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COVID-19

Updated 26th November 2021

 

Currently Situation in School

  • 2 children isolating due to positive PCR
  • 0 staff isolating due to positive PCR

 

If you are identified as a close contact you be be contacted by the NHS through the Track and Trace app or work email. This contact will include your next steps and advice on PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing.

 

To help parents understand the NHS and School processes, including how the age of the child, level of vaccination and Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) change the response, the following flow chart has been complied.

PCR Tests

If you or your child has been advised to get a PCR test, please order the tests online via the Gov.uk website: 

Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

If you cannot use the online service, call 119.  Lines are open 7am to 11pm.

 

If you are symptomatic, it is particularly important as part of good infection control that you get a test online and do it at home. If for any reason you are unable to order tests online, please book an appointment online to attend a test centre and get the PCR test. Booking is important as it helps with managing demand at local testing sites.

 

If you arrive at a test centre without an appointment, the testing team will do their best to accommodate you, but getting a test cannot be guaranteed and you may be asked to book an appointment online.

 

If you have been advised to book a PCR as a contact, below are the different options that should be selected when booking tests online:

 

  • Do not choose the essential worker option
  • Does the person who needs a test currently have any coronavirus symptoms?
    • Select ‘No’
  • Has the person been asked to get a follow-up test?
    • Select ‘No’
  • Is the person who needs a test part of a trial or government pilot project?
    • Select ‘None of the above’
  • Why are you asking for the test? (select one of the following)
    • I’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for coronavirus
    • If you have been informed by the school choose -  I found out in another way
    • If you have been contacted by NHS T&T choose - Contact tracers told me to get a test
  • Then continue to complete all personal details.

 

If you have tested positive in the past 90 days only book a PCR test if you have new symptoms

 

For the majority of cases, as shown in the flow chart, while awaiting a PCR test and the test result your asymptomatic child should continue to attend school. They would only need to self-isolate if the PCR test is positive or symptoms of COVID-19 develop (new continuous cough, high fever or loss of sense of smell or taste). 

 

Thank you for continuing to support our school to remain a safe place.

COVID-19 response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

The government has published the COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021. This guidance sets out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England. It includes the government’s “Plan A” – a comprehensive approach designed to steer the country through autumn and winter 2021/22. It also outlines a “Plan B” which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS.

School Response

The school continues to follow it risk assessment below alongside contingency and outbreak plans.

Households Testing

Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms. 

 

Since July, there have been a range of COVID-19 self testing kits and you may have received either Innova, Orient Gene or Acon-Flowflex self-test kits. The instructions for use for each test kit differ, so please follow the instructions provided in the box.

What school will do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of COVID-19

If anyone in school confirms that they have had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), we will notify the DfE and Essex LA immediately. A dedicated NHS advice team will then work with us to carry out a rapid risk assessment and identify the appropriate next steps.

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