What are we doing about COVID-19 at Swinton Queen Primary School?
In school we are following advice from the DfE which is updated on a daily basis. The Government continues to stress that personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.
The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.
When to self isolate
Guidance effective from 14th December 2021:
From Tuesday 14 December, people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone withCOVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to helpslow the spread of COVID-19.
Daily rapid testing applies to all contacts who are:
· fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 jabs
· all children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status
· people who can prove they are unable to be vaccinated for clinical reasons
· people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine
· Under 5s are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily rapid lateral flow testing.
· Those who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate
· Unvaccinated adults must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19
Covid Testing Kits are available via:
LFD Direct: You can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home. You canorder your lateral flow test on the GOV.UK website.
Pharmacy collect: You can collect free lateral flow tests to use at home from a participating pharmacy. UseNHS England’s site finder to find pharmacies near you that offer the service. You will need to use a collectcode when you pick up your tests from pharmacies. Get your code at https://gov.uk/get-collect-code
Community Collect sites (kits subject to availability) LFT KITS AVAILABLE FROM THESE SITES FORPERSONAL USE - NHS Test and Trace Service – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
The practical move comes as Omicron infections are rising significantly in the UK and it is expected tobecome the dominant strain in the UK by mid-December. It aims to reduce pressures on people’s everydaylives by replacing the requirement for Omicron contacts to isolate for 10 days, while protecting the public byidentifying asymptomatic cases and stopping the chains of transmission. Testing daily will also help usunderstand how and where the virus is spreading.
Close contacts of people who test positive are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 and, with 1 in 3 peopleasymptomatic, daily testing will help ensure people are not unknowingly passing the virus on to others.
As now, anyone whose rapid test comes back positive or who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test to verify the result. If the PCR result comes back positive, contactsmust self-isolate for 10 days from the day they took the positive rapid test or developed symptoms. They donot need to continue taking rapid tests during that 10 day isolation period. If the PCR result comes backnegative, contacts can leave self-isolation but should continue to take rapid tests for the remainder of the 7days.
Anyone identified as a contact with a negative rapid lateral flow result is strongly advised to limit closecontact with other people outside their household, especially in crowded or enclosed spaces and withanyone who is more vulnerable. They should also follow government guidance on wearing a face coveringand working from home where possible.
Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for this new daily testing policy, they must self-isolate for 10 days if theyare a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not – unless eligible for an existingworkplace daily contact testing.
Support for those bereaved during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Listening Ear South Yorks and Bassetlaw is the bereavement helpline service operational across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Bassetlaw offering timely support for people affected by COVID 19.
Please see links below
Useful Numbers and Websites
Should you have concerns the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Click on the headings below for more information
Videos to help support hand washing