,
Message sent from:

COVID-19 Procedures & Protocols during the Christmas Holiday period

RJM Christmas Covid 19 Protocols to share(2)

Dear Parents & Carers

Thank you

As we near the end this most different of terms, I’d like to thank you for all your vital support in helping to ensure that RJ Mitchell has reopened safely. Your co-operation at the start and end of the school day has been greatly appreciated and we are delighted at how well the children have settled into new routines. It has been lovely to have them back and the staff and I wish them a very restful and safe Christmas holiday.

COVID-19 Procedures & Protocols during the Christmas Holiday period

Unfortunately, the virus is still prevalent in the community and there remains the possibility that members of our school community will catch COVID-19 or display symptoms of COVID-19 during the holiday. I am writing to explain the procedures we will follow and the protocols we expect you to follow in any such cases.

What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 after school on Friday or on the first Saturday or Sunday during the Christmas Holiday period?

As I am sure you are aware, there are three main symptoms of COVID-19 and they are;

•             A high temperature

•             A new and persistent cough

•             A loss of taste or sense of smell

If your child displays any of these three symptoms on the evening of Friday 18th December, Saturday 19th December or Sunday 20th December it is really important that you;

 Keep your child and any siblings at home

 Book a test

 Notify school immediately using this dedicated e-mail

Within this short timeframe, as soon as we are informed about any child with symptoms who is waiting to be tested, we will send an PING message to all families in that child’s class. This will explain that ‘a child’ has symptoms and that we are awaiting the results of a test. It will explain that if the test is positive the class bubble will need to isolate for 10 days from the last contact. This will apply to all children in the class bubble even though it is the Christmas holidays.

What happens if my child tests negative for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Friday 18th December, Saturday 19th December or Sunday 20th December?

As soon as you get a negative test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately on the dedicated email address - covid@rjmitchell.havering.sch.uk . Your child can return after the holidays, if they feel better and any temperature has gone.

As soon as we are informed of a negative result, we will inform all families in your child’s class that ‘the child’ who was awaiting a test result has tested negative and that their own children will not be required to isolate over the Christmas holiday

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 having had symptoms on Friday 18th December, Saturday 19th December or Sunday 20th December?

As soon as you get a positive test result for your child, we ask that you contact school immediately on the dedicated school email address - covid@rjmitchell.havering.sch.uk .  Your child will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the result of the test.

As soon as we are informed of a positive result in from this time period, we will inform all families in your child’s class that ‘the child’ who was awaiting a test result has tested positive and that the children in the class who are deemed to have been in close contact with the child will need to isolate for 10 days from the last contact. We will have conducted a robust and prompt Risk Assessment with Havering Council’s Public Health Team to identify which children in the class bubble are deemed to have been in close contact with the child.

What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 during the rest of the Christmas Holiday?

If your child displays any of the three symptoms from Monday 21st December it is still really important that you;

 Keep your child and any siblings at home

 Book a test

 Notify school immediately using this dedicated e-mail

covid@rjmitchell.havering.sch.uk

We will not need to notify any other parents as it will have been 48 hours since the last close contact. We ask that you notify us and we will contact you on Monday 4th January to advise you when your child can return to school.

I know this is a lot of information so have attached a flow chart to clarify the key points. We do know these are anxious times for families and we have asked a lot of you. You have responded brilliantly thus far, and we really appreciate your understanding and cooperation; thank you. This feels like a key moment in our combined fight against COVID-19 and your part in keeping everybody safe cannot be underestimated. Working together, we hope to minimise the transmission of this virus and protect everyone in our school, and the wider community, as much as we can.

Thank you in advance and enjoy the Christmas break.

Stay Safe.

 

Mr Read

Headteacher

 

X
Hit enter to search