Covid-19 Latest updates

KEEPING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFE

Despite the current reports in the national press, and on TV and radio, of the Government’s “Plan B” restrictions being eased, we are currently experiencing an increase in positive cases within our school community, both amongst the pupils and the staff.

We are in daily contact with Public Health England to seek their advice and to obtain the latest guidance.

OUTBREAK CLASSES

The guidance from Public Health England is that a setting should consider there to be an outbreak if five or more pupils and/or staff test positive for Covid-19 in a class.

Since January 17th, we have had twenty classes that meet that threshold:
Robin / Rabbit / Bluebell / Elm / Poppy / Tulip / Wolf / Cherry / Otter / Snowdrop / Squirrel / Hedgehog / Wren / Puffin / Goldfinch / Oak / Snapdragon / Badger / Daffodil / Orchid.

Special measures have been put in place for children affected by these recognised outbreaks:

  • Daily lateral flow tests advised for all children within the affected classes.
  • Daily lateral flow tests advised for all adults working within the affected classes.
  • Class bubbles to continue until further notice – no mixing of bubbles (e.g. Year 6 English and mathematics sets postponed until further notice)
  • All morning and after-school sports activity clubs currently suspended for all outbreak classes. Children who are pre-booked into our Breakfast or After-School Care Club may continue to attend if they are present in school. UPDATE: Morning and after-school activity clubs are currently suspended for all pupils throughout the school.
  • Year 1 after-school Phonics is continuing as usual.

ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

Public Health England have continued to monitor our Covid-19 procedures and risk assessments and remain fully supportive of all that the school is doing to prevent the spread of the virus. Their conclusion is that we probably have a high number of pupils who are asymptomatic – which means some children have the Covid-19 virus but do not feel unwell and have no outward symptoms.

MOBILE TESTING UNIT IN SCHOOL

In order to identify any hidden asymptomatic pupils, Public Health England will be bringing a mobile PCR testing unit to school this week, on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January to carry out VOLUNTARY testing for St Matthew’s families.

The mobile testing unit will be in the school car park, staffed by colleagues from Public Health England.

The timetable will be as follows:

WEDNESDAY 26th – FRIDAY 27th JANUARY 2022

8.30 – 9.30am – DROP-OFF TIME / FAMILY WALK-IN TESTING

9.30am – 3.00pm – FAMILY WALK-IN TESTING 

3.00 – 4.00pm – PICK-UP TIME / FAMILY WALK-IN TESTING

4.00 – 4.30pm – STAFF TESTING

 Parents/carers who are unable to attend at the DROP-OFF or PICK-UP walk-in times can come at any time during the day when it is quieter with a shorter waiting time. School staff will be available at the front of the school to collect children from their class for their PCR test accompanied by the parent/carer.

LATERAL FLOW TESTS

Lateral flow testing is more than 80% accurate, so the more this is done, the more likely a positive case without symptoms will be revealed. Lateral flow testing kits can be obtained from local pharmacies or boxes of seven kits can be ordered online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

31 asymptomatic cases were identified by parents
using lateral flow tests over the weekend.

KEEP CHECKING PARENTMAIL

We will continue to keep all parents and carers up-to-date with the latest information, either about their child’s class or the whole school picture, through our normal ParentMail channel. It is vitally important that we have your correct details and equally important that you keep checking ParentMail for updates.

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