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.

Contact this week with isolating crews

If your child(ren) are self isolating this week due to bubble closures in school, class teachers and support staff will be calling each day to check in with the children. This maybe on an anonymous number therefore can I ask that you answer as it maybe someone from school.

These checks are to have a general chat with the children and to see if school can assist whilst they are isolating.

Once again thank you for your continued support, take care and stay safe.

Bubble Closures

The following crews need to self isolate until Monday 29th March, returning to school Monday 12th April (after the Easter holidays)

Crew Welburn

Crew Flaherty

Crew Ferguson

Crew Shields

Crew Boswell

Crew Elmer

Crew Welburn Self Isolation

19.03.2021

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Unfortunately, a staff member in Crew Welburn has had a positive result following the use of a Lateral Flow Test and will therefore now take a PCR test to confirm this as a positive case of Covid-19.  Until the result is received and in accordance with DFE guidance, any child who has close contact with the affected staff member must isolate immediately.

All Children and Staff within this bubble are required to self isolate for 10 days. Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a negative result then your child will be able to return to school if they have been accessing in-school learning.  We will inform you of any changes via text and email.

Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a positive your child will need to continue their isolation until the 10 days have finished. 

Please note that other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community and to support the NHS.

Teachers will be in contact next week regarding learning during this isolation time.  We would like children to check-in everyday as part of our safeguarding procedures.  Children should be familiar with this process however should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Stay safe, Mrs Lythe

Crew Shields Self Isolation

19.03.2021

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Unfortunately, a staff member in Crew Shields has had a positive result following the use of a Lateral Flow Test and will therefore now take a PCR test to confirm this as a positive case of Covid-19.  Until the result is received and in accordance with DFE guidance, any child who has close contact with the affected staff member must isolate immediately.

All Children and Staff within this bubble are required to self isolate for 10 days. Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a negative result then your child will be able to return to school if they have been accessing in-school learning.  We will inform you of any changes via text and email.

Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a positive your child will need to continue their isolation until the 10 days have finished. 

Please note that other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community and to support the NHS.

Teachers will be in contact next week regarding learning during this isolation time.  We would like children to check-in everyday as part of our safeguarding procedures.  Children should be familiar with this process however should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Stay safe, Mrs Lythe

Face Coverings

We’ve been kindly donated some face masks for our parents and carers.

Mr Hull will be out in the play ground on Tuesday morning if you need one.

Protect our pupils

Protect our staff

Protect our community

Wear a face mask

Crew Fox Closed

04.02.2021

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I would like to inform you that a pupil in Crew Fox has unfortunately tested positive for Coronavirus on Thursday 4th February. This bubble is now closed. 

The pupils’ symptoms started on Wednesday 3rd February. Following government guidance all pupils and staff that have been to school MUST self isolate. 

Please ensure your children self isolate and DO NOT leave their house at any time during the 10 days self isolation. The isolation will end on 13th February. All pupils and staff can return to school on Monday 22nd February. 

Mrs Fox will be in touch regarding online learning.

I am sure you will join me in wishing the pupil a speedy recovery.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. 

Stay safe.

Mrs Lythe

 

Crew Elmer Closure due to LFD Result

31.01.2021

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days 

Dear Parents / Carers, 

As you are aware, at the request of the Department for Education (DFE), we have introduced Lateral Flow Testing of staff to keep everybody in our school as safe as possible.

Unfortunately, a staff member has had a positive result following the use of a Lateral Flow Test and will therefore now take a PCR test to confirm this as a positive case of Covid-19.  Until the result is received and in accordance with DFE guidance, any child who has close contact with the affected staff member must isolate immediately.

Your child has been identified as having had close contact with the member of staff and will therefore need to isolate until the PCR results are returned.

Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a negative result then your child will be able to return to school if they have been accessing in-school learning.  We will inform you of any changes via text and email.

Should the result of the PCR test of the staff member return as a positive your child will need to continue their isolation until the 10 days have finished. 

Please note that other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period.

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community and to support the NHS.

It is unfortunate that we are unable to have Crew Elmer in school until further notice. 

Furthermore, their class teachers will be available to support with online learning.  We would like children to check-in everyday as part of our safeguarding procedures.  Children should be familiar with this process however should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Lythe

School Business Manager

Staff Lateral Flow Testing

Dear Parents/Carers, 

The Department for Education has recently announced that it will start a programme of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools. Our school has now taken delivery of these tests.

The testing of staff will start next week. The tests will take place twice weekly (usually Sunday Morning and Wednesday evening) at home. This will give us some time to inform you of bubble closures as soon as we can.  This form of testing will hopefully minimise the chance of asymptomatic staff attending school and being in a class. 

If a staff member tests positive following testing using a Lateral Flow Test, they will need to have this confirmed by taking a PCR test (taken at a test centre) with results normally available within 48 hours, or sooner. The safety of our school community is paramount, should a member of staff have a positive Lateral Flow test, we will take the following action: 

  • The class bubble will temporarily close immediately
  • The staff member will have a PCR test
  • The member of staff has a negative PCR test – the bubble will reopen the next day
  • The member of staff has a positive PCR test – the bubble will remain closed with members of that bubble isolating for 10 days

We are pleased that this is happening for our staff, as we want to make our school a safe place for everyone. This does however, mean that more bubbles may close at short notice and we ask that you continue to work with us and support us in trying to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can during these difficult times.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Lythe

School Business Manager