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Coronavirus - Advice & Information

Returning to School - September 2021

On the 2nd September 2021 we welcomed back all pupils and staff to The Mary Towerton School. As a school, we want to ensure that all children continue to receive their full education.

 

Remote Education Provision-Information for Parents

Letter to Parents - 4th January 2021

Letter to Parents November 2020

Previous Covid-19 measures have changed for the start of this academic year. As a school, we are following Government Guidance to ensure all children continue to receive their full education. The details below give an outline of the changes:

  • We will not be having bubbles – we will be one whole school community. Staggered start times are no longer required. The start of the day drop-off window is detailed above
  • All children will be having break and lunch time together  
  • Face coverings are no longer required for staff or visitors
  • Staff members are continuing to carry out regular lateral flow tests twice a week
  • Regular handwashing will still take place and hand sanitiser will still be available in the morning and throughout the school for the pupils to use
  • Regular cleaning of door handles, tables and toilet areas will continue; spaces will continue to be well ventilated
  • If your child is identified as a close contact they will not need to self-isolate
  • We have a Covid-19 Management plan in place on what to do if anyone at school tests positive for COVID-19. 

 

Should my child attend school?

Yes, attendance is mandatory. Public Health England and the Government’s Chief Medical & Scientific Officers agree that there is a very low risk and rate of severe illness in children from COVID-19. School is the best place for your child to be. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, children are now able to enjoy more freedom in their education. Being at school keeps children’s education on track, so they can achieve their full potential, while also benefitting their mental and physical health and wellbeing. We are doing everything we can to ensure your child can continue to attend school. The benefit of attending school continues to significantly outweigh the COVID-19 health risk to children. If you have concerns, you should discuss these with your school and local authority so that your child is able to continue attending school.

 

What should I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms?

If your child has any of the main COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste), they should not attend school and should stay at home. You should arrange for them to get a PCR test and tell your child’s school the test results. Your child should not attend school while you are waiting for test results, even if they are feeling better. If the test is negative, they should go to school as normal. If they test positive, they should continue to isolate and follow public health advice.

 

What happens if my child has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms?

If your child has been identified as a close contact, you will be advised that your child takes a PCR test. They will not have to self-isolate, unless they have a positive PCR test result.

 

The main COVID-19 symptoms:

 

A high temperature – A temperature at 37.8 or above may indicate a fever. Your child may feel hot to the touch, especially on the chest and back. Take their temperature several times over a short period to establish a consistent reading at or over 37.8.

 

A new, continuous cough – Many children have coughs from time to time which may be associated with other medical conditions such as asthma. Listen carefully to the cough and observe your child to determine whether the cough you hear is different, new and continuous. Does the cough continue more than you have seen before?

 

A loss of, or change to, the sense of smell or taste.

 

When you have established that your child has a symptom of Covid – 19 they must stay off school and isolate for 10 days. These 10 days of isolation run from the date when the symptoms first appeared. The rest of the household need to isolate for 14 days. This means that siblings cannot be in school.

 

If you find that your child has symptoms and are unsure of the process outlined above, then please do give the school office a call.

 

Government Guidance: 

September 2021

 

School is the best place for your child to be. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, children are now able to enjoy more freedom in their education. Being at school keeps children’s education on track, so they can achieve their full potential, while also benefitting their mental and physical health and wellbeing. We are doing everything we can to ensure your child can continue to attend school.

 

For more information please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

 

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