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Coronavirus Advice & Information

Schools are fully open and children should attend regularly as required. 

 

This is in line with Government advice and guidance. As part of this approach, schools are required to follow DfE's Operational Guidance (see attached below).

 

The contingency plans, in place for Yew Tree Primary School, are detailed in an Outbreak Management Plan (OMP) which can be used to reintroduce enhanced restrictions in the case of an outbreak or change in Government/Public Health advice (utilising the DfE Contingency Framework Guidance attached below). Therefore, on this page, you will find information about our procedures and protocols at Yew Tree which we can evoke in those circumstances. 

 

If you have any questions then do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the main office.

Coronavirus Advice & Information

 

Whilst the Government have removed many restrictions since the summer of 2021, Covid is still in circulation in society and is now something we have to learn to live with. Therefore, we must all take care to avoid the risk of infection. The main way you can help do this is ensure you take the vaccination when eligible.

 

Please also take note of the following as you can help to slow the spread of Covid by ensuring you and your children follow these general principles to stop the spread of the respiratory virus:

 

  • Wash you hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren't available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep your child home from school if they have symptoms (for the required isolation period [see details below] or until a negative PCR test) . Any updated guidance or advice about when to stay at home is available by CLICKING HERE.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • Follow all testing advice, including booking a PCR test if you have Covid symptoms, which is available by CLICKING HERE.

 

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are:

 

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your 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 of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

 

From 1st April 2022, guidance related to isolation/testing is changing:

 

https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/03/30/living-with-covid-the-end-of-routine-testing-in-schools-colleges-and-childcare-settings

 

This means that if a child has a respiratory illness/high temperature etc (but not confirmed as Covid) they stay off/avoid contact with others until they feel better as they might do for any other illness.  

 

However, if they have tested positive for Covid, they are asked to stay at home for THREE days. Following the three days of isolation, children do not need a test to early release and they can come back to school if they feel well enough/don't have symptoms. 

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

How can I reduce the spread of infection if I live with someone who has tested positive?

Outbreak Management Plan

 

Since September 2021, the Government have instructed for there to be removal of many of the restrictions and measures which we have become accustomed to (as per the guidance above). However, in the event of an outbreak or in light of public health advice, we may be required to increase restrictions for a period of time. 

 

Below, you will find our procedures which we will evoke in this circumstance. Any changes will be communicated to our community with as much notice as possible. However, we do have to be responsive to local or national guidance.

 

If you are worried about arrangements because your child is extremely clinically vulnerable, or living with somebody who is, then please discuss this with a member of staff by contacting the school. Similarly, if your child has an underlying health condition which you believe makes them vulnerable, please do get in touch with the school.

 

Yew Tree Primary School will always follow the latest Public Health England and Government advice about the vulnerability of individuals. You can read the latest guidance, about people at higher risk, from the Government website by CLICKING HERE

 

In the event that somebody at school tests positive for Covid19 symptoms, we are obliged to share the data we have available with NHS Test & Trace. This includes the names of people who have been in close contact and their contact details. Information about the NHS Test & Trace service, and the information we share, is available to download below. NB: We already hold this information for pupils and staff so you do not need to complete this form.

 

In the event of an outbreak of Covid19, Yew Tree Primary School will work closely with Public Health England and agree any 'local lockdown' or quarantine procedures necessary and we shall communicate this appropriately. However, please note, we shall not disclose who has tested positive with symptoms. In the event of a any school closure, we shall switch to our Virtual School ASAP and communicate accordingly.

Covid Testing

Remote Learning Provision

 

In the event of full or partial school closures, for reasons related to Covid, we shall instigate our Remote Learning Strategy. This includes remote learning provision in order to mitigate the impact of any lost learning for children. Remote learning provision is a legal responsibility that schools have so please do read the information we have provided carefully. Full guidance, including our Remote Learning Policy & Guidance, is available on the VIRTUAL SCHOOL page of our website.

 

Home isn’t always a safe place. The closure of schools could put some children at greater risk of abuse and neglect and that’s why we’re supporting the NSPCC. If you’re worried about a child or young person, or if you notice that something just doesn’t seem right, the @NSPCC is here. You can talk to their helpline team who offer free support and guidance on 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri / 9am-6pm weekends) or you can email help@nspcc.org.uk 24/7.

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