Jul 11

Update on class closures and isolation requirements

Good Afternoon, 

I hope you are all well, having a good weekend and I know many are looking forward to the match this evening. 

Update on Class Closures

All members of staff who tested positive using LFT tests have now tested positive on PCR tests. They all have symptoms but are feeling ok. This means that all the pupils and staff in the affected classes (Nursery, Mrs Allan, Mrs Cox/Mrs Mackey) must isolate until Saturday 17th July 2021 and unless they are showing Coronavirus symptoms, can return to school on Monday 19th July 2021. 

All the information I have given has been verified by Public Health England and the Department for Education. If you have any questions, please direct them to school only. 

I am aware that there are a number of children in school who are showing symptoms and parents have or are having getting a PCR test. If your child has the following symptoms, you must keep them off school until they have tested negative on a PCR test. 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your child is showing any of the symptoms outlined in blue below, from the letter from Dean Wallace, director of public health, they must have a PCR test. The letter doesn’t say  they need to isolate until the result comes back but I request that they don’t come into school until the result comes back. I don’t ask this lightly as it goes against everything we believe in and want the children in school. However, this is to keep our school community safe and reduce the chance of further bubble closures and the need to isolate.  Please inform school using the child absence form on the website, text system or phone school to notify us and we will authorise the absence. 

Extract from letter by from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health.

We are now seeing the Delta variant become the dominant variant within Derbyshire County as it
is across the country. It has been recognised that those people testing positive with the Delta
variant may have other symptoms aside from a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a
loss or change to sense of smell or taste – which are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
The additional symptoms are:
• tummy ache
• sore throat
• headaches
• runny nose
• sneezing
• joint pain
• muscle aches or generally feeling
• loss of appetite
• diarrhoea
• feeling or being sick
• muscle ache
• feeling drowsy
• tiredness
If anyone in the school/early years community (parents/carers/siblings/staff) has any of the above
symptoms we are advising you to get a PCR test – tests that are sent to a laboratory.

Isolation and Google Classrooms

For those children isolating and we will provide work Google Classrooms, as we did during the last lockdown. Those children and staff must isolate in line with the government guidelines and must not come into school to pick up siblings. Please see the NHS isolation information below. These are not school rules, they are government instructions and law. Please follow the guidance to reduce transmission, keep people safe and avoid a fine or prosecution.  

Everyone’s circumstances are different, if you have no other choice but to keep siblings off school, please notify school (as above) and the absence will be authorised. 

NHS Isolation Information

I fully appreciate how difficult juggling work and childcare is and we all in school fully appreciate your support and patience. 

I would like to finish with a massive thank you to all staff and the whole school community for the really positive way you have all dealt with this pandemic. 

I am sorry for the weekend message.

Have a great weekend. 

Mr Woodward

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