COVID Update - December 15th 2021

Dear Parent/ Carer,

I am sending two letters out today. This is the short version, there is a second, more detailed version linked to this and on Facebook and the Website and contains the information from the Government as advice to all schools. Please look at this as well.

Today I was notified that we have had our first recorded case of Omicron on the main school site. The person is doing well and has been isolating. This news has brought home to us the need to ensure we are vigilant in line of the new information from the Government and from local Health officials.

From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not– should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Daily testing by close contacts will help to slow the spread of COVID-19, help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.

To support daily testing I am sending home testing kits with our children today.

Any close contacts of the individual will be notified, so if you are not contacted by us your child is not a close contact within the time frame. The kits are for you to use with your child when there is a close contact either in school or at home. I would ask that you keep at least one test for January 4th prior to returning to school and wherever possible test your child on the 4th.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children

  • 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.

If your child has symptoms:

  • If your child has COVID symptoms, they must stay at home. They must not go to school and they should go for a PCR test and isolate.
  • If your child receives a positive test result, whether LFD or PCR, please inform school so we can continue to work together to keep everyone safe.

If your child is identified as a contact of a positive COVID case:

  • You may be contacted by NHS Test & Trace or the school/setting and informed that your child has been identified as a contact. They will not need to isolate but will need to book and attend for a PCR test. They will be able to continue going to school if they have no symptoms and are well. If the test is positive or they have symptoms they must then isolate. Others in the household will not be required to isolate, unless it is Omicron, if they are fully vaccinated or are below the age of 18 years and 6 months.
  • If you haven’t booked your own vaccination or haven’t had your second dose, please arrange to do so as soon as you can. You can book online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free of charge to make an appointment.

Dinnington Update:

We moved the 11-19 main school cohort successfully into the new building at Dinnington in November. The pupils have been amazing and we are so impressed with their adaptability.  The demolition and build for EYFS and Primary on the main school site, is the next event to happen starting in February half term. We do have a training day on the 4th January where we are again focussing on a range of issues like Safeguarding and we are fortunate to have the NSPCC coming in next term to support us during the term with this. On another note, if there is likely to be any disruption due to any snow, I will always make sure the Facebook page and the Website has up to date information.

Many thanks to you all and wishing each and every one of you a Happy Christmas.

Paul Silvester

Headteacher

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