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Letter to parents 14.09.2020

                                                                                                                      

       Nettleworth Infant School and Nursery

 

                                                                                                           14th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We would just like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ for your continued support and patience with our return to school procedures, as we all endeavour to minimise the risk of and transmission of coronavirus in our school. It has been amazing having our children back (97% attendance last week! J) and they have adapted really well to their new classes and school routines. The staggered start and finish times have required minor changes due to a few areas of congestion around school, but overall it is working successfully. Due the young age of our children, we have a significant number of parents on site bringing their child to school. We really appreciate that most parents feel able to wear a face covering whilst on the school premises as an extra precaution, particularly outside classroom entrances and near any congested areas around school.

 

As is the case in most schools, we have had a small number of children, or members of their households, who have displayed one or more of the symptoms of Covid-19 and have sought a test.  For reasons of confidentiality, school cannot inform other parents/carers when children are symptomatic, taking a test, or isolating because a member of their household is. This is following government guidance. We will however, inform parents/carers if a case is confirmed, whether or not it will affect their child’s class bubble, and what action they and their family need to take. 

As part of government guidelines regarding children returning to school, parents/carers must be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop symptoms in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
     
  • provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
     
    Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. 
     
    If your child displays symptoms of coronavirus, please inform school as soon as possible and DO NOT send your child or their siblings to school. 
     
    We ask that parents immediately inform school of the results of any coronavirus tests. If your child is tested and if your child’s results come back out of school hours please email this information to office24@nettleworth.notts.sch.uk 
     Please see the latest government guidance website link (10.09.20) and the extract below to follow after a test result comes back.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
     
  1. If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
     
  2. If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
     
    In order to support parents/carers with following current Public Health guidance, we have attached a quick reference guide with various scenarios relating to coronavirus. We hope you find this helpful.
     
    Again, thank you for your continued support. Please contact school if you have any concerns or questions - we are here to support you all. Take care and stay safe.
     
    Warm regards
     
    Mrs D Hyslop
     
    Head Teacher
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    CORONAVIRUS RELATED ABSENCE – QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS

What to do if…

Action needed

Return to school when…

…my child has

coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate
  • Get a test
  • Inform school immediately of the test result 

…the test comes back negative and your child feels well again

…my child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days 
  • Inform school immediately of the test result

…my child feels better. Your child can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell or taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.

…somebody in  my household has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate 
  • Household member to get a test
  • Inform school immediately of the test result 

…The household member test is negative. 

…somebody in my household has tested

positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

…your child has completed 14 days of self-isolation but only if they have not developed symptoms themselves during the 14 day isolation period

…NHS test and trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed

coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

 

…your child has completed 14 days of self-isolation but only if they have not developed symptoms themselves during the 14 day isolation.

… We have travelled, or may travel, and my child must self-isolate a part of a period of quarantine

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

  • Provide information as per your schools attendance policy and procedure

 

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed: 

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

…your child’s quarantine period of 14 days has been completed but only if no one in the household has developed symptoms during the 14 days of isolation

 

N.B. Any unauthorised leave of absence will be recorded as per ‘Department for Education guidance on School Attendance’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schoolattendance 

…we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school as required
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted, and shielding is paused again

…restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again. 

 

Other helpful website links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/what-your-test-result-means/

 

 
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