Happy New Year! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
Welcome back! Whilst we are excited to get the new term started with lots of fantastic learning going on, we are also wanting to share actions we are taking as potentially this term may be challenging.
As I'm sure you are aware currently there are a significant number of cases of COVID nationally and the new Omicron variant spreads very easily.
Whilst we will do all we can to hopefully prevent spread, these is a risk that this may lead to a significant number of cases in school at some point this term.
Our priority is to keep school open. Whilst we are prepared to move to online learning this would be a last resort and would only be short term until we could safely staff school again. The biggest difficulty we will face will be staff absence. (We are finding it very difficult to get supply cover currently).
We will do our best to keep classes and school open. We have looked at school routines, will continue to minimise mixing and as far as possible reduce contact opportunities so that hopefully cases can be contained. This is something that has been relatively effective so far.
If children have symptoms, if they have a new continuous cough, loss of taste and smell or a temperature they will be expected to get a PCR test. If it is negative they can return to school.
The new Omicron variant reportedly presents a different set of symptoms, these include fatigue, headaches and a sore throat. However, these are not officially confirmed. If your child shows these symptoms then you should consider doing a Lateral Flow Test (LFT).
If someone in your household tests positive or if children are confirmed as a contact to someone who has tested positive they are still allowed to come to school but they are requested to carry out a Lateral Flow Test every day for 7 days. If the test is negative, then they can come to school.
If a child receives a positive LFT they must get a PCR test. If that is negative they can return to school.
If yourchild receives a positive PCR test they must isolate for at least 7 days. On day 6 and 7 they can do an LFT and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they will be free to return to school on day 7. If they do not do an LFT on day 6 and 7 they must isolate for the full 10 days. A flow chat is included to help you understand the current guidance. (see below)
We know you will continue to support us to keep families and our community safe. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you need any advice please just ask.
Please continue to wear masks if entering a school building and follow social distancing guidelines where possible. Let's do our best to keep school safe and open.
Mr D. Nelson
Hands - Washing Hands
We will be continuing to expect the children/staff to wash/disinfect their hands every time enter/re-enter the building from outside: start of the day, break times, before & after lunch, after toilet visit, after outdoor learning.
Face - Face Masks
We believe that this adds an extra safeguard to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure school is as Covid safe as possible.
Space - Social Distancing
Mrs Rose Leaves
New Parent Governor
We would like to congratulate Leah on her success and look forward to working with her to improve the school and outcomes for all associated with us.
Parent Questionnaire Results
Welcome to Choppington Primary
It is your responsibility to inform school if your child is going to be absent or late.
Location: Choppington Primary School, Eastgate, Scotland Gate, Choppington, UK
Phone: 01670 823197