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Kew Riverside Primary School

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Covid-19 Information for Parents and Carers

All of the measures we have put in place in school are based on the most up-to-date DfE and Public Health England guidance as well as advice from the local authority, Achieving for Children. As a school community, it is obviously essential that every one of us adheres to the most up-to-date Government and Public Health England guidance around Covid-19 – please see here.

Attendance expectations

In March when Covid-19 transmission rates were increasing, the government made it clear that no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school. Now the circumstances are changing, it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise the long-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education. School attendance will therefore be mandatory from the start of Autumn 2020 term.

What to do if you or your child has symptoms of Covid-19

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

If a member of staff, child or someone in their household displays any of the Covid-19 symptoms they must stay at home, inform the school immediately and follow the Government’s guidelines around self-isolation (see below). A Covid-19 test will need to be carried out straight away to check for Covid-19. 

How the school will respond to symptoms of Covid-19

If your child or a member of staff develops symptoms whilst at school they will be moved to a separate ‘isolation’ room. This room will be well ventilated and staff accompanying the child will have to wear gloves and a mask. You will be expected to collect your child immediately.

It is essential that we hold at least 2 up-to-date telephone numbers to contact you or a second named family member.

We will follow the protocol laid out by Achieving for Children.  Please see Action To Take Flowchart below. 

Getting Tested

Tests can be booked online click here or over the telephone by calling 101. The nearest drive through test center is located in Twickenham. 

If you cannot get to a test centre and are unable to order a test yourself, please contact the school office immediately.  The school has a very  limited number of home test kits available. Home test kits are reserved for those who face significant barriers to accessing a test and would not otherwise get tested. 

Please inform the school of the result as soon as you have received this. We will ask your permission to see your test result. This can be emailed to the office. No test results will be saved or printed. 
 

Getting your test result 

You must stay at home until you get your test result. You will receive a text or email when your result is ready.

This can take between 48 – 72 hours. There are 3 types of result you can get:

  • negative
  • positive
  • unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

Negative test result 

You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:

  • everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
  • you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace
  • you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better. If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

Positive test result 

If your test is positive, you must self-isolate. Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

  • If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you have a positive result, but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.

Unclear, void or borderline or inconclusive test result

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done. You will need to be re-tested.

There is separate advice if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus. Click here 

Awaiting test result where the whole household is self isolating 

If only one member of your household is displaying symptoms and therefore has been tested and all other members are self isolating, a negative test result must be returned before any children can return to school. 

NHS Test and Trace

You will receive an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service if you test positive after having symptoms. You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

Everyone is expected to engage in the NHS Test & Trace system. For more information please read the NHS document found here

NHS Covid-19 app

NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action. The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. We are encouraging all parents/carers and staff to do this asap.

Guidance on Self-Isolation

  • Your child must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started. You should arrange to have your child tested to see if they have the virus as detailed above. 
  • If your child is not experiencing symptoms but has tested positive for the virus, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If they develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart their 10-day isolation from the day they developed symptoms.

  • After 10 days, if they still have a temperature they should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. They do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if they only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

  • All other members of the household who are living with someone who is symptomatic need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. Updated guidance (NHS 10th September 2020) states that only those who are displaying symptoms should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. However they must self isolate for 14 days. 

  • If the symptomatic person has a positive test result but no one else in the household displays symptoms, all household members must still isolate for the 14 day period. 

  • The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.

  • Please note, even after the symptomatic person has recovered and completed their 10 day isolation, all other members of the household must continue to complete their 14 days of isolation. 

  • Anyone with symptoms must try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.

  • Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, and covering coughs and sneezes.

  • If the member of the household who was displaying symptoms has a negative test result and no one else in the household is displaying symptoms, there is no further need to self isolate. 

Other Sickness

  • If your child feels unwell, for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache, they don’t need to book a Covid-19 test but may need to stay off school and seek medical advice through their GP as usual and only return to school once they feel better. 
  • If your child has symptoms of Chickenpox (rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs) or Measles (high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes, rash) please inform the school immediately and do not send your child to school.

If there is a positive case of Covid-19 in my child's class 

In such an instance we will follow the advice from Public Health Richmond and the NHS Track and Trace Team. Members of the class may be told to isolate. They will need to isolate for 14 days. If they begin to show symptoms they will also need to be tested.

The class teacher will be in touch with the members of their class within 24 hours and home learning will resume. 

If there is a positive case of Covid-19 in the school, but not my child's class 

Only the children in the class where there has been a positive result need to self isolate. The rest of the school will remain open and the expectation is for all children to continue to attend school. 

If you have 1 child in the symptomatic class and other children in different classes in the school, it is only the child in the symptomatic class who will need to self isolate. Your other children will only need to do so if your child at home begins to display symptoms. 

If there are 2 or more positive cases in the school 

The school will work quickly with AfC and Public Health England, Richmond. We will be directed by the guidance given to us. 

Risk Assessments 

The school has completed a full and detailed risk assessment which is inline with guidance from AfC and Public Health England. This risk assessment is reviewed regularly and shared with all staff members and the governing board.

The school communicates all updates to parents via the weekly newsletter.  If you have any questions about this or would like further information, please contact the school office. 

Travel to and from school

  • We are encouraging families to be active and walk, scoot and cycle to school. Children will be able to bring their bikes and scooters into the school grounds as normal. Please note that children in Yrs5 and 6 who cycle to school on their own must wear a helmet. They will not be allowed to leave the school grounds on their bikes without one.  
  • If you drive to school, please park respectfully and safely.
  • If children are travelling to school by public transport, they will need to remove their face coverings (which are now mandatory on buses and trains) before entering the school grounds. We ask that parents ensure their child understands how to do this safely. They will be expected to dispose of the facemask or ensure they have a separate bag to keep this in, which is then kept within their school bag.

Drop-Off and Collection Times

Class

Time (am)

Time (pm)

Gate

Zebras (Y1)

8.45

3.10

Townmead

Giraffes (YR)

8.50 

3.15

Townmead

Elephants (Y2)

8.55

3.20

Townmead

Crocodiles (Y4)

8.50

3.15

Courtlands

Monkey (Y3)

9.00

3.25

Townmead

Rhinos (Y5)

8.55

3.20

Courtlands

Lions (Y6)

9.00

3.25

Courtlands

What to bring to School

As we need to minimise contact, we are asking, where possible, for families to provide the following items:
All year groups:

  • Water bottle – named.
  • Hat, coat, school bag, packed lunch (as required)

Years 3-6 (only)

  • Sachet of tissues (to be kept in trays)
  • A simple pencil case such as this (no Smiggle-style ones please!!)
  • A set of colouring pencils, rubber, 30cm ruler, sharpener, glue stick and round-end ‘safety’ scissors (such as this)

We advise that you keep a set of this equipment at home as well in case of the need to suddenly return to home-schooling.

Years 5 and 6 (only)

  • Phones (optional)
  • Protractor

School will provide writing pencils and pens.