Coronavirus Safety – Autumn 2021
This term we have been able to relax some of our previous safety rules, such as separating the children and staff into bubbles. However, we are keeping up our regular cleaning routine, staff are doing bi-weekly tests and we support anyone who chooses to wear a face covering.
Most importantly, we are still closely monitoring symptoms of illness.
If your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
- high temperature
- new, continuous cough
- loss or change to sense of smell or taste
(Even if it is mild, or if they have the symptom and then it goes away) YOU MUST:
- Either provide us with a negative PCR test result. Forward your email from the NHS to firstname.lastname@example.org, or show a text message to office staff.
- Or, your child should isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.
You can book a PCR test appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site, or order a test kit to be sent to your home. Go to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or phone 119
We must see a PCR test result. An LFD test result will not be acceptable. LFD tests are for asymptomatic testing, they are meant to highlight cases of coronavirus in people who have no symptoms and didn’t realise they might be ill. A PCR test is appropriate for anyone who is showing signs of illness.
If you are not sure what date your child can return, please just ask the office.
Even if your child gets a negative test result, we may still encourage you to keep them off school if they are coughing or poorly with any cold symptoms. If a coughing child passes on their cough to their classmates, even if your child just has a normal cold, that’s still a class full of children who will then need to be sent off for PCR tests! It’s better to be cautious. Please keep communicating with us and keep us up to date so that your child’s absence can be recorded properly.
We do understand that the PCR test rule is inconvenient. However we ask you not to take out your frustrations on school staff. These guidelines come directly from the Government. COVID-19 can have very serious consequences for some people and our intention is to stop it spreading and keep everybody in our community safe.
We have found that when parents/carers simply follow the guidelines and go to get the PCR test right away, the result comes back quickly and the child is able to return to school soon without missing lots of learning unnecessarily.
Please note: if you choose to keep a school-aged child at home without doing a test, and your household does not self-isolate, the absence will be unauthorised and MK Council may issue you with a fixed penalty notice (a fine). Thank you for your co-operation.
If you have any further questions, please contact the school office and we will be happy to help.