PCR Update 7th January 2022:
From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.
Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.
Covid Update 5th January 2022:
As we face another uncertain term with the likelihood of increased Covid cases and possible staff shortages, I am writing to give you some updates and reassurances.
I attended a Headteacher briefing yesterday afternoon and have just received and reviewed the latest risk assessment from the Local Authority. Below is a summary of the key information:
Children must not attend school of they have the following symptoms:
A new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 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
If your child has any of the main symptoms of Covid, even if they are mild or they test positive on a lateral flow test, the following steps need to be followed:
If your child is absent from school because they have symptoms or a positive lateral flow test and are awaiting PCR results, please report this to the admin email address not the class email addresses.
If your child is absent but well enough to complete work, the teacher will provide this for them via Google Classroom. All children have log ins for this platform. The work will be available at 9am the next day at the latest. If you have problems accessing it, please contact teachers via the class email address not the admin one. If your child is not well enough to complete work during their isolation and then does become well enough, please inform the teacher via the class email address and they can then arrange for work to be made available and for your child to access some live lessons via Google Meet.
If you need to borrow a device from school for them to access this work, please contact myself through the admin email address. We have a large bank of Chromebooks that can be loaned.
Changes to self-isolation:
Individuals who have tested positive and are self-isolating 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 and can return to school on day 7 so long as the following criteria have been met:
There is no need for primary age pupils (those in Year 6 and below) to regularly test, unless they have been identified as a contact for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 - see next paragraph.
Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19 – DfE update
People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their school or setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. 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. They can continue to attend school while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
You may have seen on the news in recent days that face coverings are required to be worn by pupils in schools. This is not the case for children at primary school. Staff wear face coverings in all communal areas and on gate duty.
We will continue to communicate with you regularly in the event of any Covid outbreaks within school. This will probably take the form of a “warn and inform” letter or a “likely close contact letter” which will contain important information and recommendations. In the event of a rise in cases, it may be necessary to implement enhanced measures within school and follow advice from Public Health England. We will keep you informed of these.
Please be assured that our priority remains face to face education for all our children and we will do our absolute utmost to ensure this. However, we are unsure of what the coming weeks hold. We appreciate your ongoing support by carefully reading the information sent from school and following the guidelines to keep everybody as safe as possible.
Full guidance for parents and carers is available here:
If you have any questions or concerns or require any support, please do not hesitate to contact me.
See below for some useful guidance about symptoms, testing, our Remote Learning Policy an how to access remote learning: