Wednesday 5th January 2022.
Happy New Year. I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas break.
As you will be aware, there are huge numbers of cases of Covid nationally and the new Omicron variant is spreading at an extremely rapid rate. Whilst we will be doing all that we can to hopefully prevent the spread in school, there is a risk that we may have a significant number of cases during January.
Our priority is to keep the school open. Whilst we are prepared to move to online learning if required, this would be the last resort and would only be a short-term option.
We have looked at school routines, will minimise mixing and, as far as is possible, will reduce contact opportunities. We will be continuing to encourage good hygiene including regular hand-washing, maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes, keeping occupied spaces well ventilated and following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
If children have symptoms – High temperature, loss of taste or continuous cough – they will be expected to get a PCR test.
New variants of Covid appear to have a different set of symptoms – headache, sore throat, loss of smell, sneezes, runny nose, fever, tiredness or persistent cough. If your child shows these symptoms, then they should have a Lateral Flow Test. If your child returns a positive Lateral Flow Test (LFD), they should then have a PCR test.
If someone in your household tests positive, or if your children are confirmed as a contact to someone who has tested positive, they are still allowed to come to school but they are requested to carry out a Lateral Flow Test every day for 7 days.
If your child receives a positive PCR test, they must isolate for at least 7 days. On days 6 and 7 the can do a Lateral Flow Test and if both are negative, and they have no symptoms, they can return to school on day 8. If they do not do a Lateral Flow Test on days 6 and 7, they must isolate for the full 10 days – a visual explanation of this can be found below.
I know that you will support us to keep our families and community safe. Please wear masks whilst on the school site and follow social distancing guidance where possible. By working together we can keep our school safe and open.
Werrington Primary School
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