Covid Letter


Dear Parents and Carers, 

Following government guidelines changing over the break we wanted to remind you of the changes and offer guidance on what to do in relation to Covid and School Policy. 

Key actions we need to take to keep ourselves and our school community safe

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get boosted 
  • Continue to test regularly – with lateral flow tests
  • Wear face coverings in communal areas and when advised / appropriate to do so
  • Wear face coverings on public and school transport
  • Maximise ventilation
  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
  • Self-isolate if not well with covid symptoms, and get PCR test ASAP
  • Self-isolate if asked by NHS Test and Trace

Attendance and Remote Education

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly. 

If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with the school.

School will provide remote education for school-aged children who are unable to attend school due

to follow government guidance or law relating to COVID-19 (for example if they need to self-isolate, or if they have tested positive but are well enough to learn from home). This may be paper based or online based learning activities. 

Face Coverings

In school we ask that all staff, visitors and parents that are inside of school wear a face covering when in communal areas, unless you are medically exempt. Health advice continues to be that children in infant schools should not be asked to wear face coverings.

Tracing close contacts and isolation

Education settings are not undertaking contact tracing. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine
  • all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
  • people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  • people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.

Further information is available through these links:

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted 

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Outbreak Management Plan

The school has an outbreak management plan in place outlining how it would operate if the number of positive cases substantially increases within school. 

Financial support to care for a child who is self-isolating. 

You may be eligible for a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 from the local authority if your child has been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Further information on claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available. Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

Symptoms and Testing

Parents and other visitors are strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before entering the school.

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19. Further information can be found; Positive rapid lateral flow test results.

If you have a positive PCR test please follow the below 

As a school we would like to thank you for your continued support through this difficult time. 

Mrs Lythe

Business Manager 

#WeAreCarcroft

Covid-19

Following a recent alert from the Department of Education, we are requesting that all staff, visitors and contractors are to wear face coverings in communal areas within the school building. Therefore please can you wear a face covering when coming into school. If you are medically exempt please ensure you have proof to show staff.

We’re keeping a close eye on information coming from the local authority and government and will update you further if any other changes occur.

Thank you for your continued support with the rules we have to implement that are out of our control.

 

Crew CS

 

When to Self Isolate

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

Information: 

You may need to quarantine when you arrive in England from abroad. Check the quarantine rules when entering England on GOV.UK

When you do not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you’re under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Self Isolation

There have been a number of concerns raised with school that children that should be self isolating due to bubble closures have been out and about in the local community. Please can you keep your children at home if your bubble has been asked to self isolate.

Stay at home

Save lives

Protect our community

Daily Covid update – 22.03.21

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have colleagues who would like to receive this email directly, please ask them to use this subscription form. Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents. Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities. Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.

To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period,

– they are employed or self-employed.

– they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result

– they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment

That their child or young person:

– is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting

– has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. A template letter is available for early years and primary schools on the primary schools document sharing platform titled with the code RP81. A template letter is available for secondary schools and further education providers on the secondary schools and colleges document sharing platform titled with the code RP83. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate. Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place. The letter you give to parents and carers should explain to them that their local authority will conduct a check with their child’s setting if they apply for a payment.