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16th July 2021

 

Dear parents, carers and guardians,

 

The following letter has been sent to every school in Nottinghamshire by the local authority. Please read it carefully so that you know what to do and what will happen in the event of a positive Covid-19 case in school from Monday 19th July 2021.

I would also like to share the advice given directly to Head teachers by Colin Pettigrew, the Director of Education for Nottingham:

 

‘The guidance is clear that Headteachers are not to send bubbles home because of a positive case/cases and any necessary isolations will be notified by Test and Trace.’

 

Re: Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings

 

As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12 July that Step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19 July.

One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.

NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.

This letter sets out in more detail below how that process will work and what you need to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.

Self-isolating and taking a test

  1. If your child has symptoms, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a PCR test for them. If the PCR result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the PCR result is positive, they, other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

 

  1. If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the LFD), other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
  2. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
  3. PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also communicate the result to the education or childcare setting during term time or summer provision.

Contact tracing

  1. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

 

  1. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below).

 

Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts

 

  1. At present, anyone identified as a close contact is legally required to self-isolate and must not attend their education or childcare setting (the only exception is if they are participating in a daily contact testing trial). Anyone identified as a  non-household close contact by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of their most recent contact with that person. If they live in the same household, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of that person developing symptoms (see point 1 above) or, if that person was asymptomatic, the date of their test (see point 2 above). NHS Test and Trace will notify you of the day on which the self-isolation period ends.
  2. Close contacts are also advised to take a PCR test. If the test result is negative, they must still complete the full self-isolation period, as the test will not detect all positive cases. If the result is positive, they will need to self-isolate for a further 10 days – and NHS Test and Trace will contact them to identify any close contacts.
  3. From 16 August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts (see points 5 and 6 above). Further guidance on these changes to self-isolation will be provided shortly.

 

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely,

 

Yvonne Reeson

 

 A 'BEYOND EXPECTATION' CHARITABLE ACT

Olivia, in Class 2, is planning to have her lovely, long hair cut - her ponytail is a whopping 43 centimetres long.

She is going to donate her hair to the 'Little Princess Trust'. This is a UK charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people, up to the age of 24, who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses.

In addition, Olivia would really like our school to benefit from this thoughtful act. Olivia and her mum, Tammy,  are hoping to raise £100 to buy extra equipment for the school - something that we probably wouldn't otherwise have.

If you feel that this is an enterprise that you would be willing and able to support, please log on to their JustGiving Crowdfunding page using the link below.

I would like to offer a very big thank you to Olivia who is really going 'Beyond Expectation' and being a great ambassador for our 'Take Care' school values, both in school and in the wider community.

From Mrs Reeson on behalf of Olivia and her mum, Tammy.

 

 

Wellbeing Award for Schools

You may remember being sent a letter during February about the school's intention to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools. If you'd like a refresher, the letter can be found within Key Information on the signpost. The letter can be found by clicking on the rainbow near to the bottom of the page, under the heading 'Physical & Mental Health and Wellbeing'.

Unfortunately, it would appear that the Parent Survey that was sent out never worked so Mrs Howitt has sent another link earlier today. We would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete thi s survey as your responses will be used create our school Action Plan.

Fortunately, the Pupil Survey did work and you can find the results for this in the document below. I have to say that we have been very pleased with the children's responses and we feel that we are going in the right direction.

For future reference, WAS stands for Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look. 

The Wellbeing for Schools Award Results of the pupil survey Feb 2021

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The Wellbeing Award for Schools - an introductory letter

                       Top Tips for Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

 

Dear parents and carers, 

Please don't think I'm trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs; this article could well be reaffirming that you're doing the right thing during these challenging times. I've no doubt that everyone is trying their best.

 

Maintaining good mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. It affects the way children think, feel and act. As a parent, you play an important role in promoting your child's mental health and recognising when there may be early signs of difficulties.

But how can you promote good mental health?

Put simply, you can do this by:

  • being aware of the things you say and how you speak to your child;
  • clear and positive actions;
  • and 
  • through the environment you create at home;

So, here are our 10 top tips on practical ways you can positively promote your child’s mental health:

 

1. Connect with your child everyday.

Try to have make time every day for an activity where you can connect with your child without distractions that enables comfortable conversation. We all lead busy lives, but doing an activity like this together will offer your child the opportunity for them to feel secure and express how they are doing / feeling;

 

2. Have quiet time together.

This is a great way to connect with your child and takes no planning! Uninterrupted quiet time provides an ideal environment for your child to focus and build their attention span. When things are overwhelming, quiet time can help your child reset their thoughts and avoid behaviour escalation to meltdowns;

 

3. Praise your child when they do well.

Recognise their efforts as well as achievements- praise the small steps. For example, say your child has difficulty sitting quietly and calmly at the dinner table. Although desired, it would be unrealistic to initially expect them to do this for half an hour. So small steps might be praising that they achieved 5 -10 minutes. At the next meal this could be built on by reminding them of their previous achievement and setting a new goal of 15 minutes;

 

4. Foster your child’s self-esteem.

Self-esteem is how they feel about themselves, both inside and out. Children with good self-esteem generally have a positive outlook, accept themselves and feel confident. Fostering self-esteem includes showing love and acceptance, asking questions about their activities / interests and helping them to set realistic goals;

 

5. Actively listen to your child.

That’s really listening to what they are saying and how they are feeling. Often the way children feel may seem unrealistic or disproportionate to adults but remember, children do not have the wisdom of experience and they may need help and direction to make sense of situations and feelings. Try to answer your child's questions and reassure them in an age-appropriate manner. Whilst you may not be able to answer all their questions, talking things through can help them feel calmer;

 

6. Wherever possible stick to commitments and routines.

Following through on commitments and routines builds trust and continuity, important relationship factors. Try to keep to as many regular routines as possible to help your child feel safe and secure. This includes having regular times for going to bed, waking up, eating meals and doing activities /hobbies;

 

7. Keep your promises.

Should the need to break a commitment or routine occur make sure there is a valid reason and take the time to explain why to your child. Remember success comes from keeping your promises to your child;

 

8. Find opportunities to play together.

Play is a fantastic way for children to learn new things and develop problem solving skills. It also offers great opportunities for them to learn how to express their feelings;

 

9. Be a positive role model.

Look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Children are intuitive and will readily pick up on feelings such as stress, anxiety, hopelessness and fear.

 

10. Help your child to develop a language of feelings.

Teaching children about feelings can be hard as it’s an abstract concept but if they can understand and express their emotions, they will be less likely to ‘act out’.  For example, you can discuss how characters in a book are feeling and the reasons why they may be feeling that way;

 

We hope you find these tips helpful. It is important to recognise and accept that sometimes your child may not feel comfortable talking to you. As a parent this is a tough one, but the reality is that there will be occasions where this is the case. Rather than feel resentful or unhappy, you can take positive action and help them find someone they feel comfortable talking to e.g., a grandparent, an older sibling or another positive adult role model. Above all else, if you have any concerns, no matter how minor, or are at all worried about your child’s behaviour, mental health or wellbeing please contact your GP. In the first instance they may offer a face-to-face appointment or may ask you to speak to them via phone or video call. GPs are experienced professionals trained to help and you shouldn’t worry about wasting their time.

 

I hope you found the article useful.

Best wishes,

Yvonne Reeson

A Little Bit of Loveliness

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I have been sent this beautiful video by Dave Maddison, a close friend of St. Peter's. He has worked closely with us on our Beyond Expectation Education. I hope you enjoy this film.

Remote Education Statement

Useful Guidance Relating to COVID-19

Breakfast Club booking form

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A little message from us to you

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We are thinking of you. #stayhome #staysafe
Thank you to Mrs Forrest for putting this montage together.

HOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING PLATFORM 

Please find below the link for our home learning platform. If you paste the link, the children will be able to access their learning platform using their logins and passwords provided. If you have any difficulties please contact your class teacher by emailing school and the message will be passed on.

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school//?ctx=teamsGrid

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