Covid 19 Information

The Village School COVID-19 response under new guidelines – December 2021 

We want to thank you for your support over the last few months. We know this time has been difficult for many of you, as well as for the young people you care for.

Our learners have missed a lot of time in school since the pandemic started and we recognise that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning.

We would like to reassure you that keeping students in the school is our priority, and we recognise that it has affected their immediate and longer-term well-being, however we need to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging you all to support your children to get vaccinated and to continue to test regularly. This will help to detect cases early, reduce spread, and keep students in education.

Our school has in place a set of measures to minimise the spread of the virus and keep children safe.

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our school you will receive this letter. You can view that letter here

As you are aware, in order to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education, government guidance around how schools should respond to positive cases of COVID-19 changed on the 19th July 2021: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges

Following the change in guidance on 19 July 2021, the school will continue to ensure confirmed cases of COVID-19 do not attend until the end of their self-isolation period but contact tracing within the school setting will no longer continue. Instead, and in order to prevent avoidable spread in school, we encourage all pupils and staff to continue with the twice weekly Lateral Flow Test (LFT) testing, to report all positive test results to us as previously and to follow-up the positive result with a confirmatory PCR test. You may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to get a PCR test if your learner has been identified as a close contact.

Please note that:

  • It is unlikely the school will be advised to close classes if a positive case is recorded, instead anyone required to self-isolate will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • The learner should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We encourage household members that are aged 11 and over to continue with twice weekly Rapid Lateral Flow testing to help identify cases promptly. These tests should have been sent home with your learner already, if not, please contact your class teacher.
  • If you are worried that a case has been reported at the school and you have not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace, you can arrange for your learner to take a PCR test, even if they do not have symptoms, because they may be at higher risk of being infected.

In terms of preventative measures, the school continues to:

  • Provide Rapid Lateral Flow testing kits for all pupils to test twice weekly at home.
  • Provide Rapid Lateral Flow testing kits for staff to test twice weekly at home.
  • Operate in three separate zones/bubbles where contact between staff and students in differing zones is limited as much as possible.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Require staff to wear masks or visors in their class bubbles (as much as possible) and in all indoor communal spaces around the school.
  • Encourage regular handwashing and sanitizing.

Our Protocols

Handwashing Technique

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to norm

Please review the NHS symptoms guide for Children and Adults as symptoms can change as new variants of the virus emerge.

What to do if your child has symptoms? 

Keep your child off school if they have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19. Pease also:  

  • Inform the school  
  • Complete the Lateral Flow Test (LFT)  
  • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible. 
  • Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate. 

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

 

Can I send my learner to school if someone in my household has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19? 

If your learner is under 18 years, 6 months old, then they are able to attend school. We do ask that you do the following in this instance:  

  • let the office know  
  • arrange for your learner to get a PCR test 
  • Carry out regular LFT’s at home. 

If your learner is over 18 years, 6 months old, and not double vaccinated then they cannot attend school and must self-isolate. 

 

What if my child become unwell at school with COVID-19 Symptoms? 

If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, they will be sent home and they and should follow public health advice. 

  • School to inform parents and parents must collect the children as soon as possible. 
  • If a pupil is awaiting collection, they should be left in a room on their own if possible and safe to do so.  
  • A window should be opened for fresh air ventilation if possible.  
  • Appropriate PPE should also be used if close contact is necessary. 

 

What to do if a learner is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

School to inform parents.

If the learner is in school – school to obtain consent from parents for nursing team to carry out an LFT in school.

School to send home a box of home LFT advising parents carry out regular testing at home for 10 days.

We will require proof of the LFT test.

If parents are unable to carry out the home testing – nursing team to support with this in school.

If the contact’s PCR results comes back positive:

Parent needs to book a PCR test for the learner. Class environment to enhance regular hand hygiene for the child.

Follow the NHS guidelines on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

 

If you have any questions regarding the arrangements, please contact our nursing team or class teachers.