Tatworth Primary School always acts in the best interests of the children and staff. We will continue to adhere to advice received from Government, Public Health England, Somerset County Council, and other relevant agencies. Our website will be updated as and when the situation should change.
We have undertaken an extensive risk assessment which may be accessed by clicking here.
We have also summarised items relevant to parents/carers which may be accessed by clicking here.
Procedures have been agreed should anyone in school show signs that they may have COVID-19. Please click here to access the procedures.
Christmas Events Risk Assessment (30/11/21)
Letter to Parents/Carers (29/11/21)
School Christmas Events – Face Covering
School Christmas Events – Transmission Risk
Take a Lateral Flow Test – even if you don’t have symptoms.
Guidance Letter (12/11/21)
Guidance Letter (15/10/21)
Reception to Year 6 COVID-19 Testing (10/9/21)
Nobody (adult or child) should come to school if they (or anyone in their household) have coronavirus symptoms until they have received a negative test. Do not come into school if you have:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, persistent cough – coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Contact Tracing in Education and Childcare Settings with effect from 19 July 2021
Education and childcare settings are no longer required to conduct routine contact tracing. 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.
If your child has symptoms, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform the school. You should immediately order a PCR test for them. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test and Trace website or by calling 119.
- 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 Test and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – you should inform the school. You should also immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test and Trace website or by calling 119.
- 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). However, if the LFD test is positive and the person has symptoms (presumptive positive even if PCR is negative) they should isolate for 10 days. A PCR test should always be booked to confirm the LFD result. However, if there is a positive LFD test and the person has symptoms, or they have repeated positive LFD tests, then the individual is presumed positive, even if this is contradicted by the PCR result.
- 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 Test and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
- If someone in your household has tested PCR positive or presumptive positive until they have a negative PCR test children/staff should not come into school. The recommendation is that daily LFD testing take place and that parents are vigilant in looking for any symptoms. If the individual begins to show symptoms or tests positive on an LFD then they should self-isolate and take another PCR test.
PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also advise the school of the result during term time.
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.
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.
Guidance from 11 November 2021 regarding close contact
If someone has been identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace, they may be asked to take daily lateral flow device tests, while they wait for their PCR test results. If this is the case, staff or children should continue to attend school as long as the tests remain negative and they feel well.
If you think that your child has been in close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace then they should take a PCR test. These may be ordered online (free PCR test) or by calling 119. When ordering the test please indicate that you have been told to get a test by your health protection team, not by your school.
Guidance from 28 November 2021
- School staff are asked to wear a masks in communal areas around school.
- All visitors to the school site, who are entering the building, must wear a mask.
- We ask that parents/carers dropping off and collecting children, do wear a mask and follow social distancing guidance.
- All staff and children are strongly advised to use a lateral flow test twice weekly.
- All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.
- Some local restrictions are still in place given the high numbers of cases in Somerset, including the advice for any contact of a positive case to isolate and book a PCR test, returning only when that result is negative. Please contact us for further advice or to report a positive case.
- Close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for ten days regardless of vaccination status or age.
- Travellers arriving from red list countries must follow the red list rules. Details of red list countries and rules can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories