Coronavirus / COVID–19 Update.
I am sure you are all aware of the recent national increase of cases of Covid 19 and will no doubt be sharing our concerns as to how this may impact on school.
Can I start by reassuring you all that we have instigated many steps which will help to protect all pupils and staff from the dangers which this virus can pose. For example, we have grouped students in “Bubbles” to avoid them mixing with other students, we have greatly increased the hygiene requirements around school and we have increased the availability of PPE to all who require it.
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.
Working Arrangements September 2020
- Coronavirus: Children behind rising demand for tests in England
Three times as many children under nine were tested in early September as in the previous two weeks.
- Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM's plan?
The new coronavirus restrictions have been met with mixed reviews.
- Covid: Coronavirus cases in England up 60% in a week
Every case is estimated to result in between 1.2 and 1.5 further infections, government estimates fi…
- Coronavirus: UK pledges £500m to global vaccine-sharing scheme
The PM will call on world leaders to set aside differences as he sets out plans to prevent future pa…
- Covid vaccine: Trial of new coronavirus vaccine starts in UK
It is only the second vaccine to enter large scale trials in the UK and early signs suggest it can t…