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Which year groups are the cases confirmed in?
Two children in year 4, Leopard class and one child in year 3, Cedar class.
Who has to self isolate?
Anyone who has been in close contact with an affected child has to self isolate for 14 days after contact. This is all the children in Leopard class and Cedar class and any staff members who have had close contact with the affected child.
Does the whole year group have to self isolate?
Not on this occasion. We have taken advice from Public Health England and only those who have had contact with an affected child has to self isolate. On this occasion it is the children from the affected child's class. Leopard and Cedar class have been in a class protective bubble. The children in Leopard and Cedar class have been playing on the playground at lunch and play times with their class and have not been mixing with the rest of their year group. There is a seating plan for children who use the dining hall for lunch. We have been able to identify that the affected child only had close contact with the children from their own class. Only the staff members who have had contact with the affected child has to self isolate.
Can siblings of the class who have been asked to self isolate come to school?
Yes siblings of Leopard class and Cedar class can come to school provided that they or members of their household does not develop symptoms. This was the advice from Public Health England.
How many cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed?
Three cases have been confirmed.
Have the classrooms been cleaned?
We know that the virus can possibly hang around on surfaces for up to 72 hours so the Year 3 and 4 classrooms, toilets and regular touch points has been cleaned again. This is in addition to the thorough cleaning that already happens in school throughout the day.
Why isn’t the school closing?
At this stage we have been able to identify all the contacts that the affected children had very quickly and they are self isolating.
How do I know if I came into contact with the affected person?
As we keep a record of what contacts are made. We know who came into contact with the affected person and have notified those who need to self-isolate as a precaution.
Does the affected person have another family member within the school in another year group?
Yes. The siblings of the affected children and the household are self isolating. We cannot disclose any more information than this.
Will it be better to keep the children home a bit longer until this episode is over?
Due to the systems in place we have been able to quickly identify those who came into contact with affected children, so we are expecting this to not develop into an outbreak. We will of course remain vigilant.
If the people that have been asked to self-isolate get tested and it comes back negative, are they allowed back into school before the 14 days?
No, they could develop symptoms any day within the 14 day period therefore it is essential that isolation is for the full 14 days.
Should a system be in place where staff take temperature readings of children on arrival to school?
Public Health England is clear that routinely taking the temperature of pupils is not recommended as this is an unreliable method for identifying coronavirus (COVID-19).
Should the school ask parents to wear face masks during drop off and pick up?
We have strongly advised all parents to wear a face covering during drop off and pick up. Parents should also ensure they are socially distancing during drop off and pick up.
Do the staff mix in the staff room?
No. We have various places across the school the staff can use at lunchtimes. Staff keep 2 metres apart from each other.
My child is in another class, can I choose not to bring my child to school?
Public Health England has advised that the school can remain open. If your child was not in the affected child's class, they should attend school as normal, providing your child remains well.
If a child from the school is tested positive with COVID 19, would you ask the parents to inform you if the child has used a child minder?
As soon as we find out there has been a positive confirmed case of COVID 19, we quickly determine who the affected person has had close contact with in school. If this was a child, we would have a discussion with the parent about this as well. We would also explore with the parent what contacts the child has had outside school, including afterschool clubs and childminders.
Will the affected child need to carry out another test which is then negative before they can return to school?
No. The affected child can return to school after their isolated period.
As the only the class had to self isolate this time, does that mean if there was another positive case confirmed it would only be the class that self isolates and not the whole year group?
Not necessarily. It all depends on the year group and the affected child or staff member. We have managed to split some year groups so they only mix at play and lunch times with their own class. There is also a seating plan in place for the KS2 children who eat their lunch in the dining hall. Nursery, reception and KS1 eat lunch in their classrooms. Anyone who has had contact with the affected person will be required to self isolate. We will always take advice from Public Health England.
If my child is in the affected persons class and is self isolating obtains a negative COVID test, can they return before the isolation date ends?
No. Your child must self isolate for the full period. This is because your child could still get symptoms after being tested.
What class is the second confirmed case in?
Same class as before, year 4 Leopard class. It is a child. The whole class will be self isolating as well as adults who were in close contact with the affected child. They wil be isolating for 14 days after contact. The end of the isolation date for the class has been extended as a result.
Why are siblings from Cedar class and Leopard class still attending school?
We have taken advice from Public Health England. Only children who have had close contact with the affected child has to self isolate, which in this instance it is the children in Cedar and Leopard class. Other members of the household can continue normal activities provided the child who is self isolating does not develop symptoms within the 14-day self-isolation period. Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
What does 'close contact' mean?
- a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
- being coughed on
- having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
- contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
See government guidelines for more information.
A useful document from the government on returning to primary school: what parents need to know. Click here to read.
Visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help plan for children's return back to school.
A useful document giving guidance for talking to your children about difficult world news. Click here to read.
Click here for an updated copy of our letter sent out to parents which sets out guidelines for the full opening of schools in September.
Click here for a copy of our operational risk assessment for the full reopening of schools in September 2020.
Click here for information from Transport for London regarding bus routes.
Department of Education Coronavirus Helpline.