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Alderman Richard HallamPrimary School

Coronavirus

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are delighted to be open to all pupils once again. Below, you can find our plan for reopening in Autumn 2021. 

 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding this plan.

 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Miss Kedzior

 

Below is the link for a child-friendly book about Coronavirus which may help to start an informed discussion with your children.

What to do if you or your child has symptoms:

Everybody needs to be completely honest about the state of their health. It is vital that people who display any symptoms of the coronavirus stay away from school until they are fully recovered and get tested as soon as possible (visit https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test/test-centre).

 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • 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 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.

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

 

Please ensure you inform the school of a positive test result as soon as possible and observe any recommended isolation periods. Children can return to school if the test results are negative. If anyone tests positive for the coronavirus, the school will liaise with Public Health England and the Local Authority to decide on the safest course of action. It is vital that you contact the school if your child tests positive for the coronavirus.

 

If a child displays symptoms when at school, they will be taken to an isolation room and their parent or carer will be called. They should be collected as soon as possible and be tested. This room will then be disinfected and ventilated and any materials used will be disposed of and replenished.

 

These actions will help to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

There are no longer bubbles in place in the school but if your child is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID, we strongly recommend you take them for a PCR test as soon as possible.

Guidance for our children

All children have been taught how to wash their hands effectively and of the importance of doing this regularly, particularly before cooking and eating, and after using the toilet. Posters to remind children of how to wash their hands effectively have been put up in all of the children's toilets around the school. As always, hand sanitiser gel is also available for children to use should they wish to.

 

We make sure children use tissues for coughs and sneezes. We are teaching them 'catch it, bin it, kill it' if they cough or sneeze.

Teachers held age-appropriate conversations with their classes about the coronavirus to help them with their questions and worries about what is going on; we wanted to address these in a safe and open environment.

If your child seems worried about COVID-19, there are some useful resources at https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/

They can also keep themselves informed using reliable sources such as Newsround (https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456)

What measures are the school taking?

We are ensuring that we are following Government guidance and the advice of Public Health England as well as any guidance we receive from the Local Authority. We are regularly updating our risk assessments in light of new information and guidance.

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