Coronavirus / COVID–19 Update.
As I'm sure you will have noticed, the rate of Covid infections is growing again both nationally and locally. In order to reflect this we have decided to make some changes. We are therefore introducing, with immediate effect:
1. The mandatory wearing of masks for all staff and visitors everywhere indoors within school, when outside of a bubble.
2. An increase of hygiene steps to include greater frequency of handwashing and/or sanitising
3. An increased programme for disinfecting and wiping down of all surfaces and resources within the classrooms.
Thanks you all for your efforts so far - Lets stay safe!
However, we must all be aware of the symptoms which identify possible cases of Covid.
- a high temperature.
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Typical symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, are not considered symptoms of coronavirus, and as such, children do not need to be kept off school.
The government guidance is very clear. Where any of these symptoms are to be found then the student must not be sent into school until they have either self-isolated for 14 days or have been tested and received a negative result, and I ask that you follow this guidance closely.
Equally, if a student displays any of these symptoms within school our first step will be to isolate the student and ensure that the symptoms are genuine. Where the symptom is a high temperature, we shall then take two temperature tests at an interval of one hour and where both results are over 37.8° we shall contact parents and request that they come and collect their child. With regard to the coughing symptoms we shall also monitor closely, in isolation if necessary, and in consultation with the school nurses where we feel that the government guidelines are being met, we will contact parents and ask that their child is collected and that the above guidance regarding testing or self-isolation is put into action.
I appreciate the potential for inconvenience the implications of these steps may cause, but equally, I hope that you will understand that we must take every precaution to protect our students and staff from any possibility of catching this horrible virus.
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