Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a super summer break. We can’t wait to have everyone back in the swing of a school routine.
It has been great to see everyone smiling, settling into their new classes with their new teachers and enjoying everything school can offer. We will be having a few new faces around the school throughout the term. To begin we have Miss Thomas who will be working one day per week in Year 3 and one day in Year 5 so you may spot her.
There are no significant dates for your diary during the first week as we are focusing on the children returning. Any updates will start next week.
Reminder – School starts at 8.50am, please ensure your children are in school by this time.
Please see attached, in case you missed the Local Authority letter which I emailed out on Monday.
This explains the latest processes for COVID 19. In the case of a positive test the school will NOT be contacting parents as this role is now led by Track and Trace. They will only contact parents of those pupils who are considered “close contacts”.
Any adults who have been double vaccinated and children under 18 years do not have to isolate unless tested positive or showing symptoms.
As a school we are still asking parents or any visitors to the school to wear face coverings if possible and to socially distance. We are also asking families to not stay in the school playground at the drop off and collection times for any longer than is necessary in order to reduce the number of people around the school.
Back to School Photos
Welsh phrase of the week:
Croeso nôl I bawb – Welcome back everyone (Phonetically pronounced – Croy-so nor l ee bowb)
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Changes to contact tracing and self-isolation from this September
I hope you and your child have enjoyed the summer break.
As we return to school, there are some new arrangements in place when someone tests positive for COVID-19. These changes have been made possible by the vaccination programme and the significant reduction in numbers being hospitalised and suffering severe illness due to COVID-19 over recent months.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details - if you know them - of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.
Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts. But they will be contacted to let them know that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. They will also be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread. If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.
If a child tests positive, only a minority of their classmates will be identified as close contacts. But if there is a pattern of cases TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.
We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not mean that COVID-19 is spreading within the school. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
Anyone with symptoms - a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste - should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at www.gov.wales/self-isolation.
We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make. Thank you for everything you have done to support your child and our school.