High View Primary School

‟High View is an exciting place to learn and grow,
where everyone is valued for who they are.”

Covid-19 Update 01.11.21

Upon returning to school this week, we have been made aware of people in our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19.

We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Students and staff who have tested positive are isolating. The small number of children/staff who are identified as contacts of the confirmed case will have guidance from NHS Test and Trace and will be advised to take a PCR test and to take voluntary daily LFD tests until the outcome of their PCR test is known.

Outbreak control measures are also in place within the school and are being kept under review. The school remains open and, providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review. We encourage household members that are aged 11 and over to continue with twice weekly LFD testing to help identify cases promptly.

Please see the letter below for further information:

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AT HIGH VIEW BEYOND 19th JULY

Plymouth Local Authority have recommended that schools continue with their existing arrangements as set out in our Risk Assessments until the end of term.  We had hoped to do a run through for the normal pick up and drop off times at the pre-Covid entrances/exits, but sadly, this will now not happen.  Please be assured that we will send information out about where the normal drop off and collection points are, and the timings, so that you are well-informed for the September 2021 start.  There will also be staff around to guide you in the first few days back.  I know staff are looking forward to welcoming parents back into the school and returning to some sort of normality.  In September, wearing of normal uniform will also resume, including black shoes or black trainers and full PE kits. Blue school book bags will also be encouraged again, but not big rucksacks please.  Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding.

Please see the guidance on STEP 4 of the COVID-19 response – July 2021 (Roadmap) for further information.

Lateral Flow Testing

NOTE: Children of primary school age ARE NOT being tested. The tests are for the ADULTS in the family. If you have secondary age pupils, their school will deal with them directly. If your workplace tests you already, use them instead. If you receive a positive result, you must contact the school.

 We have been advised that you can collect testing kits from Marjons or Plymouth Guildhall. Both locations are open from 1pm - 7pm daily

Go to Main Front Reception and they will direct you to HDC Block Room 101, or you can order online:- https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

 
Please be aware that there is a risk of congestion at these sites.
Please read the advisory Government Bulletin below:

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 


Public Health England have produced a letter which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of

coronavirus are. We would be grateful if you could familiarise yourself with this.

 The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions you may have around testing.

 

View Test and Trace Letter Here