18th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have now completed our first full week with all children in every day and I wanted to let you know how remarkable the children have been. They have been engaging in their learning and managing the new routines of school so well. I have heard some lovely polite conversations, seen some children working really hard at being independent and been shown some excellent writing. I have seen some fabulous signing, heard lots of laughter and witnessed children being kind and helpful to one another. I think they have done extremely well!
Thank you (arrival and departure arrangements)
Thank you so much for supporting us with staggered entry’s and exits. I have included a reminder of the timings below. I know this is not easy and doesn’t always fit with other parts of your lives and I appreciate your support and commitment to keeping the children safe and working with us to help us to do this. There have been some very positive outcomes from this alongside the challenges, which is that the car park is safer, the entrance ways are calmer and the children using buses can have more individualised support coming in and leaving school.
It is really important that the whole community tries to keep to the times below as you will be aware that some of our pupils find queuing and waiting difficult. Thank you for your continued support with this.
Arrival – Parent Pool door:
8.50 Penguin, Hedgehog, Jellyfish
9.00 Flamingo and Bluebird
9.10 Seahorse, Caterpillar and Bumblebee
9.20 Any personalised arrivals
Departure – Parent Pool door:
2.20 Any personalised departures
2.30 Seahorse, Bumblebee and Caterpillar
2.40 Flamingo and Bluebird
2.50 Jellyfish, Hedgehog and Penguin
Arrival – Parent Side Gate:
8.50 Squirrel and Wolves
9.00 Elephant and Giraffe
9.10 Starfish, Dolphin and Rainbow Fish
Departure – Parent Side Gate:
2.30 Dolphin, Starfish and Rainbow Fish
2.40 Squirrel and Wolves
2.50 Elephant and Giraffe
We continue to be aware that it can be very hard to ensure your children are safe when online and that some social media platforms that are popular with young people can be hard for parents to navigate and easy for children to find. Please find attached some information on Tic Tok and Snap Chat which we hope will be helpful to you.
A reminder of Covid-19 symptoms and procedures
Of course, as children return to school and meet their friend’s again seasonal colds, bugs and viruses other than Covid-19 inevitably spread around. We are all faced with the challenge of trying to work out what the children are suffering with when they display the various symptoms of colds and flu and I know a number of you are anxious about this. I have included again all the information we have in order to help you when you are assessing your son or daughters health. You can find this in video form at the bottom of this page on our website: https://palatineschool.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please do ensure you children do not attend school if they have any of the symptoms below.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If a child displays these symptoms we will ask you to collect them and carry out the required procedures around this. Please do ensure school has up to date contact details as this is essential to keeping out community safe.
What you need to do if a member of your family has symptoms of coronavirus
- If you/ your child have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your /their symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test / arrange for them to have a test to see if you/ they have COVID-19. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken.
- If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.
- After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice.
- You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.
- All other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
- The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.
- If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.
- Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.
- If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household), follow the guidance on self-isolation again. The section below has further information.
Government guidance about Track and Trace
Follow this advice if you’re told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19) and must stay at home (self-isolate).
Stay at home for 14 days
If you’re told to self-isolate because you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus:
- self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
- do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
- do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
- try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
- people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
- people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
If you get symptoms of coronavirus
If you get any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) while you’re self-isolating:
- get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible
- anyone you live with must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result
- anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result
What to do when you get your test result
If you test negative (the test did not find coronavirus):
- keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days from when you were last in contact with the person who has coronavirus – as you could get symptoms after being tested
- anyone you live with can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
- anyone in your support bubble can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
If you test positive (you have coronavirus):
- self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started – even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days
- anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started
- anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started
If you do not get symptoms of coronavirus
If you do not get any symptoms of coronavirus while self-isolating:
- you can stop self-isolating after 14 days
- you do not need to have a test
How NHS Test and Trace will contact you
You’ll be contacted by email, text or phone.
Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135 000.
Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian’s permission to continue the call.
You’ll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website at https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.
If you cannot use the contact tracing website, they will call you.
The NHS Test and Trace service will not:
- ask for bank details or payments
- ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
- ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
- ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087
If you need any help at all do please contact school and we will try our best to support you.
Thank you for you vigilance, your understanding that we must all play our part in this and for your continued warmth and positivity.
Have a lovely weekend. I do hope you can enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts!
Very best wishes
Have a lovely weekend.