Updated Guidance Letter 8.10.21

Dear families,

Covid 19 update

We have had a rise in positive cases across the school and have taken advice from the Norfolk Outbreak Management Team.

They have advised:

  1. If any child is feeling unwell with any symptoms (tummy bug, sore throat, cough, high temperature, aches, headaches, cold like symptoms, sore eyes) they should stay at home and be taken for a PCR test. They should stay at home until the result of the PCR test is known. The advice is that any feeling of being unwell should be checked by going for a PCR test.

We appreciate that there are a lot of common illnesses going around at the moment but they have advised this extra cautious approach to help stop any further spread of Covid.

Please inform the office in the usual way if your child is unwell and going for a PCR test. Please inform the office as soon as the results are known. If the test result is negative, your child can return to school as long as they feel well enough.

  • If your child begins to feel unwell at school, we will call you and ask you to come and collect them and take them for a PCR.
  • As a school, we will be putting in additional measures within the classroom. In classes where there are a number of cases will we return to forward facing desks, additional cleaning and good ventilation. Children will be kept in their year group bubbles as much as possible.
  • We will continue to inform you if there is a positive case in your child’s class.
  • They have also advised that we should recommend that twice a week lateral flow tests are taken by all adults within a household. www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

So that children can get back into class as soon as possible, please try to book a PCR test. There is a walk through test centre on Westwick Street, near the old ToysRus which is walking distance from the school.

Thank you for supporting this new advice. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation changes.

Letter to Parents – Monday 19th October

Dear Families

From tomorrow morning, Tuesday 20th October, parents and carers are required to wear masks when coming on the school site. This is to help us to ‘do our bit’ to keep our communities safe, to protect each other and the staff in school. You will be very aware of the increase in cases locally and nationally. We also have a confirmed case at Angel Road Infants so I do not feel able to put off this decision any longer. This decision is delegated to schools from central government and is therefore enforceable. We recognise some people may sometimes forget.  Of course, we will not refuse entry for one-offs but ask that we encourage each other to get into this new habit on the school site. We will also place signs on the gate as reminders but these may not be in place by tomorrow morning. I hope you see this as a reasonable and proportionate step.
The government guidance states that some people may be less able to wear a mask than others as stated below:

  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others 

Please inform a member of staff if you are unable to wear a mask. Please be aware that different members of staff are on duty outside and may not always be aware of this. Children are not required to wear masks. 
Thank you so much for the brilliant support you have shown our schools during this incredibly challenging times. 

Regards

Binks Neate-Evans
Executive Principal

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.

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