Dear Parents and Carers,
Confirmed Outbreak of COVID-19 at St Matthew’s Primary School
We have been notified of a number of positive cases of COVID-19 connected to PUFFIN CLASS. This has met Public Health England’s criteria for an outbreak.
Your child has been identified as someone who is likely to have had contact with some of these individuals as part of a class or group.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the current situation, and to advise you on what to do next. We are monitoring the situation closely and are working with our local Public Health team to put temporary, additional measures in place to help to reduce the risk of onward transmission within our setting.
TWO KEY MESSAGES FROM PUBLIC HEALTH
1. All children who are 5 years old or older should test daily using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) until 8th February 2022 (see information below). Children who are 4 years old do not have to test daily using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) due to their age; however, in order to keep everyone safe, we would encourage them to do so if possible.
2. PUFFIN CLASS children MUST NOT ATTEND ANY BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS until further notice. Children who have booked can still attend Around the Clock Before and After School Clubs.
Daily Testing for Contacts of COVID-19
As per Government guidance fully vaccinated adults, and those aged between 5–18 years and 6 months who are contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case should take daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs).
We have been advised by Public Health that children in your child’s class should take daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) up to and including 8th February 2022.
Children should take this test before they leave the house for the first time each day and ideally bring evidence to school daily (for example, a photo taken on a phone).
If it is not possible to test at home, we will be offering testing in school each day for children in PUFFIN CLASS.
If you would like to test your child in school, please arrive at 8.35am at their usual gate.
We will be making a room available for testing and staff will be available to support as necessary.
We would advise that you wear a mask in the testing area.
Packs of 7 lateral flow tests can be collected from various locations in Luton. Please use this link for further details Coronavirus testing (luton.gov.uk).
Tests can also be ordered online (subject to availability) at: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-test We have a limited number of tests available for you to use with your child at school each morning if this is easier.
You will need to stay with your child for the duration of the test. If your child tests positive you, will need to take them home.
- During the testing period, if the LFT result is negative, then the child can continue with normal activities for that day. Other members of your household can continue with normal activities provided your child does not test positive or develop symptoms within the testing period.
- If an individual undertaking daily testing has a positive LFT result, they should self-isolate as per Government Guidance. They currently do not need to undertake a confirmatory PCR test.
Please look out for the following symptoms.
- A high temperature
- A new continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Many of our recent cases have also included headaches, cold type symptoms and stomach aches
We advise you to take a PCR test as soon as possible if you/your child has any of these symptoms (even if mild).
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible for free testing and this can be arranged via Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119.
What to do if your child or a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child or a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test straight away, or follow the advice from NHS Track and Trace.
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January 2022, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will be able to end their isolation period after 5 full days, if they test negative with a lateral flow test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to school/place of work immediately on day 6. If the results of either of their tests are positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two lateral flow test tests on two consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Remaining household members do not need to self-isolate if they comply with one of the reasons numbered above.
If you have any queries about your child’s COVID related absence, please email the school on email@example.com at any time.
Thank you for your continued support – working together, as a community, will help to keep us all safe.
Ms J Thomas and Ms D Thompson