During the summer, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that school is fully compliant with the Governments Guidance on reopening. You can see the full guidance by clicking here.
We have completed a full risk assessment for our school and that can be viewed by clicking here.
If you have any other questions about how we have mitigated the risks of transmission or any other safety questions relating to COVID-19, please use the contact form to get in touch.
You may have heard that COVID 19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’ are being used in schools.
Testing allows us to further reduce transmission of the virus, as up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic (show no symptoms). By testing as school reopens, we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission and I am therefore strongly encouraging pupils to be tested.
Please can year 6 parents complete this google form by Wednesday 14th July to indicate whether or not you give consent for your child to be tested in school.
Return to School Testing
As pupils return to school in September, we will perform mass testing on their return, each pupil being offered two tests within 3 – 5 days of each other. Pupils who are not tested will still be able to attend school in September.
How the tests work
Pupils will be expected to carry out self-swabbing of their throat and nose and all those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff; plenty of guidance and advice will be given to pupils beforehand. The lateral flow device tests are quick to administer and the parents/carers of the participant will receive a text/email notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system. Tests are free of charge.
What if someone tests positive?
If your child tests positive on a lateral flow device test, they will be informed immediately by school and will be required to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What if they develop symptoms?
This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. They must NOT attend school.
We will support our pupils throughout the testing process, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can call Reception on 0161 366 7533 or email [email protected].
This is a time of uncertainty and a lot of children and young people will be feeling anxious and worried about what is going on. This is a normal response to the situation and below you will see links to some advice about what adults can do to help and support children and young people.
Supporting children with worries about Covid - 19
Mental health support for families during Covid - 19
If your child or a member of your household develops Covid-19 symptoms, please DO NOT send your child into school. You should inform school that they will be absent and arrange for a test as soon as possible. All members of the household should self-isolate. Please inform school of the outcome of the test.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
a high temperature – this means feeling 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Further advice is available on the NHS website.