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BELIEVING, LEARNING AND SHARING TOGETHER: From Monday the 17th Jan - the COVID isolation period moves to 5 days with 2 negative LFD tests on Day 5 and Day 6. Further information can be found in the COVID section. If your child is experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting, please keep them off school for 48 hours. Further information can be found on the parent webpage.
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Covid Information

January 2022 

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.

January 2022

Confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results

Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

December 2021- January 2022

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19

From 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 has been introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an LFD test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.

 

In the event of another whole school lockdown or the reinstatement of bubbles, we will revert to the COViD timetable below which includes staggered starts and end times.

Remote learning will be used to support daily learning, weekly homework tasks and provide lessons for children isolating at home.  (See individual class timetables on Google Classroom).

 

PLEASE ADHERE TO THE BUBBLE START TIMES AND ONLY ARRIVE 5 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR ALLOCATED TIME - this is to ensure that we are able to maintain a safe 2 metre waiting area for parents when dropping off and collecting children.

Breakfast Club will be available from 7:50am and After School Club until 5:15pm 

 

 

Bubble 1

 

 

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Start

9:00

 

Session1

9:10

 

 

Break

10:30

 

Session2

10:45

 

 

Lunch

12:15

 

Session3

1:00

 

Break

2:15

 

Session4

2:30

 

Home

3:30

Support

Class 1

Year 1

Class 2

Mrs Holroyd all day M.T.W. Th and Fri am only

Mrs Wells  (am only)

Miss Porter Brown all day  

 

Bubble 2

 

 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

 

Start

8:45

 

Session 1

8:55

 

 

Break

10:00

 

Session 2

10:10

 

 

Lunch

11:30

 

Session3

12:15

 

Break

1:45

 

Session4

2:00

 

Home

3:15

Support

Class 3

Class 4

Mrs Fielding all day

Mrs Hounslow (am only) 

 

Bubble 3

 

 

Year 6

 

 

Start

8:30

 

Session 1

8:40

 

 

Break

10:15

 

Session 2

10:25

 

 

Lunch

12:00

 

Session3

12:45

 

Break

2:00

 

Session4

2:15

 

Home

3:00

Support

 

 

 

 

Advice concerning Covid 19 symptoms:

Education settings follow the national and regional guidance on the three main symptoms for Covid.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

• a new, continuous cough and/or

• fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)

• loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) 

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should immediately self-isolate. They should not attend school and should get tested via NHS UK or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if they do not have internet access.

If there is any doubt about whether symptoms are due to Covid or not, a PCR test should be taken.

 

September 2021

School returned to being a whole school setting.

We are no longer operating a bubble system and staggered starts and finish times have been suspended. We are however, still focusing on all pupils, staff and visitors complying with Covid regulations and requirements which include:

  • ensuring the building and classrooms are well ventilated,
  • maintaining and encouraging social distancing whenever possible,
  • promoting good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times,
  • continuing with enhanced cleaning through the day,
  • complying with track and trace and isolation procedures for those who have tested positive or have symptoms relating to Covid -19.

For further information, please refer to our School Covid Secure Risk Assessment. 

Support

 Children's Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing 

It is imperative that children are encouraged and supported to look after their mental health, not just for a week but every single day.

 

Here are 5 tips for how you can improve your children and pupils' wellbeing

 

  • Step 1. "Teach them to be themselves" - Helping children to realise their strengths is a great way to build their confidence. Encourage children to notice and appreciate their own strengths, and those of others too.

 

  • Step 2: "Be grateful"- Help children to bring attention to what’s working well in their life by developing gratitude skills. To develop these skills, you can use techniques such as starting a gratitude journal or have a gratitude list discussion at breakfast/dinner.

 

  • Step 3: "Help them be more mindful"- A way in which we can help our children develop these skills is drawing for 10 minutes. Simply set a timer for 15 minutes and ask your child to draw something they can see. This activity isn’t about what the child decides to draw, it’s about whether they are able to focus on the activity and bring their attention back if they get distracted.

 

  • Step 4: "Be kind" - There are thousands of ways children and adults can show kindness every day, it can be fun to sometimes turn these small acts into every day rituals.

 

  • Step 5: "Teach them the importance of resilience" - One way to build resilience in children is to help them develop a growth mindset. Children with a strong mindset are more likely to try again when they fail, and also to attempt to learn how they can improve.
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