IT has been a very different start to the beginning of new academic year, one which has brought about many changes for everyone. I hope that you all had a good summer and feel rested. The children and staff have returned to school and made the transition very smoothly. Our main focus through the year will centre on supporting the children and staff with their well – being. In order for everyone to have a positive year we must make sure that we are supportive and discuss any concerns and worries openly. There are so many changes that have been imposed on us over the past six months that we must continue to follow guidance to keep us all safe. We will continue to communicate as frequently as possible , because there is a lot of - ever changing - information for you to consider and be familiar with. We look forward to working closely with you once again this year and if for any reason you need to speak with a member of staff please call the office or send a Dojo message or email to your child’s classteacher, via firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHILD ILL? It is really important that if your child is ill, including showing symptoms of Covid-19, you contact the school office. If they show symptoms of Covid-19 they do not attend school, even if you suspect it might be another medical condition.
If your child has one of the main symptoms:
*a high temperature, hot to the touch on their chest and back (doesn't necessarily have to be measured.)
*a new, continuous cough - coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
*a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.
We will ask you to get your child tested to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible, and self-isolate until the results of the test are known. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-ifyou-have-coronavirus/
Inform the school immediately of the results of this test.
If the test is negative, the child may return to school (as long as they are feeling well enough) and fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
If the test result is positive the child must continue to self-isolate until 10 days after they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
As a school, we will take swift action if we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for COVID-19 and will contact the local health protection team.
This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in "close contact" with the person during the period that they were infectious. These people will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and get a test.
If the test is positive - contact school and continue to isolate from at least 7 days from start of symptoms.
If the test is negative - remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period, because they could still
We will then send a letter out to all parents and staff, if needed, outlining the action to be taken.
COLLECTION AND DROP OFF – Thank you for your patience. The times and arrangements have been relatively successful, however we have to make some changes to FSU and Y1 drop off times and will review the success of this this week.
For this to work and for us to follow guidelines regarding social distancing, we need the support of the whole school community in two things:
1. Not arriving too early or late for their child's collection and drop off.
2. Not congregating at the school gates/fence at Torver Crescent, after your child has been dropped off.