two, negative lateral flow tests on two consecutive days in order for them to safely return to school. If you have any queries, questions or concerns about this, please contact the school office. Children's absence will be recorded and authorised as with any other illness.
"Where a child is self-isolating (awaiting a test result) or in quarantine because of COVID19, they should be recorded as code X (not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus). Where they are unable to attend because they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should be recorded as code I (illness)."
The health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils, families and staff remains our utmost priority and whilst we wholeheartedly appreciate the impact your child's isolation may have on your circumstances, we are incredibly grateful for your continued support. Unfortunately, COVID is still prevalent and we need to work together to keep everyone safe.
"In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with the key symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending your school where they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in your reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19."
Please see this link from the NHS for further information: 'When to stay at home and what to do.'
This image shares some helpful tips on minimising transmission at home: 'Safe at home guidance'
Teachers who have children in their class(es) who are isolating will endeavour to update their home learning pages (found under their class page) on our website as regularly as possible. There are also lots of videos, activities and games on each page, which children can access at any point in their isolation, if they feel well enough. We are working hard on our catch-up curriculum in school and our teachers, support staff and our Academic Mentor, Mrs Yates, are all continuing to work with (and support) pupils who need additional input following absence.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Should children be worried about COVID, both the NHS and NSPCC have produced some information to help communicate and navigate their concerns with them.
This can be found here: NHS: Every Mind Matters and NSPCC: Supporting children and young people's mental health.
Thank you for your patience, kindness and continued support as we navigate the ever-changing COVID landscape.
COVID-19 Update Document - Quick Guide for Parents
We are delighted to be opening our doors to all pupils, once again, from Monday 8th March. Please see our Newsletters page (News and Events) for copies of all emails that have been sent out with details about our return.
Important Contact Infomation
We politely request that you only contact us by telephone if really urgent and that you use the text and email service as a first point of contact. We are checking these continually throughout the day and are picking up messages. We may not be able to respond individually, but rest assured that your messages are getting through. It is very important that we keep the phone line free to deal with emergencies should they arise. Thank you.
email@example.com - to contact teachers regarding home-based learning support
firstname.lastname@example.org - for all other enquiries
The DfE have established a helpline for issues around coronavirus:
Phone - 0800 046 8687
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. If you have any concerns about a child or young person in our community then please contact
Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership 01629 533190
The NSPCC on 0808 800 5000