APRIL 1st 2022
LIVING WITH COVID – LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE
Over the Easter break, the government announced their ‘living with COVID’ strategy which has a direct impact on school attendance. Therefore, below is a COVID update with the latest guidance on how we can continue to live with COVID and promote excellent attendance.
Living With COVID – Latest Government Guidance
As I am sure you are aware, the universal testing offer ended on 1st April. There is no requirement for pupils or staff to test regularly.
The following guidance is now in place if pupils or staff are unwell with COVID symptoms:
Ventilation and ongoing hygiene measures will continue to be in place in school. Remote learning remains in place for learners who are absent with a confirmed COVID case, or in the exceptional event of a class group having to work remotely. We will review the requirements and communicate expectations to families throughout this term. As ever, please do not hesitate to contact school directly if you have any concerns at all.
25th Feb 2022
From Thursday 24 February, the Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test.
Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.
In addition, the Government will:
More detail can be found in the Living with COVID-19 plan .
21st Jan 2022
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 came into effect in England on Monday 17th January 2022 and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.
People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature.
If the result of either test 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.
The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17th January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.
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.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
Below is a flow chart with a summary of the new guidance but please do contact us at school if you need any support or help. You can download the flow chart here.
14th Jan 2022
Action to take if your child develops COVID symptoms:
If your child develops COVID symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)) they should go for a PCR test. You can access a test via: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Action to take if your child receives a positive LFD or PCR result:
If your child receives a positive PCR result or a positive LFD test result (whether they have symptoms or not) then they must isolate. The latest guidance on what action to take can be found at:
How to keep your family and others safe:
We would like to remind you of the things you can do to keep your family and others as safe as possible.
If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19
If anyone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms
From Monday 17th January 2022, new changes to the COVID-19 isolation rules at a national will come into effect. The main changes are:
An adult or child tests positive for COVID-19 via a LFT test
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
9th December 2021 - Advice to all Parents/carers for information
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within St Marie’s.
We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA formerly PHE). This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
St Marie’s remains open and your child 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 LFD testing to help identify cases promptly.
If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace please follow the guidance here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#i-think-i-have-had-contact-with-someone-who-has-tested-positive-for-covid-19-but-i-have-not-been-notified-and-advised-to-self-isolate-what-should-i-do
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home, at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If the child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.
Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and has only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or has not received any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to self-isolate as household contact of a someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing and someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the stay at home guidance, which provides information on this.
Household members who are not exempt from isolation as close contacts should not go to work, school/college/childcare/education setting or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.
Instructions for household contacts who are not required to self-isolate from 16 August
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
You should follow this advice while the person in your household with COVID-19 is self-isolating.
If you are a health or social care worker or a student undertaking a work placement who has been identified as a household contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
Further information is available at
Mr J Fernandes
8th November 2021
Welcome back everyone. I hope that you all managed to have a wonderful half term break filled with lots of fun, family time and of course, lots of reading.
As we begin the second half of the autumn term, I am conscious that we are heading into what is traditionally a very busy time as we approach Advent and Christmas and all the associated events that come with this time of year.
Unfortunately, as we begin this new half term, we do so with the background of rising COVID-19 rates and increasing local and national infection rates.
In addition, we have also noticed how many more children are testing positive in school and are also becoming ill from other common illnesses which seem to be far more severe than in previous years. This is partly because our society has opened up and we have begun to mix more as restrictions have been lifted and we are sharing more colds, viruses and sickness bugs.
As winter draws in and we all naturally retreat indoors, we are heading into a period in which people will be gathering in enclosed spaces and the possibility for more new infections. Last Friday, I sent all our families a copy of a letter from Greg Fell, the Director of Public Health for Sheffield, who urged us to be cautious and restrict the numbers of events and meetings involving large numbers of pupils, parents/carers and staff. The letter reminds parents/carers of the important measures to take to reduce virus transmission and particularly advises on a new measure if you have any secondary age children. Please take the time to read it.
With all this in mind, I have consulted with our Governors and staff team, and it was agreed that we should now put back into place some of the restrictions we had before the summer in an effort to slow the spread of the virus; keeping everyone safe and attending school over the coming months. Please be assured that the measures I will outline below are not the same as we had before summer but a graduated approach in which we aim to balance the relative normality of the time we have enjoyed so far with being proactive in our approach to safeguard our community.
First, please can I remind everyone to abide by the following COVID-19 arrangements as advised nationally and adapted locally due to rising infections:
In addition to the wider Sheffield measures outlined in Greg Fell’s letter, the measures we will be reintroducing are below:
We hope that you understand the reasons for introducing some additional measures. Depending on local and national guidance and case rates in school, we may need to bring back stronger measures. We hope that, by adhering to these additional rules, we can reduce the chances of infection and keep everyone safe and attending school over the winter months.
If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to speak to either your child’s class teacher or myself who will be more than happy to support you in any way we can.
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