LATEST PARENT/CARER INFORMATION
Thursday 12th March 2021
From Northumberland County Council
As you will be aware, NHS Test and Trace announced last week, that all adults in households with school age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
• an employer if they offer testing to employees
• Community Testing via a symptom free testing site
• by collecting a home test kit from a Collection Point
• by ordering a home test kit online
You can find out more about locations of sites and collection points in Northumberland via Northumberland County Council’s website HERE (https://nland.uk/rapidtest).
Please be aware some of the collection points may change over the coming weeks as control of the local testing programme is transferred to the local authority from central government. All information will be kept up to date on the county council website. We appreciate your patience and cooperation at this time.
You will need to report your test result even it is negative. You will need to do this via gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
If you have any queries about the tests, please call 119.
Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Your child will not be asked to take a test as part of this programme of testing. However, should they show symptoms of coronavirus it is advised you: • tell the school • self-isolate immediately • get a PCR test to confirm the result • follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
Home learning if a bubble or school is closed / goes into lockdown:
See On-line learning Arrangements
You may have heard about the issue regarding the demand for tests and the resulting shortages. Here is a message from Public Health England and the NHS which schools have been asked to share:
To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your pupils, students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:
they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
*a high temperature
*a new, continuous cough
*the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)
If a pupil, student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. Unless a pupil, student or staff member has one of the three main coronavirus symptoms, they should only be tested if instructed otherwise by the local authority, health protection team or their GP. As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These pupils and students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Here are the details for start and end times next week. We open for pupils in Reception - Y 4 on Wednesday 2nd September.
8.45am - Years 2, 3 and 4 will come into school via the driveway entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter with the children however we are ideally looking for children to come in through the gates unaccompanied and line up in their designated area.
9.00am - Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will come into school via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
2.45pm - Years 2, 3 and 4 will exit school via the driveway entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
1pm Reception children will exit via the pedestrian gate (2pm on week two, 3pm on week three onward). Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
3.00pm - Year 1 will exit school via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
When Nursery children start on their allotted days: Midday - Nursery to be collected via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter school and wait on the yard to collect nursery
Adults will need to socially distance from each other at all times.