In January, we introduced additional control measures to prevent a spread of Covid-19 in school and reduce the number of contacts both children and staff have in the building. In addition to these increased measures, we have also set up and started using our lateral flow testing in school, where all staff are offered at least one test per week. We will be also offering this to all transport providers in the near future.
With the new strain of Covid-19 being 50-70% more transmissible and the safety of staff and students being of upmost importance, we are reminding all staff and students of symptoms. We are conscious that some of our students may not be able to communicate feeling unwell; therefore, we ask parents and carers to remain vigilant with their children. If any student or staff member experiences any of these symptoms, they will need to stay at home and get a test. A negative result will enable a return to school, however if a test is not suitable for the child, then they must self-isolate for 10 days.
· Temperature, Fever or chills
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
Due to this, if we have a staff absence then we may need to reduce the number of children in the class bubble for a short amount of time. This is to ensure we have a safe staff to student ratio and can fully support each child in school, without moving staff between bubbles. In this instance, we would only be able to take the most vulnerable and then any children of critical key workers. If you think you are defined as a critical key worker and in the event of a partial bubble closure, would need to be considered for a school place then please request a critical worker form from myself on dojo.
If your child or a member of your household becomes symptomatic, receives a positive result, or if your child has been in close contact outside of school with a positive case, please ensure we are informed as soon as possible.
As always, if you have any questions then please feel free to contact me.
Deputy Head Teacher