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Corona Virus advice and information

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March 8th: General return to School

We look forward to the return of all pupils from March 8th 2021.

Government Guidance

Please see these links to:

1) Government Guidance to Parents for the return to School March 8th 2021

2) Government Advice relating to mental health of children

 

Advice for Notifying the School during the evenings, weekends and holidays

Covid Update

Should anyone need to contact the School in respect of possible symptoms/tests, and in particular any positive test results please can we remind parents of the following email address by which to contact us.

covidalert@mellisprimaryschool.org

 

Government Briefing Advice for Schools

To be read in conjunction with School published letters accessible below.

Please also see the letter that the School wrote to parents concerning the School's approach to possible symptoms of Coronavirus with their children, as well as an associated NHS leaflet.

Arrangements for drop-off and collection times

Please play the embedded video below to see how we are currently managing drop-off and collection times for Yrs1-6....

 

 

 

...and Reception.

 

 


 

Guidance from the Government

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:

     Phone: 0800 046 8687
    Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 

Public Health England: Advice on the coronavirus 

How serious is the coronavirus?

  • It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing, and loss of taste/smell.
  • The infection is not serious for most people, including children
  • Vaccines are currently being rolled out nationally according to priority categories
  • Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain

What should you do if you feel unwell?

Please see below a reminder of the current guidance for people showing symptoms.

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into school if:

  1. They have one or more C19 symptoms
  2. A member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or child care bubble) has C19 symptoms
  3. Required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  4. Have had a positive test

They must not attend for at least 10 days from the day after the

  • Start of their symptoms
  • The test date if they did not have symptoms but have had a positive test (either LFT or PCR variants)
  • Other members of that household (or support/childcare bubbles)
  • If anyone starts to show symptoms while in this self-isolation phase they need to re-start the 10 day isolation period and book a test
  • If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms, but then go on to develop symptoms during the isolation period they must restart the 10 days from the day they developed symptoms

Broadly speaking, the same measures and advice in place previously continue to be in place moving forward. Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into school if:

  1. They have one or more C19 symptoms
  2. A member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or child care bubble) has C19 symptoms
  3. Required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  4. Have had a positive test

They must not attend for at least 10 days from the day after the

  • Start of their symptoms
  • The test date if they did not have symptoms but have had a positive test (either LFT or PCR variants)
  • Other members of that household (or support/childcare bubbles)
  • If anyone starts to show symptoms while in this self-isolation phase they need to re-start the 10 day isolation period and book a test
  • If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms, but then go on to develop symptoms during the isolation period they must restart the 10 days from the day they developed symptoms

 

The importance of hygiene  at home and at school

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.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Links for wider support

  • Samaritans – call free 24 hours a day on 116 123
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
  • Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues if you call 0330 0536 083 (please note, this is not a free phone number and your call will be charged). A free webchat is available at https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/webchat
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