ADVICE TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF
Posted Monday 20th September 2021
Firstly thank you to all of those parents who have read and followed the advice that was posted over the weekend.
As you will see the advice that is now being given by Public Health and the school is now quite different to previous advice around Covid so it is important that you read it carefully.
Inevitably following the first cases of the school year many parents and families have then undertaken Lateral Flow tests to check if they have Covid. This has subsequently led to a number of children testing positive on Lateral Flow Tests and who are now seeking PCR tests and results. Many of these did not have any symptoms of Covid and were not feeling unwell.
As you will recall from the Weekly Updates this is something we were expecting to see and were being advised was likely to happen. Hence our caution at going back to normal with everything.
I have today spent time discussing the current position with Public Health and the advice is clearly set out below that they have given around the current situation.
- Children should be in school if they are well.
- If a child shows symptoms of Covid (see below) then they should be tested.
- Any child who tests positive on a Lateral Flow test should get a PCR test immediately and should isolate until the results have been given.
- Contact with a confirmed case does not mean you have to self isolate if you have been double jabbed or are Under 16. And also if you are in this group does not mean you should test unless you have symptoms or are worried that may need to test due to your own health circumstances or the health needs of others.
- ALL positive cases should be reported to the school- see below for how to do this out of school hours.
As a school in recognition of the increased number of cases we have reviewed our current plan and have no plans to make significant changes at this time. This will be reviewed however daily at the current time.
We are going however to do a few bits. More as a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet.
- You don't have to isolate if you have had contact with a Positive Covid Case.
- We are going to remind all children about the importance of hand washing and sanitising.
- If any children wish to wear masks then this will be allowed.
- We are going to intensively clean areas of the school where confirmed PCR cases have been learning.
- In classes where there are confirmed PCR cases we will restrict interaction with other groups where possible.
- Staff working in Year Groups with positive PCR cases will be asked to Lateral Flow more frequently.
- Remote learning will be set for those children who have a positive PCR test via SeeSaw.
BEING OPEN AND HONEST- but please don't panic!!
As I shared in previous updates I am also going to continue to be honest about the current situation to ensure everyone has the information they require.
At the current time we are monitoring and awaiting the results from PCR tests where children have tested positive on a Lateral Flow test. Once I have these I will add to the lists below if required.
However at the current time we have the following positive PCR cases:
- 1 member of teaching staff
- 1 Year 6 pupil- Sharks
- 1 Year 1 pupil- Whales
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
ADVICE TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF- WARN AND INFORM LETTER
Posted Saturday 18th September 2021
Dear Parents and Staff,
We are writing to inform you that Fairlight Primary School and Nursery has been notified of a COVID-19 case of a teacher who has worked with a number of individual children and Year 1 children. We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The school/nursery/college/ setting remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We encourage household members that are aged 11 and over to continue with twice weekly LFD testing to help identify cases promptly.
CLOSE/ DIRECT CONTACTS
If you think your child or yourself are a close contact (a child in Year 1/ a member of staff who has had direct contact or a having been contacted directly by the school to say your child has had direct contact) but has not have not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace please follow the guidance here 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/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#i-think-i-have-had-contact-with-someone-who-has-tested-positive-for-covid-19-but-i-have-not-been-notified-and-advised-to-self-isolate-what-should-i-do
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If the child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.
Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
- you are fully vaccinated
- you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
- you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and has only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or has not received any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to self-isolate as household contact of a someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing and someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the stay at home guidance which provides information on this.
Household members who are not exempt from isolation as close contacts should not go to work, school/college/childcare/education setting or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.
Instructions for household contacts who are not required to self-isolate from 16 August
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
- limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
- wearing a face covering for those aged 11 and over in crowded places such as school/college/public transport
- limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable · taking part in regular LFD testing
You should follow this advice while the person in your household with COVID-19 is self-isolating.
If you are a health or social care worker or a student undertaking a work placement who has been identified as a household contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.
If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
- get vaccinated – everyone aged 18 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now and 16-17 year olds are being offered 1 dose of the vaccination by 23 August
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
- open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
- participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines (recommended for 11 years and over). We encourage you to log your results here: https://www.gov.uk/log-test-site-covid19-results
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Fairlight Primary and Nursery School
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
EVERYONE please read the letter above carefully.
If you have been contacted by the school directly or your child is in Year 1 then please follow the advice below:
- You should carefully follow the guidance on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19
- You may want to administer a Lateral Flow Test
- You can arrange to take a PCR test, even if you do not have symptoms, because you may be at higher risk of being infected.
If you or your child then test positive please follow the government advice and please contact the school as outlined below- COVID CONTACT AT HALF TERM OR WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED
If you have any URGENT questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr Jordan will try to answer them if possible however if it can wait until Monday then please contact the school then.
COVID CONTACT AT HALF TERM OR WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED
Below is what you will need to do to contact the school over Half Term or at the weekend or in the evening if a child or member of staff tests positive or gets a positive test result for Covid outside of the school day.
Below is the information from the Department of Education however simplified so that you know what this means for parents at Fairlight.
- If your child tests positive or you get a positive test result for Covid on Saturday or Sunday/ at half term / in the evening- you will need to contact the school via email@example.com and/or ring or text 07436 193831 where you will need to leave your name and contact details. A member of the school will then be in contact with you to discuss this further and advise as to what action we will need to take, what you will need to do and who we need to contact.
- PLEASE DO NOT POST OF FACECHAT OR INSTABOOK. TELL US FIRST.
- The Headteacher email address will be monitored at 9am and 3pm daily on days when the school is closed.
- DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL ONCE SCHOOL HAS CLOSED FOR HALF TERM/ AT WEEKENDS OR AFTER 4pm - email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/ text 07436 193831
Below is information for parents on how they can access lateral flow testing.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you're worried about your symptoms
- you're not sure what to do
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
ISOLATION AND CONTACTS
If you have not had direct contact with someone who has tested positive you do not need to isolate.
We have seen an increase in the number of people either having to take tests or being told to isolate.
To clarify a key point for all parents.
In all instances we would ask that you contact the School Office and speak to Julianna who can advise you correctly as to what to do and what will now happen. This is so that we can then advise parents and ensure everyone who needs to know is told officially- and not via Whatsapp or the Argus.
To help with a few other points we have answered a few simple questions here:
Do I get a test if I have the symptoms?
Yes if you or any member of your household show any of the symptoms then they should be tested.
Do we all need to get a test?
No. Only those who show the symptoms should be tested. Anyone with direct contact with them (living in the same house for example) should isolate.
My eldest has been sent home from school because someone in their class has tested positive. Do I need to keep my other children at home?
No. They have not had direct contact with the child who tested positive. They are fine to come to school unless they show symptoms- whereby they should then be tested.