COVID-19 Information Latest Update 17 September 2021
Update 17th September 2021
Our updated procedures can be accessed from the following links:
Remote Learning Plan (please also see individual class pages for additional details)
This page will be updated as regularly as possible with information regarding the spread of coronavirus, and its impact on school.
The school will continue to refer to information published by the Department of Education, Public Health England and Cheshire East Council in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Having recorded five positive cases in the past eighteen months, we have already recorded more than this since the new term began.
As a result, we have had to implement our Outbreak Management Plan following conversations with the LA’s Covid team. This has resulted in heightened measures for some classes. We also need to ask all visitors onto the school site to wear face coverings until further notice and for parents collecting pupils at the end of the day to maintain social distancing. To assist with this, from Monday 20 September, we will revert to dismissing the children from designated doors/areas :
Reception – blue gate
Y1 – pavilion
Y2 – KS1 corridor door
Y3 – classroom fire door
Y4 – classroom fire door
Y5 – KS2 corridor door
Y6 – classroom fire door
We have been asked to share the testing information (below) by the LA Covid team and Public Health England:
Testing for COVID:19
There are 2 main COVID-19 tests:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked and you get the result within a day or two
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test
Whilst we understand that it is often easier to complete a LFT test if you or a member of your household is symptomatic, it is important that a more sensitive PCR test is taken, as this provides a more reliable indicator of any COVID infection.
The LFT test identifies infection for a short window of peak infectiousness, whereas the PCR test can identify COVID infection at a lower threshold.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
With young children we are aware that other symptoms such as hayfever type symptoms, sickness, stomach pains, sore throat, headache can be the first indication of COVID.
If your child is suffering with any of these other symptoms, it may be indicative of the normal autumn/winter bugs. However, if your child’s symptoms worsen, we recommend they stay away from school and you arrange for a PCR test.
Following concerns about increasing numbers of positive cases and close contacts still being able to remain in school, guidance to schools has changed and is different to the guidance for the general public.
If a member of your household tests positive for coronavirus on a PCR test, arrangements should be made for any pupils living in the same household to take a PCR test regardless of whether they are displaying any symptoms.
The child should remain away from school, only returning following a negative result on the PCR test.
Our Covid-19 Catch Up Premium plan can be seen here.