Haydn Primary School Covid Risk Assessment - Removal of Remaining Domestic Restrictions in England - 24.02.22
Covid Update Letter to Parents/Cares from Mrs Mason, Headteacher - 22.02.22
Catch up Premium Implementation and Impact Statement
An Important Message from Department for Education - 14.01.22
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.
An Important Message from Department for Education - 14.12.21
From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Daily testing by close contacts will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 will help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.
Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting. Outside of the education setting, they should continue to follow the advice set out in the Sunday 12 December press release. This approach should also be adopted over the winter break and on return in January.
If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.
All staff and secondary aged pupils and students should have access to a box of 7 LFD tests from their education setting. If your setting requires additional test kits sooner than they would be available through the standard ordering process, or will run out of test kits imminently, you can contact 119 to request an emergency replenishment. For primary aged children LFD test kits are available through the usual routes (community test sites, local pharmacies or online).
Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.
Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.
For students with SEND who struggle to or are unable to self-swab daily for 7 days, settings should work with students and their families to agree an appropriate testing route, such as assisted swabbing. Information on further support measures will be provided.
Finally, it is important to continue regular twice weekly, at-home testing for all education and childcare workforce and all students of secondary age and above.
The new Omicron COVID-19 variant is spreading fast. Anyone who is unvaccinated or who hasn’t had their booster is at even greater risk from COVID-19 and more serious illness. Vaccines are the best way we can protect ourselves and help keep children and young people in face-to-face education.
People aged 18 years and over, and those aged 16 years and over who are at risk (including health and social care workers) will be offered a booster dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Please do encourage those in your settings to take up the booster dose.
You can pre-book your booster dose online if it’s been 2 months (61 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
You will be offered appointment dates from 3 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
16 and 17 year olds can get two doses of the COVID vaccine. They can book an appointment through the national booking service and walk in centres are available.
The Health and Social Care Secretary announced on Monday 29 November that young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from JCVI. Parents of children aged 12-15 that have not yet had their first vaccine can book their child’s first vaccination slot over the winter break via the national booking system.
We ask schools, where possible, to direct parents to the out-of-school route as they break up for the winter holidays. In some cases, parents will be able to get their booster at the same time as their child getting their first vaccine.
Information on vaccination for 12 to 15 year olds can be found in the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 guidance.
Further information on the coronavirus booster vaccination and booking a vaccination can be found on NHS.UK.
An information leaflet on what to expect after vaccination is available to download or order.
Following our rollout of CO2 monitors to state funded education settings, feedback has highlighted that schools are finding the monitors helpful to manage ventilation. In the majority of settings, existing ventilation measures are sufficient.
In the very few cases where an area of poor ventilation (sustained CO2 readings above 1500ppm) has been identified and this cannot be resolved through opening windows and doors or minor repair works, it may be appropriate to consider the use of an air cleaning unit as an additional mitigation whilst further remedial work is undertaken to improve ventilation. Air cleaning units, when used properly, can help reduce airborne contaminants in a poorly ventilated space, including viruses like COVID-19. However, it should be noted that they are not a substitute for ventilation and should never be used as a reason to reduce ventilation.
We announced on 18 November that we would make a Marketplace available to provide settings with a route to purchasing air cleaning units.
The Air cleaning Marketplace is now open. The link will take you to a landing page which acts a shortcut to the relevant Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Framework. The Marketplace will allow you to purchase air cleaning units directly from suppliers at a suitable specification and competitive price.
The Marketplace is available for all state funded schools (primary and secondary), FE colleges and early years settings.
Alongside the Marketplace, the DfE has also published ‘how to’ guidance on using an air cleaning unit. This guidance sets out what to consider when deciding if an air cleaning unit is suitable for your setting, and how to use them.
The information below has not changed since our last update
The Department for Education COVID-19 helpline and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Advice Service, (formally the Public Health England (PHE) Advice Service) are available to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education and childcare settings and children’s social care.
Our guidance to support education and childcare providers, local authorities and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic can be accessed using the links below:
Keeping Well this Winter Newsletter from Nottingham Citycare
Haydn Primary School Covid Risk Assessment - Autumn Term 2 2021
A Letter to Parents and Carers from Education Directorate - 14.10.21
A Message from City Council Deputy Leader - Cllr Sally Longford - Some Simple Steps if you Suspect Covid-19
I’m pleased to see that rates of Covid-19 remain low in Nottingham. However, while the virus is still out there, I would ask that we all continue to stay vigilant. Regular testing, checking for symptoms and applying ‘hands/face/space’ wherever possible, should be part of our regular weekly routine as we move into the autumn. Please remember these steps:
You can book PCR tests by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Let’s all do our bit to look after ourselves and each other this autumn and winter.
Haydn Primary School Covid Risk Assessment - Autumn Term 1 2021
Arrangements for September 2021
Update From Nottingham City Council: ‘Grab Your Jab’ and Help to Keep Our Schools Safe
School parents and carers in Nottingham are being urged to get their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. The more people who take up the offer of a vaccine, the greater the protection afforded to all local communities and our schools.
The vaccine provides a strong level of protection against the effects of Covid and it’s important that as many people as possible are vaccinated. It protects you, your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues and is the very best thing you can do right now.
Parents and carers can book an appointment at one of the many sites around the city. The NHS currently has a good stock of the vaccine – plenty for everyone in our city who is eligible.
You can find out more information about the vaccine – including how to book – on the local NHS webpage here
Keeping Well This Spring - An information leaflet from CityCare
Rapid Lateral Flow Testing for Parents and Carers
Please open the PDF below from Nottingham City Council about optional twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing for all adults living in households with primary school, secondary school and college age children.
For further information on household rapid lateral flow testing, please click on the following link:
To find your nearest home test collection point please click on the following link:
Haydn Primary School Re-opening To All Pupils 8th March 2021
Gates and Timings Reminder
The children will arrive at the same time and at the same gates as before. This staggered start and finish to our
day has become very efficient and we will continue to rely on the children arriving and leaving punctually.
Please re-familiarise yourselves with the gates and timings by opening the following document:
Nottingham Schools Trust (NST) Families Support
Here are some details of local support on offer during this time for children and families:
Nottingham City Council Coronavirus Updates and Services
I am very concerned about the Government’s decision to delay introducing extra restrictions in Nottingham. We have seen the number of cases spiral from being below the national average a few weeks ago to now the highest in the country, which is deeply concerning. We are also seeing an increase in Covid patients being admitted to hospital locally. It’s abundantly clear that stricter measures are needed. It makes the Government’s position even more questionable, with them changing from a plan to introduce extra restrictions this week to now not doing so until the middle of next week.
This makes absolutely no sense when the numbers have grown so drastically here in such a short space of time. It’s clear that strict interventions are needed, and they are needed urgently, rather than waiting until some time next week. Worse than that, the delay leaves this weekend open to potential abuse of the existing rules, which could result in yet more Covid cases in our city.
This unnecessarily places a huge burden on our local resources to manage and runs the risk of making a bad situation even worse in terms of infection rates. We need Government to act urgently and decisively or better still, give us the powers to let us get on with taking the action ourselves.
We need people to stop and think for themselves, if the Government isn’t going to take the action they should on behalf of the people of Nottingham. We need them to stay at home and not mix with other households, rather than being tempted to go out one last time before any extra regulations kick in. Everyone has a responsibility to themselves, to those around them and to their loved ones. For goodness sake, please help stop the spread of this virus – if you aren’t taking active steps to be part of the solution, then you are part of the problem that’s facing our city.
We need local people to continue to stick to the existing rules as they have done overwhelmingly so far:
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents and carers which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents and carers may have around testing.You can view the letter here
Haydn Primary School Test Flow Chart
If you have any concerns about family members displaying possible Covid 19 symptoms, please use the flow chart below. There is also information about booking an online test.
Coronavirus/Covid 19: Getting a Test in Nottingham – Message from City Council Leader, Councillor David Mellen
Community testing is the a key way we can control and maintain local outbreaks which in turn enables people in the city to carry on with their day-to-day activities, to go to work and for schools to remain open. Nottingham has both a fixed testing drive-through site and a mobile testing unit that visits different locations at different times. The fixed site is at the Motorpoint Arena car park behind the BBC building in Nottingham.
The mobile testing unit will be at the following locations:
Only try to book a test if you are actually experiencing symptoms or have been advised to by a health professional. You must book in for a test before attending and as locations are drive-through only, you either need to drive or be driven to a site. You can book in for a test at a mobile testing site by calling 119 or via the online government portal.
Test slots are released throughout the day and therefore if there is nothing available when you first look please keep trying. If you have symptoms you must stay at home until you can get a test and only leave home to take the test. The symptoms to look out for are:
Advice For Preventing Symptomatic Persons Attending School
Coronavirus - A Book for Children
This download is a very informative book aimed a children explaining the Coronavirus, lockdown and helpful tips for keeping safe during the pandemic.
The Book of Hopes
Click on the link below to download this free book from The Literacy Trust to share at home.
"Brilliant, moving and inspiring" - just what we need in these times.
"Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals"
Free School Meal Vouchers
For families in receipt of Free School Meals; we apologise for the delay in getting the vouchers to you, we are still waiting for the delivery from City Catering. As soon as they have arrived we will send them out to you. Thank you.
Applying for Free School Meal Vouchers
Follow the link below and fill in the application form to apply for Free School Meals.
The Trussel Trust: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/eastwestnottingham/
Bestwood and Bulwell Food bank- https://bestwoodbulwell.foodbank.org.uk/covid-19-latest-information/
Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 20 languages, which were produced in partnership with the Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice:
Available now: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Malayalam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese
Coming VERY soon: Polish, Punjabi, Romanian
Please click on the link below to access the information.
Wellbeing and support
With coronavirus being a concern for grown ups, children might also be worrying. Here's how to talk about COVID-19 with your young children, plus ways to practice healthy habits all year round. Please click on the following links for more information.
Samaritans: call 116 123 (24 hours) or visit https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Childline : call 0800 1111 (24 hours) or visit https://www.childline.org.uk/
Kooth: Free anonymous online support for young people. https://www.kooth.com/
Free online mindfulness classes for kids- https://www.mindfulschools.org/free-online-mindfulness-class-for-kids/
Headspace- guided imagery https://www.headspace.com/meditation/guided-imagery
Tips on calming anxiety during a difficult time- https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/