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COVID-19 information

COVID-19 information

 

Any letters relating to the school closure period earlier this year and our school plan can be found here -  under 'letters home'. Please also check out our newsletters as these have COVID-19 alerts and reminders on each week. You can find them here.

 

Click on the following links to find out more information about remote learning, behaviour and safeguarding during this COVID-19 situation.

 

 

Lockdown is hard - self-isolating is hard - shielding is hard - the end is in sight. 

 

Be kind to yourself, give yourself a break, do not put too much pressure on yourself

Check out our padlet - 'HOPS families smashing lockdown one day at a time' for ideas on how to get through this as a family. Click here

 

Click on the image below for more information on Local COVID-19 Alerts for Nottinghamshire County Council

 

 Follow the links below for government, NHS and PHE guidance.

 

Please note - this page and the content in it has been updated  - 10th May 2021 

 

UPDATE - PLEASE REMEMBER, ALL SCHOOL SITE AND BUILDING GUIDANCE IS STILL IN PLACE UNTIL THE SCHOOL PLAN CHANGES

Roadmap out of lockdown - 'not before the 17th May' updates

 

NHS guidance relating to symptoms of Coronavirus

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

Government 'stay at home' guidance - households with possible Coronavirus infections

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

Government guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Government guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

 

Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

 

 

NHS guidance - Testing and tracing for coronavirus

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

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

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

Government guidance - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Support bubbles 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household

 

Travel corridors

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

 

Stay at home guidance for households with COVID 19

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

Lateral flow tests for families - see below for more info

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

 

 

Lateral flow testing for families

 

Our public health colleagues continue to urge all of us to ensure that all the protective measures continue to be rigorously adopted at this time in schools and other settings. As many as one in three people who contract the virus show no symptoms so could be spreading the disease unknowingly. The testing underway in special, secondary and FE with both staff and children and in primary with staff, is key to the government’s strategy to identify more asymptomatic individuals with LFTs now being used by primary school staff as well. Even though twice weekly lateral flow device (LFD) testing has been rolled out in schools, having a negative result will not prevent people later catching coronavirus, so it is still very important to continue to follow the Hands, Face and Space guidance and maintain social distancing in order to reduce the chance of being infected. Regular testing should continue even after being vaccinated, as the vaccination may not protect everybody from catching coronavirus. Also, if they do catch coronavirus after being vaccinated, they may be asymptomatic, so it is still important to be tested.

 

LFD home testing is now available to members of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble which contains a person who works in or attends a school.

 

The twice-weekly tests can be accessed:

• through a person’s employer, if they offer testing to employees

• at a local community asymptomatic test site

• by collecting a home test kit from a test site

• by ordering a home test kit online.

 

Following the announcement that LFTs are to be made available to the adults within households of statutory aged children, these can now be ordered by using the following link - click here or copy and paste the link below into your browser:

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

 

which also provides information as to where the nearest community test sites can be found. Again, this is a significant development that will help to identify positive cases more quickly, break the chains of transmission and reduce the disruption that so many education settings have experienced in recent months.

This website also gives further information on the use of LFD tests and what to do in the event of a positive result. Staff and pupils should not use the above route but should continue to use the twice-weekly tests using home test kits provided by their school. Schools should not give parents test kits from the school’s stock but should refer them to the options above. 

 

Flowcharts

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PHONE SCHOOL IF YOUR CHILD DISPLAYS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS  AT HOME AS YOU WOULD DO WITH ANY ABSENCE.

 

 

 

Questions and answers - COVID-19 

Click here to submit a question for this page and we will endeavor to post them as soon as possible.

 

 I’m asthmatic - will I have to wear my exemption lanyard? If you wish to wear your lanyard, you can - face coverings are not mandatory, we are encouraging them to support the protection of each other. 

If school is forced to close, how will the flu vaccine proceed? This will be managed by the immunisations team - a lot of other schools will be in the same position. We are putting the question to them and will update if a reply is received. 

Can the collection end of day locations be reviewed? There are snaking queues immediately entering the gate - some exit quicker than others but this area can become crowded. Is one way system possible inside gates? Closer monitoring outside gate for those who do not adhere to the one way ( particularly those waiting on Atkin lane to collect children) Too congested everyone using Atkin Lane entrance/exit, maybe use Atkin Lane to enter and the top gate to exit? People can keep walking rather than standing in groups. -

 

There have been a few comments about this concern - THIS IS UNDER REVIEW TODAY 21.09.20

We have other year groups using the top gate so therefore a one way system cannot be implemented through the playground. 

Are different year groups using the same toilets? If so are they being cleaned at regular intervals and sticking to 1 to 2 children at a time. Bubbles are allocated to different toilets and they also have timetabled toilet times too. They have staggered lunch and break times to avoid gatherings. We have an enhanced cleaning schedule which means that toilets are cleaned at regular intervals, bins emptied and touch points throughout school cleaned too. This is always under review. 
Could session 2 children be accepted into school at the same time as session 1 where there is a sibling in session 1 to prevent the need for parents to be waiting around? This is difficult as we need to ensure that children are being supervised as appropriate. If there are family specific issues, then please do get in touch. Otherwise try to drop off at the nearest time for both classes. 
Can Year 6 come out of the main door to avoid crowding on the pavement? This is under review - reminders are in place from today 21.09.20 for them to walk single file, stay to the side and wait carefully. 

Would it be possible to have bigger gaps and more staggered times? At the moment the parents are all crossing paths on the narrow pavements with only a 10 minute gap between start times? Thank you I know it is difficult. To make it easier for sibling drop offs, we need to keep the time as close together as is safely possible. If the times are stuck to as written and the children are let in and let out on time, then the transitions should be seamless. 

Is school going to close? Currently, there is no guidance to suggest that school closure are happening. 
If the schools do close, then will there be more online class sessions available by the teacher to the children? Yes, we are fine tuning our remote learning policy which outlines how learning will continue if there are periods of self-isolation or school closure. 

 

 

We all have a responsibility to keep our school community safe - play your part.

 

If you have any questions about this page or it's contents, please get in touch with the school office. 01623 461313 or email office.school@highoakham.notts.sch.uk

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