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Covid-19

In this section of the website you will find information relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Across the trust we have ensured that we have put in place additional measures to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff please take a look across our COVID-19 Frequently asked Questions to find further details of these measures and answers to the questions that you may have.

What are the latest National Lockdown Restrictions?

We are currently at ‘Step 4’ of the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from strict restrictions on day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to best protect themselves and others.

What is Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) and what has been done to introduce Lateral Flow testing within our trust?

  • Lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
  • Our Secondary provisions will retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing twice weekly to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home.
  • There is no need for primary age pupils (those in year 6 and below) to test.
  • Staff are required to test twice weekly from home and report any positive result to the Trust Team.

An introduction to Lateral Flow Testing

What is Saliva Testing and what has been done to introduce Saliva testing within Redwood Park Academy?

Redwood Park Academy is taking part in an exciting new Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Testing Programme. This new test is very simple and involves collecting a sample of saliva in a plastic pot. The test used is the one featured in a BBC News piece in July. Free tests will be offered to all pupils and all staff at the school.

Testing is not compulsory, but we strongly encourage pupils to take part.

Using specially developed resources in school on the days before they take their tests enabling pupils to learn about how the test works and how regular testing can help keep them and their community safer. You can access these resources to use at home by going to the ‘Teacher’ section of this website: www.lifelabonline.org

If your child tests positive, the programme team will contact you and ensure you get the help and advice you need and your child should start self-isolating immediately.  Please note that this test is for testing children who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If your child does have COVID-19 symptoms they should not attend school and you should order a test through 111.nhs.uk or by calling 119. 

You should find answers to any questions on the testing programme on www.hiowsalivatest.nhs.uk where there is also a web chat service. Alternatively, you can call the contact centre on 0808 196 2282 (lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm).

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There are many sites containing lots of information, here are some that you may find useful:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)(issued 19 July 2021)

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-and-families-coronavirus-information/

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/going-back-to-school-or-college/

What is the latest advice on isolation periods?

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.

Read more about how long to self-isolate.

Self-isolation rules have changed. You will not need to self-isolate in certain situations, for instance:

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

It's a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.

What is the school doing to limit possible infection?

The Trust will continue to implement a rigorous cleaning plan. 

Regular handwashing by staff and children will continue.

Start and departure times are managed to avoid congestion around all schools and number of entrances and exits used are maximised where possible.

Different entrances/exits are used for different groups where practical and possible

All rooms are ventilated

All visitors are encouraged to wear face masks and Lateral Flow Test before visiting.

What additional cleaning measures have been introduced within the school?

  • Rigorous cleaning is provided every day.
  • Working hours for cleaning staff have been adjusted or additional cleaning duties planned to ensure a cleaner is onsite throughout the day.
  • Hand soap and hot water are readily available. If a sink is not nearby, hand sanitiser is provided.
  • Fogging activities are carried out as per HSE guidance and a risk assessment communicated with all site staff.

Will cleaning personnel be provided with PPE?

PPE is available to all staff engaged in cleaning duties.

What is expected of pupils and staff in the school?

  • Maintain good levels of social distancing when able to do so. Good personal hygiene, frequent hand washing and sanitising

What will the school be doing to keep my child safe when they are in school?

  • Regular cleaning down of equipment, work surfaces and door handles in classrooms and communal areas.
  • Additional cleaning of communal areas throughout the day.
  • Good ventilation of classrooms, windows and doors opened when possible.

What if someone in my house tests positive?

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate.   

From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

  • Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine

What is the organisation of teaching spaces?

School Teaching spaces have returned to normal and social distancing is no longer a statutory requirement.

What will happen if the teacher exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?

They will be asked to self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test. If the test is negative they can return back to school, if not they will need to self-isolate in line with the government guidance.

What will happen if a child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?

  • One safe place has been identified to deal with any pupil or staff displaying symptoms at each school.
  • Appropriate PPE (face shield, face mask, plastic apron and latex gloves) is available for any staff member having to support a child or staff member showing symptoms.
  • Testing protocol is known by staff and parents – this should be done as soon as possible with school immediately notified of outcome.

What happens if my child was tested positive for COVID-19?

If a pupil tests positive on a LFT, where possible they will arrange for a PCR test. If the test is negative they can return back to school, if not they will need to self-isolate in line with the government guidance.

If my child must self-isolate, will the school provide home-learning resources?

Yes, home learning resources will be available.

When can someone return to school after self-isolating?

On completion of the 10-day isolation period providing symptoms are no longer experienced.

What happens following an alert to a positive case?

An e-mail letter will be circulated to identified close contacts, alerting them of the case in line with national guidance and along with recommendation of PCR test. As an additional precautionary measure we are asking that these pupils undertake a daily lateral flow test for the 5 school days following notification.  Pupils should continue to attend school, unless symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are developed.

If pupils that have been identified as close contact develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) they should remain at home and schedule a PCR test as soon as possible.  You can arrange a PCR test via this link https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

These pupils should refrain from school until the outcome of the PCR test is confirmed.

If the PCR test result is negative, your child can return to school.  However, if the PCR test result is positive, please inform the school immediately and your child must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or if your child displays no symptoms from the date of the positive lateral flow test or PCR test.

What will be done if there is an outbreak at the school?

If any of our schools have two or more confirmed cases within 10 days, we will follow our Covid Outbreak Management Plan and work with the local health protection team who will be able to advise if additional action is required.

Do staff and children need to wear face coverings?

  • Face Coverings are being encouraged for all staff and visitors.
  • Children are not required to wear face coverings.

What wellbeing support is available to me?

  • Wellbeing change team.
  • Support from line manager, Vice Principal and Principal.

As a reminder - Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/or by phoning 111.

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

Further information is available from here

On request a full copy of our trust COVID-19 Risk Assessment can be provided.

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