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Need financial help due to Covid?

 

www.norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus or 0344 800 8020 for information on how to access support for hardship.

Also there is the Norfolk Assistance Scheme www.norfolk.gov.uk/NAS or 01603 223392, option 5.

 

New information for parents. 08.03.22 

 

Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

 

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.

 

Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.

Here is the latest on isolation etc

Handy flowchart to explain new isolation 5 day rule

10.01.22 update

 

We have been informed by the Government that, as of the 11th January, the confirmatory PCR tests are going to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results of asymptomatic people.

-    This means that anyone, without symptoms, who receives a positive Lateral Flow test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and report the result on www.gov.uk , but will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

-     If anyone in your household develops one of the 3 main symptoms (continuous cough, high fever of over 38oc, loss of smell and taste) they must self-isolate and take a PCR test, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test.

-     Your isolation may be ended after 7 days, if you DO NOT have a high temperature and you have received 2 negative Lateral Flow Tests (starting on day 6 and taken at least 24 hours apart).

-     Close Contacts of COVID-19: Fully vaccinated people or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months that are identified as being in close contact of someone with COVID-19 should take a Lateral flow test for 7 days (or for 10 days if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19) and report the result on www.gov.uk.

 

Updated guidance on isolation, 5th January 2022

The above document was sent to parents in this e mail:

 

Good afternoon and Happy New Year!

 

I hope to get out and see you tomorrow. All morning I have been re-reading all the guidance sent by the government, Norfolk County Council and the staffing unions during the holidays and putting that into place - so much paperwork! Our Covid contingency plan is available on request (now on version 4 but I warn you, it is not light reading).

 

From your point of view there isn't much change except isolation times. Please see the attached guide for parents. Furthermore, here is information about children who have been identified as a close contact:

Primary age pupils who are identified as a close contact of a positive case by NHS T&T should access lateral flow devices to enable them to test daily for 7 days from a community test site or their local pharmacy, or order online. Children under 5 years who are close contacts should undertake a PCR test. Pupils with SEND identified as close contacts should be supported by their school and their families to agree the most appropriate route for testing including, where appropriate, additional support to assist swabbing.

 

You will probably have seen in the news the education secretary has talked about classes being combined if needed and staff who don't normally work in the role of teacher or TA potentially teaching a class so that they don't have to be sent home for remote learning for a period of time. This is something that the unions are not happy with. In our school the plan is to carry on as normal as best as we can. Supply teachers are impossible to get as we found out last term. If necessary, it might be possible for staff to stand at the doorway between 2 classes to supervise children to keep classes in school. Hopefully we won't have to do remote learning for any classes whilst staff isolate or if there are too many cases amongst children in a class. Fingers firmly crossed!

 

In the meantime thank you for your support by wearing a face covering whilst on the premises, for continuing to keep your child home if they're ill and getting them tested if needed.(See more about testing and isolation in the attached guides).

 

Best wishes,

Julie

 

Updated guidance on testing and ill children, December 21.

Letter from Norfolk County Council 01.12.21

 

 

October 22nd this was e mailed to parents and posted in the newsletter:

 

As we approach half term I would like to thank you for your support once again. Since I wrote to you, when we first had some Covid 19 cases, I have been very grateful for the way in which you have responded to my concerns and I am delighted to say that our cases went down again. This was despite the number of cases in local Secondary schools rising. I know that it is inconvenient and unpleasant to wear face masks and to test your children, but it has really worked, thank you! Going forwards, all Norfolk schools have been sent a letter from Norfolk County Council regarding rising Covid 19 cases and what actions the schools are required to do. (A copy of this letter has been emailed to you separately). We were already using the measures that they advise, with the exception of definitely keeping children at home if they are unwell and having parents come into school to look at books.

 

The guidance is asking that any child who is unwell is kept at home. If they have Covid symptoms they should remain at home until they have the results of a PCR test. In our school we would recommend Covid symptoms to include:  A new continuous cough (can’t stop coughing for over an hour),  a high fever, over 38°C,  a complete loss of taste or smell,  headaches,  vomiting and  cold symptoms.

 

Therefore, this is what I now need to ask of you, despite it being inconvenient. I would strongly suggest that you take them to a walk in Covid testing centre as the results come back much faster. Currently, there are walk in testing centres in Thetford or Downham Market.

October update to our symptoms chart: for use whilst cases are in school

Covid plans for September 2021: please read.

 

Wondering what the Covid situation will look like for the school in September?

So Am I! wink

The summary below shows my best guess at the moment. When I know more I will update you.

Please read this - it will explain hours per day, feedback to children etc etc

Other useful documents and places to go for help.

 

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)


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