IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADULTS & CARERS
YEAR 1 AND 2 BUBBLE ISOLATION INFORMATION
EARLY YEARS BUBBLE ISOLATION INFORMATION
NHS Test and Trace:
COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing for Staff
The Department for Education has recently announced that it will start a programme of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, testing will allow us to take further measures to make our school as safe as possible. Up to one in three people who have Covid-19 have the virus without symptoms so could be transmitting the virus unknowingly. Tackling the pandemic requires identifying asymptomatic, infectious individuals. By testing, we will help to reduce the spread in schools.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals. No test is perfect, but the speed and convenience of LFD tests supports detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals who would not otherwise be tested. They are clinically approved and are crucial in the fight against the virus. As the tests are more sensitive with higher viral loads, there is a risk of returning a negative result when viral loads are low (e.g. in the early stages of infection). This is why Public Health England recommend two LFD tests 3 to 4 days apart, or regular testing, to enhance detection by picking up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to catch any new infections.
If a member of staff tests positive using a LFD, it is likely that they are infectious at that moment, whereas people testing positive on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or lab-processed test could be in the less infectious early or late stages of disease. This means that by using the lateral flow test we can identify staff with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further. A negative LFD result will not be read as a means to relax or ignore social distancing or other virus prevention measures intended to reduce transmission – LFD is an additional tool that contributes to reducing risk.
Staff at Barnburgh will be asked to take the tests every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon starting from 27th January 2021. If a member of staff tests positive, they are asked to report their result to me before 6pm. If a bubble has to close as a result of a positive test outcome, I will inform families via the school app shortly after 6pm. Please remember that staff have to follow a positive LFD test up with a PCR test. If the PCR test comes back negative, the bubble will re-open.
If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me
DO I QUALIFY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
In these challenging times there will be some parents whose income varies and may well pass the threshold for eligibility for their child to have free school meals. We want to ensure that those families receive the support they are entitled to. The link below is for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) free school meals.
Before you start you you will need:
- your own name and date of birth
- contact details
- national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
- child’s name and date of birth
- child’s school
You will be notified within 2 working days by DMBC if you are entitled to free school meals. Our school will be notified each week of any changes and will ensure you receive your electronic vouchers to be used in local stores.
If you have any issues completing the form please contact us on any of the emails provided and we will do our best to help.