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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

We are continually monitoring and keeping up to date with the latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England in relation to Coronavirus. 

 

Latest government advice and information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 including information about what to do if you have symptoms, live with someone who has symptoms along with information about the NHS Test and Trace Service.

 

Parents/ Carers should contact https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 or call 111 if at any point symptoms get worse. 

 

The weblink to order a home test kit or book an appointment at a test site is https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name 

Update on Positive Cases (confirmed by PCR) at St Luke's School in the last 10 days

26th November 2021 - Confirmed positive case (Y4)

29th November 2021 - Confirmed positive case (Y4)

29th November 2021 - Confirmed positive case (Y3)

29th November 2021 - Confirmed positive case (Y3)

30th November 2021-  Confirmed positive case (Y2)

Covid Current School Status

All classes are open. There are currently 5 confirmed positive cases (confirmed by PCR) in school. Although thresholds for an outbreak detailed below have not yet been met, enhanced hygiene, cleaning and ventilation measures are fully in place. In addition to this, staff and adults in school are wearing face masks in communal areas. We ask everyone in our community to take part in regular weekly asymptomatic home testing to support reducing any potential transmission. The school is prepared with Plan B options for Christmas events should we be advised by a director of public health or a HPT (Health Protection Team) that the school needs to take other measures including limiting parental attendance and live performances in school. 

 

DFE Definition of an Outbreak and thresholds 

The DFE have advised that settings should consider extra action if the number of positive cases substantially increases. This is because it could indicate transmission is happening in the setting. The DFE thresholds, detailed below, are to be used by settings as an indication for an outbreak and when to seek public health advice.

 

For most education and childcare settings, this means, extra action should be taken when, whichever of these thresholds is reached first:

  • 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
  • 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

 

Identifying a group that is likely to have mixed closely will be different for each setting.  For schools, the DFE has shared that a group that has mixed closely could include:

  • a form group or subject class
  • a friendship group mixing at breaktimes
  • a sports team
  • a group in an after-school activity 

Latest DFE Advice about actions to consider once a threshold is reached

At the point of reaching a threshold, education and childcare settings have been asked to review and reinforce the testing, hygiene and ventilation measures they already have in place.

 

Settings are asked to also consider:

  • whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment
     

A director of public health or an HPT may give settings advice reflecting the local situation. In areas where rates are high, this may include advice that local circumstances mean that the thresholds for extra action can be higher than set out above. They might advise settings to take other measures.

 

Other measures and additional action that could be advised by public health experts

Settings have been asked to make sure their contingency plans cover the possibility they are advised to limit:

  • residential educational visits
  • open days
  • transition or taster days
  • parental attendance in settings
  • live performances in settings

Local authorities, DsPH and HPTs may recommend these precautions in individual settings or across an entire area.

 

The DFE or director of public health (DsPH) or a health protection team (HPT) may also advise settings take extra measures such as:

  • strengthened communications to encourage pupils and students to undertake twice weekly rapid asymptomatic home testing and reportingincreased frequency of testing

  • or other proportionate measures to support continuing face-to-face education.

 

In extreme cases, and as a last resort where all other risk mitigations have not broken chains of in-school transmission, a DPH may advise introducing short-term attendance restrictions in a setting, such as sending home a class or year group (as they could for any workplace experiencing a serious infectious disease outbreak).

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