If your child tests positive on a lateral flow test or PCR test you must let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and your child must isolate at home.
The advice from Public Health has changed in response to the evolving situation. One of the changes is that we will no longer inform you of single confirmed cases on Covid-19. Instead we will inform all parents when a government defined ‘threshold’ has been reached or if there is another reason that we need to communicate with all parents. These letters will be written in conjunction with Torbay Public Health and are called ‘Warn
and Inform’ letters. At the point of writing, we will also be communicating to you any changes that we will be making within school to manage any potential transmission in line with our ‘Outbreak Management Plan.’
A threshold is defined by the government as:
• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely and test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely and test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
If we need you to take action, we will inform parents.
TESTING ADVICE FOR PARENTS:
Who can take a test?
For advice, ring PHE SW Protection Team - 0300 303 8162
You can ask for a test for a child who lives with you who has coronavirus symptoms, whatever their age.
These symptoms include one or more of the following:
The test must be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
School procedures if a child develops symptoms:
How to ask for a test:
Option 1 – usual route
You will need to provide details such as name, home address, mobile phone number and email address (where booking information / confirmation / results will be sent).
Parents will be asked how they want to get the test, either by;
There are a limited number of home test kits and drive-through test appointments available at any one time. If the website says there are none left, parents need to check again later as more tests become available every hour. It is often easier to book later in the day or in the evening.
PLEASE SHARE THE OUTCOMES OF THE TEST WITH THE SCHOOL.
If parents or carers are unable to book a local slot then they can email
email@example.com making clear the test is for a child attending a Torbay school and they will be supported to access local testing.
In the event that a child attending school cannot be supported to access local testing then schools should consider providing one of their 10 home testing kits to the parents or carers of the child. The kits include details of how to carry out the test and how to arrange for its return. This option is limited to families who will have difficulty accessing option 1.
The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
Children aged 11 or under cannot do the swab themselves. Their parent or guardian will have to swab test them.
If there is a problem:
If a parent has any questions about a test they’ve booked or are having trouble booking a test, they can call the customer contact centre from 7am to 11pm on 119 (free from mobiles and landlines)
Additional information for parents about what happens following the result can be found here www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
RESULTS ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Should one of our Roselands pupils test positive for Coronavirus, it is vital that the school is informed of this immediately. Where we have single cases or a small number of unconnected cases, this no longer requires the closure of a class/year group. The current guidance states that additional action will need to be taken if:
• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
In the case of multiple cases, we will be guided by the Local Authority (LA) and Public Health England (PHE) in determining what actions are needed. We will, of course, keep you updated about any positive cases in school.
Contact the school as soon as you receive the positive result, no matter what time of day this is. This also includes the weekends and holidays.
During working hours (8am-4:00pm) – contact the School Office 01803 525375. If the call goes to the answerphone, please leave a message.
COVID email address - firstname.lastname@example.org Please email this address and the information will be sent automatically to all members of the Leadership Team. Please include the information as listed below
Ensure that you have the following information ready
Name of confirmed case
Date of Birth of confirmed case
When the child got their test result and when they had their test
What date did they have their first symptoms and at what time
What type of symptoms did they have
The last time that they were in school
We realise that your first priority needs to be looking after the person who is unwell. However, a quick response will ensure that we can hopefully limit any further spread of the virus.
Keep the information private
As soon as we have gathered all the information and decisions have been made about any further action, all parents and carers will be informed of this by letter (sent by email). The identity of the person who as tested positive will, of course, not be made public. We have already made a commitment to you all to keep you all informed every step of the way. Should the information about a positive test be shared on social media or with other Shiphay families before we have had a chance to gather all the information, this could cause panic and confusion and actually hinder the process. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you keep the information about the positive test result private.
Will remote home learning be provided for my child?
Yes. If your child is in isolation but is well enough to complete their learning, they will be able to access learning remotely. Your child’s class teacher will make sure that you have everything you need.
Can I borrow a school device?
Yes. Please let the Admin team know and we will organise this for you.
Will I still receive Free School Meals?
Yes, vouchers will be provided.
Can siblings still come to school?
Yes. Siblings will be able to attend school as normal and anyone else in your household who meets the criteria below will be able to carry on as normal.
When you do not need to self-isolate
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
you're under 18 years, 6 months old
you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
Should the rest of the household and any close contacts book a PCR test?
Yes. However, they can carry on as normal whilst they are waiting for their result if they do not have any symptoms and if they meet the criteria above.