January 2022

Week 3: Monday 17th January:

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

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (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 of their tests 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.

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.

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

 

Week 2: Monday 10th January:

The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed - from 11.01.2022. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart if you do not have a high temperature. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day; taken on day 6 and 7, 24 hours apart.

GOV.UK guidance remains the same: How to Stay Safe

Click Here for Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Week 2: Caseload: 6 adults and 4 children

 

Week 1: Caseload: 4 adults and 3 children currently isolating

 

COVID UPDATE FOR THE RETURN TO SCHOOL IN JANUARY 2022

 

Prepared Tuesday 2nd January, 2022

At the time of publication, there remains few changes to the advice already provided by the DfE and the current arrangements we already have in place will remain so.

 

The biggest change is around the isolation period for those who test positive. If you contact the school to inform us that your child has tested positive then we will inform you of what information we will require before your child can return to school and when this will be. 

 

The biggest impact on the school is likely to continue to be reduced numbers of staff and children who are attending school as they either have COVID-19 or are in some way linked to a positive COVID-19 case and are isolating or looking after someone with COVID-19. 

 

Despite the Governments "plan" for schools to use retired ex staff, we will continue to review the staffing situation and do what we can with the staff we have in school and already available to us.  The reality is that there are not additional available to Bevendean for cover is staff are unable to attend school for whatever reason. 

 

We are however expecting to see some further updates from the Department of Education and the Local Authority in the coming weeks as the situation becomes clearer once schools return and once everyone returns to work (or not as the case may be).

 

All updated COVID-19 information will be provided to Debbie, Karen and Natalie – our amazing Admin Team so please ensure you follow the advice and guidance they provide!

 

DfE (Department for Education Guidance to Schools:

  • Follow and promote public health guidance on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes with one-off additional cleaning following a symptomatic case on site, focusing on touch points and any shared equipment
  • Keep occupied spaces ventilated and consider moving activities outside when feasible especially where large groups gather, there is contact between those who would not usually mix or where singing, shouting or exercise may be taking place.
  • Send strong communications to encourage pupils (or parents of primary/nursery/preschool children) and staff to undertake twice weekly LFD testing and reinforce advice on symptoms and case isolation.
  • Use PPE in specific circumstances such as within 2m of a symptomatic student
  • Review and reinforce hygiene measures with particular support for those where maintaining hygiene standards may be difficult (e.g. younger cohorts).
  • Use face coverings in communal areas (Year 7 and above pupils, staff and visitors). DfE now strongly advises this and it is in the guidance Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

The core message to everyone is:  Public Health messaging remains that the most important steps are good ventilation, social distancing, good hand hygiene, wearing face coverings when required, symptom free LFD testing and self-isolation and testing if you have symptoms however mild.

 

What does this mean for Bevendean Primary School and Nursery from Wednesday 5th January, 2022?

  • Face coverings MUST BE WORN by visitors to the school, parents / carers entering the playground at the beginning and end of each day.
  • Don't send your child to school if they are unwell with COVID-19  symptoms – if unsure – please call the school.
  • Any child who displays symptoms in school will be sent home and will not be able to return until a negative PCR test result is provided.
  • If you child is unwell (with COVID-19 symptoms but also with other symptoms) then please seek a PCR test.
  • It remains extremely helpful if families (parents and children) undertake Lateral Flow Testing (LFT's) twice a week.  This information is provided from the Local Authority: Primary school aged children are not asked to undertake LFD tests at the start of term, however we encourage parents and carers in households with primary school aged children to take a LFD test before their child returns to the school if they can. In addition, schools are strongly encouraged to ask parents and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering the school. The national guidance also reminds people generally to test before they mix with people in crowded or indoor places and if they visit someone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.’
  • Household Contacts of someone with COVID-19 – The Local Authority state: ‘Household contacts of someone with covid-19, aged 5 years and over, who are not legally required to self-isolate, are strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days, and to take this daily LFD test before you leave home in the morning. Those that have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days are still strongly advised to take part in the 7 day daily lateral flow test’.
  • Contact the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19 so that we can monitor cases and inform others if required.  The admin team will request dates etc. from you so please have these noted
  • We will continue to update you on what is going on with cases in school.
  • Our school timetable continues to ensure that groups within the school do not mix throughout the school day – these are:

- EYFS (Nursery and Reception

-  Year 1 & 2

-  Year 3 & 4

-  Year 5 & 6

  • Consistent levels of handwashing and sanitising will continue throughout the school day.
  • School staff will LFT 3 times a week.  The LA Guidance is: ‘On-going testing: ‘Staff should continue to test twice weekly at home, with LFD test kits, 3- 4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.
  • Staff will face coverings in all communal areas of the school and in the school playground at the start and end of the school day.

Further measures we may have to consider in the event of increased cases or shortages of staff.

  • Remote learning for a period of time - this will be classes / year groups / the whole school working from home; however, this will be determined by the COVID-19 caseload and significant decreased staffing capacity

 

IMPORTANT: Self-Isolation advice for people with COVID-19 has changed (LA Guidance 02.01.2022):

It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart if you do not have a high temperature.

-  The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day. Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). 

-  If you end your self-isolation period before 10 full days you are strongly advised:

 -  to limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces

-  to work from home if you are able to

-  in addition to venues where it is a legal requirement, to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces and where you are in close contact with other people

-  to limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19

to follow the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

 

The school will continue to communicate with you as and when required.  This will be via:

-  email: please ensure the school has your up-to-date email address

-  ScholarPack Parent App: More than ever, it is essential that you have this App so that you can received free notifications from us (see Apple App Store and Google Play Store links on the front page of the school’s website).  

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