Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

This page contains ongoing information regarding school during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the bottom of the page you will find links to letters, risk assessments and useful information.  Of course, the school office team are always on hand to help, as are our teaching staff.

We have now entered Stage 4 of the Government’s Road Map through the Coronavirus Pandemic meaning that most things in school can return to normal alongside stringent hygiene practices: regular, thorough hand washing, catching coughs and sneezes and enhanced cleaning.

However, we along with the rest of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are now part of an ‘Enhanced Response Area’ due to the increased numbers of cases and infection in these localities.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health.  Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Following the change in guidance on 19 July 2021, the school/nursery/child-care/Early Years setting will continue to ensure confirmed cases of COVID-19 do not attend until the end of their self-isolation period but contact tracing within the school setting will no longer continue. To help prevent avoidable spread, we encourage staff and families to continue with the twice weekly LFD testing, to inform us of the result and to follow-up any positive results with a confirmatory PCR test. Please note that LFD tests are not suitable for children under the age of 11.

We would like to encourage all parents to consider taking up the offer of protection with two doses of the covid vaccine. You can book through the NHS portal

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

If you have any concerns about the vaccine then please find links to the NHS Kernow website which has some Frequently Asked Questions to help you.

COVID-19 vaccine – Frequently asked questions – NHS Kernow CCG – NHS Kernow CCG

The school/nursery/Early Years Setting remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, however mild, please isolate as a household and book a test for the person with symptoms (even if they have already taken a test). Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A new, continuous cough, and/or
  • A temperature, and/or
  • A loss of, or change to, sense of test and/or smell.

You can book a test through  https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

If the test is negative, your child can return to school/Early Years setting once they are well and have been fever free (without the support of paracetamol of Calpol) for at least 24 hours.

If the test is positive only unvaccinated members of your household over the age of 18 years must self-isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms started. If other household members become unwell they need to extend their isolation period as shown in this infographic.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day
  • Participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines (recommended for 11 years and over). We encourage you to log your results here: https://www.gov.uk/log-test-site-covid19-result

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We are committed to ensuring our children are kept safe and well whilst also ensuring any disruption to learning is kept to a minimum.  If your child is required to stay home,  are using the platform Google Classrooms in order to deliver teaching and learning that meets the same quality as in school.  We are committed to ensuring restricted attendance at school does not prevent our children from accessing the complete curriculum, or falling behind in their learning.  If you are finding it difficult to access the learning at home, for whatever reason, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We have already lent our DfE and school Chromebooks: please let us know if this is something you need help with.

We have used Google Classroom for the past term in school and our children are familiar with it.  We have been delighted to see children as young as five navigate the screen and join in with live lessons where these are delivered.  This is their world! Having said that, it is important to build in screen breaks and ensure you have as much time outside as you are allowed.  Technology is a tool for life, not a tool we live for.

This page is constantly being updated.

Important numbers

 

MULTI-AGENCY REFERRAL UNIT:

03001231116

OUT OF HOURS:

01208 251300

Early Help Hub:

01872 322277

School Nurse:

Sue Law 01579 373611

Designated Child Protection Lead:

Shelley England 01579 344042

Deputy Child Protection Lead:

Rosy Soady 01579 344042

Family Liaison Officer:

Rosy Soady 01579 344042

Attendance Officer:

Zaida Rey Blasco 01579 342344 ex 174

Family Plus Team:

01872 322200