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Covid guidance for parents

Information for parents regarding Covid-19 procedures at school

Please read on for information about the procedures that apply at school until the end of the year in light of the Omicron variant. We expect the next review of these procedures to take place during the Christmas holiday. Parents are always notified directly of any changes in our procedures or expectations.

There is also information about what will happen in the event of a confirmed case or an outbreak of Covid-19 in our school community. This contingency information was updated for September 2021.

Please see the Remote education news item for full information about how remote education will be offered for any Saltford School children who are required to remain at home because of Covid-19.

For the latest government information and guidance for parents and carers of children attending early years settings, schools and colleges during the coronavirus pandemic, please see: 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges'. For all government information about Covid-19 please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Any updates in the form of letters to parents will be posted here.

Testing

We encourage parents to make sure that all pupils are tested twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. We suggest you follow the same routine as our staff which is to test on a Sunday and a Wednesday. Please continue to report all positive results to school using this online form and Mrs Sage or one of the office team will contact you. (If you test positive during school hours (8am - 4pm on school days) please telephone the school office on 01225 872185.) See more information below about what to do if you or your child tests positive.

Face coverings

From 29th November face coverings must be worn in communal areas by staff and visitors, unless exempt.

In the case of illness, suspected or confirmed Covid-19

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ensure you telephone and leave a message on the absence line before 8:45am on the first day your child will not be in school. If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them home and get them tested.

You need to inform us if a child has tested positive for Covid-19: 

You will be asked the date your child was last in school as Test and Trace then trace close contacts in the previous 48 hours. This will help us to support track and trace to identify close contacts and ensure the class teacher is alerted that your child is self-isolating for ten days and will be in touch to set school-work - in this case we will know your child is absent for ten days and you would not need to ring in every day as noted above.

Please refer to this quick guide for parents and carers which is a helpful chart of what actions to take in different situations and how to judge when your child should return to school.

Contact tracing and isolation

NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. From 16th August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old are no longer required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, Test and Trace will work with parents, carers or guardians to inform the child that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advise a PCR test is taken. 

The exception is for close contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases, who will be asked to isolate for 10 days.

Self-isolation rules

There is no self-isolation unless you have confirmed Covid-19; if a member of staff or a pupil is identified as a Close Contact of someone with Covid-19, they do not need to self isolate, as long as they are either under 18 / double vaccinated / do not have symptoms of Covid.

If you live with someone who develops symptoms or who tests positive, you do not need to self isolate, as long as you are either under 18 / double vaccinated / do not have symptoms of covid. This means that children do not have to stay at home if a parent or sibling has symptoms or a positive result, and staff do not need to stay at home if the people they live with have symptoms or a positive result.

The exception is for close contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases, who will be asked to isolate for 10 days.

In all the above cases, NHS Test and Trace will contact you to tell you that you are a close contact, and they will advise you to take a PCR tests as soon as possible and advise that you:

  • Wear a mask in enclosed spaces (school staff, primary aged pupils not compulsory)
  • Limit contact with clinically extremely vulnerable people
  • Take lateral flow tests twice a week (adults and older children)

As long as you don’t develop symptoms or test positive, you should observe these measures for 10 days after your last contact with the covid case, but you may continue to attend school, even while waiting for your PCR test result. Close contacts are people who have “mixed closely” with the person who has covid. This could mean:

  • In the same class
  • A friendship group at break time or lunch time
  • A sports team
  • An after-school club group

Contingency plan in case of a Covid outbreak

Please see this summary of our contingency plans that will be put into place in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak. It shows what the response will be to escalating numbers of Covid cases within school.

If my child usually has a free school meal

  1. School plans to support children who would normally receive a benefit-related free school meal. Individual families will be contacted by the school where this is applicable.
  2. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who receive a 'universal free school meal' will unfortunately not be eligible for extra support.

If my child is self-isolating and it is difficult for me to get other children to school

  1. Parents, carers and guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and that includes making sure that their children can still get to school. This case is treated the same as a sibling being ill under normal circumstances.
  2. If you are having difficulties, please contact the school to discuss your circumstances.
  3. Work will be provided only for the child who is self-isolating. See the Remote education news item for full information. Siblings are required to attend school as normal to access their education.

Thank you

We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern.

All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our partnership and we have followed the Futura Learning Partnership's risk assessment process in doing so. Our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the partnership board.

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PTA Christmas 2021

Fun packs, Christmas raffle and mufti

Festive fun packs

The PTA will be selling ‘Festive Family Fun’ packs to help families get in the festive spirit this season! Each pack will be enough for a family of four and will contain:

  • A ‘Make your own cookies’ jar. Each jar makes 6 cookies. (GF option will be Raisin and Cinnamon flapjacks)
  • 2 hot chocolate cones, complete with marshmallows*
  • 4 ‘Design your own’ tree decoration craft activities

Saltford school keepsake

Each pack will be priced at £10. Should anyone wish to order additional items, each individual item will also be available to order separately. All orders will need to be placed via the PTA events platform no later than Monday 6 December. The packs will be distributed Tuesday 14 December via class teachers.

We would like to thank Stella Event Hire, Jazzercise Bristol and Bath and Virtuoso Flooring for kindly sponsoring the event. We would also like to thank Tesco Local Saltford for kindly donating ingredients.

*Vegetarian/vegan hot chocolate cone can be ordered which contains a chocolate coin instead of marshmallows.

Christmas hamper raffle

Mufti day will be on Friday 10th December in exchange for a Christmas hamper item. This is the same day as the school Christmas lunch and Christmas parties.

We had amazing support last year and some ideas are:

  • Chocolates
  • Fizz
  • Mulled wine 
  • Non alcoholic tipple
  • Wine
  • Crackers (to pull)
  • Candles 
  • Smellies
  • Mince pies
  • Conserves
  • Savoury crackers (to eat)
  • Xmas pudding 

Raffle tickets will be sent home in book bags so please look out for them and sell as many as you can.

There were lots of prizes last year, thanks to your generosity ….. so don’t miss out!!

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Flu immunisation at school

Monday 10th January 2022

Nasal spray vaccinations against flu will be taking place in school on Monday 10th January. All parents have been emailed with detailed information. Please see the letter to parents here.

Before children can have the vaccination, parents should:

  • Ensure you have your child’s/children’s NHS number. Instructions on how to get this are in the letter if required.
  • Use the link in the letter to either consent or decline the vaccination spray. This must be completed by midnight on the 3rd January 2022 – there is no late consent.

We have also sent an information booklet ‘Protecting your child against flu’ from Public Health England which may help to answer any questions you may have.

If your child is absent from school on this day or you have not completed the permission form by the deadline above, they will need to be booked into a local community catch-up clinic.

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Access afternoons 2021

Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November

In view of the fact that our parent consultation evenings are online this year, we are pleased to offer parents/carers the opportunity to view your child/children’s work by coming to an access afternoon. Your child/children will be able to share their work, show you the areas they are working on and discuss next steps.

To facilitate this we are using the same booking system we use for swimming volunteers.  This allows us to limit slots to 10 parents/carers per class per session.  The sessions are Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November from 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm (you may not wish to use the whole half hour) and will be held outside your child/children’s classroom.

We request that you take a lateral flow test before you attend site and wear a mask.  Please use the main entrance to the school so we can guide you around the outside of the building to where relevant classes are meeting.  In the event of rain, we will need to postpone the event as it is outdoors.

Please register for your class session using the following links:

Bumble bee class EYFS, Miss Davis: https://volunteersignup.org/KYPCT

Butterfly class EYFS, Mrs Morgan: https://volunteersignup.org/EDRXW

Apple class, Miss Evans, Y1: https://volunteersignup.org/LAQYR

Pear class, Mrs Hayden & Miss Hansford, Y1: https://volunteersignup.org/DM43M

Palm class, Miss Jupp, Y2: https://volunteersignup.org/MPFJF

Cherry class, Mrs Newark, Y2: https://volunteersignup.org/YL9PM

Sycamore class, Miss Mulready, Y3: https://volunteersignup.org/FYRMD

Lime class, Mrs Spincer & Mrs Brook, Y3: https://volunteersignup.org/REAE7

Maple class, Mr Jenkins, Y4: https://volunteersignup.org/KKXQQ

Willow class, Mrs Nethercott, Y4: https://volunteersignup.org/8H378

Elm class, Mr Bowkett, Y5: https://volunteersignup.org/BTPW4

Horse chestnut class, Mr Boyle, Y5: https://volunteersignup.org/CRQBJ

Ash class, Mr Styles, Y6: https://volunteersignup.org/W4DXH

Oak class, Mr Godwin, Y6: https://volunteersignup.org/P37WP

If you cannot attend due to work commitments, you are welcome to talk to the class teacher at pick-up or email the school office to make alternative arrangements. Any alternative visit would be run along similar lines to those outlined above.

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