COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Protocol –  January 2022

 

Testwood School is currently: Open to all students

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Onsite testing
Thank you for the fantastic attendance for the testing on Tuesday (4th) this week. A total of 9 positive test results have been returned from the testing and home testing since the Christmas break. This early identification has helped to keep students and staff safer as we return to school.

For those staff and students who have tested positive the latest guidance regarding isolation can be found on the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

Self-isolation can stop after seven days if on day 6 and day 7 (24 hours apart) you have two negative rapid lateral flow tests and you do not have a high temperature. If the rapid lateral flow test is positive on day 6, you must wait 24 hours before taking the next.
If not, you can stop self-isolating after 10 days if you have no high temperature. Loss or change in taste and smell can continue for weeks. If after 10 days you still have a high temperature, continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice.

Testing from home
It is important to continue to test every week. Students will be provided with more saliva kits tomorrow morning to bring home. Starting next week, we are asking all students to bring their saliva samples in every Tuesday and Thursday and hand them in as they enter the school gate. Along with this, please continue to do home lateral flow tests on Sunday evenings. We have ordered more kits and as soon as they arrive, we will distribute them to our students.

With saliva testing, testing should re-start after the self-isolation period. Guidelines for resuming testing differ for other methods due to varying aspects, test specificity rates and sensitivity levels.

Testing & Isolation
The rules are changing. Please see the latest Government information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed. (DfE.gov)

Covid Vaccinations
We have been contacted by the School Age Immunisation Service who are planning to be in on 2 February 2022 regarding the Covid vaccinations. Details will be sent out with the consent forms when they have been finalised.

Face Coverings
Thank you for sending your child/children in with face masks/coverings so far this week. Please continue to do so as in line with the DfE guidance, students, unless exempt, are asked to wear face coverings in communal areas and in classrooms until this is reviewed later this month.

Thank you for continuing to work with us at Testwood School through these challenging times.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Pitman

 

Student Well-being

We are aware that your child’s education has been significantly disrupted since March 2020 and we recognise that each child would have had a different experience of lockdown. We will be working together to support each and every child, and reassure them that they will not be judged on how much work they have done during lockdown. Our aim is for all children to feel confident in returning to school and also to fully engage with their learning, so that we can support every child in making progress and feeling safe.

 

Communication

We will continue to make use of the following methods to communicate any updates and/or changes to students/parents/carers:

  • Parent Pay
  • Email
  • School Website

To aid communication please could parents/carers ensure we have the most up to date phone & email contact details.


Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • recent onset of a new continuous cough
  • and/or high temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

Hand Washing

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water.

Hand washing is particularly important after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so.

Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to soap and water.

NB: WE CURRENTLY HAVE PLENTY OF STOCK OF HAND WASHING MATERIALS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF.

Sneezing & Coughing

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue.

If you use a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately.

Wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel after sneezing/coughing.

NB: WE ARE HAPPY FOR PARENTS/CARERS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL PACK OF TISSUES IF DESIRED. WE CAN’T GUARANTEE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE HAND GEL OR TISSUES AS WHOLESALE STOCKS ARE LIMITED.

Cleaning

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED AN ENHANCED CLEANING REGIME, PARTICULARLY AROUND HIGH RISK AREAS SUCH AS DESKS, WORK TOPS, KEYBOARDS/MICE, DOOR HANDLES ETC. WE HAVE STOCKED UP ON REQUIRED CLEANING PRODUCTS/MATERIALS.

Useful Links

The following external links provide access to useful information on COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Latest Government Guidance

NHS Coronavirus Information

Government Advice

Public Health England Advice