Updated Guidance for Parents/Carers
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Current isolation, end and release dates for each class are listed below.
No classes isolating as at 29th November 2021
Important Information – Covid 19 Update
Testing reminder for parents and carers.
Have coronavirus symptoms and need a test?
If anyone in your household has symptoms you need to book a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test as soon as possible. For more information and to book a PCR test visit Get Coronavirus Test or call NHS test and trace free on 119
As coronavirus symptoms in children can vary it is advised that children who are unwell should not attend school until they are well again.
If you have difficulty accessing a PCR test your school may be able to help, as most schools retain a small stock of these tests.
Alternatively Durham County Council offers support to people seeking further advice about coronavirus through the County Durham Together Community Hub, details of which can be found at Covid19 Help or by phoning 03000 260 260.
Dear Parents and Carers,
COVID-19 – Update, Safety Measures, Support and Contingency Planning
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding during the recent COVID related disruption. We are so pleased to see the children back in school, working hard and enjoying their school days.
Please note the following important information.
1. Key guidance that must be followed.
Government guidance continues to advise that in most instances PCR tests should be booked if one of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste and smell are in place.
In schools, and definitely from our experience, children who have tested positive appear to be showing a wide variety of symptoms. We therefore need to remind parents that they should not send their children to school if they are unwell. Also can we please remind parents not to send children to school if anyone in a household is unwell with symptoms until that person has a negative PCR test. This must be reported to school.
Lateral flow tests are available for regular family testing, please access them as they may well pick up a positive case that is ‘asymptomatic’. Please see the following information from Durham County Council. Free LFD testing and home testing kits are now available. Find out more and book appointments
2. Safety Measures
Last Tuesday week we had a visit from a member of Durham County Council Health and Safety team. Time was taken to review all of the measures we have put in place since the pandemic started and to see these working during the morning session.
I am very proud to have received a written report that confirmed all of the COVID Safety protocols we have in place meet all expectations. There are no further actions required.
However, because we are currently in a ‘high risk area’ we must remain extremely vigilant to avoid further class or whole school closures.
To help with this I am pleased to see many of you wearing face masks especially at collection time. Also thank you for how and where you are standing at the end of the day. We have had very positive comments from the Police and PCSO’s who have been monitoring this in Shildon.
Following the lockdown periods and ‘different return to school routines’ we have seen an impact on children in both their academic and social, emotional needs.
I have personally spoken to many of you about the individual concerns you have for your child.
Over the next few weeks, we will be providing more information outlining the support we are offering for all children and families, so you are all aware of our approach to academic catch-up as well as all other aspects of your child’s development. The support will be linked specifically to your child’s class as well as the ‘whole school’.
4. Contingency Plans
Over the previous lockdowns we have provided you with access to on-line learning opportunities for each class. In addition to this we provided a book and log-in information. On the last occasion, prior to Easter, we were aware that many of you had returned your child’s workbooks and may not have kept all log-in details separately.
We are providing all children with a new book and log-in details. Please keep this safely at home in the event that any class should have to self-isolate again. We hope never to be used!
A reminder that we do have laptops in school for parents to borrow if required.
Information from the Department of Education – Test and Trace Support Payment for Parents
Advice from Durham County Council
Information for all Families
Home Testing Letter
Financial Support Specifically for Families with Children
Summer Term 2021 Covid 19 Risk Assessment
Full School Opening 8th March 2021 – Infection Control COVID-19 General Risk Assessment
Your Health and Well-being
This leaflet gives some ideas of how you can look after your health and well-being at home. Please remember if you need any support, we are here to help.
Remote education provision: Information for parents is in our News & Events section.
Reporting symptoms after the school closes for Christmas Holidays
Dear Parents and Carers,
St. John’s CofE Primary School will close on December 18th. If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus you must book a test.
If your child develops symptoms up to and including December 20th, which result in a positive test up to 24th December, you must inform the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the name of your child and their class, the date that their symptoms started, as well as your own contact details.
From Monday 21st December
If your child develops coronavirus symptoms from Monday 21st December onwards, they must be tested and, if positive, follow the advice of Test and Trace. You do not need to inform the school of any symptoms which occur after this date.
Contact tracing during the Christmas break
Please be aware that the school, following the guidance of the Department for Education and Public Health, will do the following for 6 days after the end of term:
Collect information from staff and pupils with positive tests and families of symptomatic pupils
Advise families of close contact with confirmed Covid cases, and inform them of self-isolation requirements.
Letter for Year 1 Parents
FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolate until WEDNESDAY 21st OCTOBER (14 days after last contact). Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.
If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
· new continuous cough and/or
· high temperature and/or
· a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. At that time all other household members must also stay at home, not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus
When the result of the child’s test is known further advice will be available.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· wash your hands as soon as you get home
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus
Mr A Farnell
Coronavirus – Information for Parents
Public Health England have produced a letter which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
NHS Information for Parents
Full School Opening September 2020 – Infection Control COVID-19 General Risk Assessment
Re-Opening of School September 2020 – Update
Useful Advice and Information
View the Durham County Council Coronavirus section for latest news, updates and guidance.