Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

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HEALTH INFORMATION

Don't forget to contact the school if your child has a positive Lateral Flow test or positive PCR test.

For Health Advice see here https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/attendance/good-health-and-hygene 

Contact during term time or at weekends should be using the absence systems/ see below also https://fairlight.sites.schooljotter2.com/school-office/attendance 

We will need further information regarding the test results e.g. photos/ copies of the Positive result.

Please do not send via SeeSaw. 

UPDATED ADVICE TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF

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.

CURRENT POSITIVE LFT OR PCR CASES/ POSITIVE LFT CASES AWAITING PCR- updated on Thursday 27th January 2022.

We currently have children and staff off with Covid in the following classes and therefore parents from these classes may want to read the advice below  :

PUPILS

  • 2 children off with Covid in Octopus Class,
  • 1 child off with Covid in Marlin Class,
  • 3 children off with Covid in Sharks Class,
  • 4 children off with Covid in Mantaray Class,
  • 4 child off with Covid in Stingray Class,
  • 2 children off with Covid in Pelicans Class,
  • 2 children off with Covid in Starfish Class,
  • 1 child off with Covid in Dolphins Class,
  • 1 member of staff off with Covid in Pelican.

STAFF

  • 1 member of staff off with Covid in Seahorses,
  • 1 member of staff off with Covid in Octopus,
  • 1 member of Senior Leadership Team,
  • 1 member of Kitchen Staff,
  • 1 member of Pastoral Team.

All of this information has been shared with Public Health who have clarified we continue to follow the guidance and guidelines correctly and our procedures in school remain robust and appropriate. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. 

ADVICE TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF

WARN AND INFORM LETTER 

Updated January 2022

This letter is relevant if you have a child in a class where there are current confirmed positive test results.

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.

People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

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 pupil/member of staff.

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 the same class) 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 7 days after their symptoms appeared and follow advice on LFT testing. 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

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Damien Jordan

Headteacher

Fairlight Primary and Nursery School

SYMPTOMS OF COVID

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a PCR test as soon as possible.

Stay at home until you get the result and follow the advice given at the test centre.

MAIN SYMPTOMS

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:

  1. Get a PCR test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. 

URGENT ADVICE: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

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 headteacher@fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk 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 headteacher@fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk or ring/ text 07436 193831