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Covid 19 Information

Covid – quick guide

SYMPTOMS

If you or anyone in your family are experiencing ANY of the 3 main symptoms e.g. temperature, new and continuous cough or loss of smell/taste, please do not come to school.  Please let us know, book a test and keep us informed every step of the way.  This applies at the weekends and during school holidays.  If your child becomes symptomatic at school, you will be asked to come and collect them immediately – likewise if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.  Please ensure we have accurate contact details.

 

KEEP US INFORMED

Keeping us informed applies even if symptoms and a test occur during a period of isolation.  We monitor our MIC.admin@stcmat.org account for Covid related emails constantly so please send this information, no matter the day or time.  We need to know as soon as possible so that we can seek and act on advice from the DfE/PHE – which could include asking a group of school staff and children to self-isolate.  If we get news over the holiday, or a weekend we will email you with instructions for any necessary actions.  Please monitor the email account you have given us, daily.

 

LFD TESTS

The result of an LFT test is not confirmation that a symptomatic person does not have Covid. If you, your child, or any member of your household is symptomatic, you must isolate and then you should book a PCR test.  Firstly, home LFD tests are not designed for primary age children; secondly, the government is very clear that these tests are NOT to be used for symptomatic people and you need to get a full PCR test. LFT tests are designed to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID, not those who are already displaying symptoms.  

 

LEARNING – the full policy for remote learning is available below

If your child is ill with Covid, there is no expectation to complete work. 

If your child is well in themselves;

  • While you are waiting for test results, there are some immediate activities on our website, under your child’s class pages.
  • If your child is having to isolate there is two days’ worth of learning also on the website on the class pages – this gives your teacher time to record and allocate work on Google Classroom.

Please don’t access this learning for any other reason other than Covid isolation, it has been specifically designed for this purpose.  For example, it is not to be used to catch up if your child has had 48 hours off with a tummy bug. 

 

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

As a school, we are expected to continue our track and trace duties over school holiday periods. 

With this in mind, we ask that you please continue to check for emails from school and to read our communications carefully, in case we have to inform you that your child/ren needs to isolate.

If your child/ren develops any of the Covid symptoms and subsequently tests positive over the holidays you must let us know immediately – particularly if that is within the first 6 days. 

It is also really important that all of us continue to protect our school and wider communities by acting responsibly even when we are not together.  Please follow the national and local guidelines.

 

GENERAL ONSITE INFORMATION

  • Do not arrive at site/queue before the gates open 8.45am and 3.05pm.  We must keep South Lawn Terrace as clear from congestion as possible.
  • Follow the one-way system at all times.
  • One adult only to bring children into school/pick children up from school.  Only Year 5 and 6 can be unaccompanied.
  • Stay 2 metres away from other families as far as possible – particularly if children are in different bubbles.
  • Keep your children with you at all times – do not let them run off ahead of you.
  • Adults, please wear face coverings on site. Be compassionate to those who are exempt.
  • No bikes or scooters to be left in school unless they are your main mode of transport to school and you cannot take them with you for your onward journey.
  • Children are expected to be in full and smart school uniform – including a coat/sun hat.  Children may continue to wear PE kit to school on PE days. If we have more cold weather, the children may layer up underneath their uniform.  Please no dyed hair, large hair bands or jewellery other than 1 pair of stud earrings and a watch.  No hoodies or branded jumpers at any time and trainers only on PE days please, unless special permission has been granted by the head teacher.
  • Only bring essential items into school e.g. lunch box, book bag, coat.
  • Drop and go.  Do not linger on site or congregate either on site or at the gates.
  • If you drive to school, park legally, safely and with respect for others, including local residents.
  • Do not speak to school staff at the classroom door.  Use MIC.classcomms@stcmat.org to email teachers about issues regarding your child or MIC.admin@stcmat.org for all other queries. Or you can call us on 01392 256669.
  • A full risk assessment is available on our website

The process we have to follow if we get a case at school  

Once we have received confirmation of a positive test, we must call a dedicated phone line in order to report it and seek advice.  It can take a significant amount of time to get through to the relevant department and several hours to receive further instructions around which bubbles to send home.  

 

If we are told that we need to close bubbles, we will prioritise communication with parents of children who will be directly affected first, to ensure that children self-isolate in accordance with national guidelines.  Full information about this will be given out at that time.  The rest of the school community will then be notified.  This communication will be via email direct to parents although we will also use Facebook to draw attention to the fact that there is an important email for your attention - as we already do.  As a quick reminder, please ensure your contact details are up to date and that someone on your child’s contact details is always available, should your child become ill at school.

 

For children having to self-isolate, remote learning will be available.  

  • Children will only be expected to complete remote learning if they are well enough to do so. 
  • If you are waiting for a test result, we remain hopeful that it will be negative and that your child will be able to return to school quickly.  With that in mind, for the first 48 hours, please access the established resources outlined on our website under the class pages tab. 
  • After 48 hours, or if your child is confirmed to need to self-isolate due to a family case or closure of a school bubble, we will use Google classroom to assign work.
  • Learning will be provided for English, maths and a wider curriculum area. 
  • This learning may take the form of recordings of the child’s class teacher or reference to an online resource such as The National Oak Academy or BBC bitesize. (It might be worth using Google classroom once a week so that we can support you to iron out any issues and then should we need to move online, the transition can be smooth.)
  • Teachers will check remote learning regularly, in order to provide feedback to the child and be able to plan learning going forwards. 

If you need any help, support or advice during remote learning please message your class teacher via telephoning the school office or emailing MIC.classcomms@stcmat.org  Someone will get back to you as soon as practically possible.    

 

KEY CONTROLS:  
We are able to open, with children working in classes and year groups, provided we are able to maintain the Government expectation of five key controls, which must be in place all of the time. The five key controls are: 
1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend the setting.

2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.

3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

4. Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.

5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible. 
 
A further control has to be applied in specific circumstances:

6. Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE.  If a child is taken ill they will be asked to wait for you to collect them away from the other children. A member of SLT or admin will wait with them and will wear PPE during this period. Staff are not generally wearing PPE in corridors or classrooms. 
 
DROP OFF and PICK UP:   
We will have a one way system operating around the site in the morning and afternoon.

Below is a link to the government guidance for schools and parents during the Covid 19 outbreak 

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

 

Below is a link to the government guidance for households with a possible or confirmed case of Covid 19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

Below is a link to the government guidance for contacts of people with a confirmed Covid 19 infection who do not live with the person.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

 

Isolating when there is a school case - (Information is taken from government publications) - Being informed you must isolate due to a positive case at school is the same as the NHS Track and Trace system.  If your child is informed they have been identified as a contact of a positive case, they must self isolate at home for 10 days from their last contact with the person who has tested positive.  This means they can't leave the house for 10 days.  Anyone advised to self-isolate has a legal duty to self-isolate and failure to comply may result in a fine.

If your child does not develop symptoms, you should not arrange for a test.  Even if they did take a test and receive a negative result, the isolation must continue for the full 10 days as symptoms may not have developed at the time the test was taken.

The rest of the household does not need to isolate unless the person who is isolating goes on to develop symptoms.

If your child, or any other member of the household, goes on to develop symptoms during the period of isolation, please inform the school immediately.

 

Illness – If your child is unwell, please make sure you phone the school and leave a message on the absence answerphone before 9.30am.  Due to the current pandemic system, please ensure that you give us clear symptoms, not just a report that a child is ill.  Guidance states that if a child has any symptoms of Covid – high temperature, new persistent cough, loss of or change in smell and taste – they need to have a test.  If your child has any one of those symptoms, including a temperature, even for a short amount of time, they will need a test and the result before they return to school, the whole family also need to remain in isolation. We understand that this will be disruptive to learning and to family life but I’m sure you will agree with us, that we all need to do everything we possibly can to keep the school and wider community as safe and healthy as possible.  Please do not send children back because they seem better if they have had any of the symptoms and have not yet received a negative test result or isolated for 10 days. 
 
Temperature – Please use the advice to feel your child's chest and back – if they feel hot to touch they have a high temperature, regardless of what the actual reading may be on a thermometer.  We appreciate the guidance is constantly changing and can appear confusing, however, we need to all follow this to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Whether you use a thermometer or touch their chest/back, if your child has a high temperature the whole family need to isolate.  Please phone us and book a test for the person with the temperature/cough/change or loss or smell or taste.  Being vigilant around symptoms will help the whole community to stay well and the school to remain open.

 

Testing – Please ensure you phone the school to confirm a test result before sending your child back to school. Test results can be emailed to us, but as we are incredibly busy at the start of day, we sometimes don’t get to emails until after the school day has started.

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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