Extended Testing - Covid 19

Published by: | Date: 18th November 2020

18th November 20

Dear Parents,

You may have seen in the news recently that Staffordshire will be increasing the testing of residents in a bid to identify more cases of Covid-19 and thus reduce the spread of the infection.

Staffordshire are also expanding their advice around when to get a test. 

Currently anyone who has one of the main symptoms, ie, a persistent cough, high temperature, new cough or loss of taste or smell must self-isolate immediately and book a test.

However, with many people displaying symptoms, Staffordshire residents are also being asked to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have other symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling tired for no good reason
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Tummy ache in children

Please note that staff and children with these symptoms can carry on coming to school if they feel well enough to do so and must only self-isolate if their test comes back positive.  However, you are asked to consider getting a test for your child merely as a precaution if they show any of the above symptoms.

Tests can be booked via the NHS website (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) with additional information about testing sites being found at the County Council website testing site: (https://staffordshire.zipporah.co.uk/TrackAndTrace)

 

Please note that children can still attend school with these precautionary symptoms if they are well enough to do so but should not attend school if you deem them too unwell.  No child should come to school however, if they have a temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of taste and smell until a negative test result has been gained.  If children do come to school with these three main symptoms or develop them during the school day, parents will be contacted to collect them immediately and asked to get a test for them.  Equally if a member of your household has any of the 3 main symptoms, children may not come back to school until a negative result has been gained or 14 days of self-isolation have taken place from the onset of symptoms.  If a child is having to self-isolate as a result of another family member, they will be regularly contacted by their teacher and work set for them via Goole classroom.

I would like to thank parents for their continued commitment to the safety of others.  Remember that wearing a face mask on site, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres from others and not gathering with others on site or outside of the school gates will enable us to all work together to ensure that the impact of Covid-19 on our school community in as minimal as possible.  We must all be vigilant and take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of others.  Thank you.

Finally, I would like to remind you of the procedures for reporting absence to school.  If your child is too ill to come to school, please either ring school 01827 214000 or email attendance@saintelizabeths.co.uk

If your child or anyone in your household receives a positive test out of school hours, ie in the evening or at the weekend, please contact the out of hours Covid-19 line on 07395 949614.  Please note that this out of hours line should only be used to report a positive case in the family which will allow us to undertake additional monitoring and make any necessary closures to bubbles quickly and efficiently.

Thank you for your support as always at this difficult time.  I am sure that there are better times ahead and I feel very privileged to be working within such a supportive community of staff, pupils, parents and governors.

Yours sincerely

M.Walsh

Mrs M Walsh

Headteacher

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