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January 2022

  • Nottinghamshire SEND Parent and Carer Survey 2022

    Published 27/01/22

    Nottinghamshire County Council and its partners across Education, Health and Social care would like to hear about your lived experiences as parents/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) of SEND services and provision in Nottinghamshire.

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  • Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

    Published 21/01/22

    Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 7-13 February 2022. This year's theme is Growing Together.  During this week, we will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow.

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  • Covid Update: Jan 17, 2022

    Published 16/01/22

     The government have announced several changes already in 2022, so please read the information below carefully - do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

    Covid-19 Testing

    • PCR tests - these are the tests normally done at a drive-through testing centre, results are normally sent by text within 24 hours. These are for people WITH symptoms of covid-19, EVEN MILD SYMPTOMS. Children will need to isolate if they have symptoms and are waiting for the result of a PCR test.
    • LFD Lateral Flow Device Tests - the tests done at home, twice a week, getting the results back in 15-30 mins. These are recommended for people WITHOUT symptoms. Many families are choosing to use them in this way as a precaution with primary aged children. Please note, a confirmatory PCR test is not currently required after a positive LFD.

                  In addition to twice weekly testing, LFD Tests are now recommended for the following:

      • If your child has had close contact with a confirmed case of covid-19, they should take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
      • People isolating with a confirmed case of Covid-19 may be able to end their isolation early with 2 consecutive negative LFD tests, taken at least 24 hours apart, on days 5 and 6 of the isolation period. Please see the additional guidance below, ‘When to end self-isolation’

    NHS Information: 

    If possible, please ensure you have a good supply of LFD tests at home.

    Other measures in school

    Since September 2021, the DfE have not recommended that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). As well as enabling flexibility in curriculum delivery, this means that practical, day to day, aspects of school life can go ahead without the need for extra staffing, avoiding any detrimental impact on the delivery of education.

    However, the DfE have asked all schools to have contingency plans in place that would reduce mixing between different groups of staff and pupils. In our school, we have devised a ‘Green, Amber and Red’ contingency plan. This plan is progressive, allowing us to reduce mixing and manage rising cases of Covid-19 if and when they occur. This plan was used before Christmas when we saw an increase in local cases. Moving to Amber or Red is only done following consultation with health professionals at the DfE, in response to high numbers of confirmed cases.

    We would ask all parents to ensure their child has access to a laptop, PC or tablet so they can access home learning if they are well enough during a period of self-isolation. It is very important that all children can access home learning, so please let us know if you have any difficulties accessing a device or the internet – we may be able to help.  The government’s latest advice confirms that schools and families should be prepared for home learning in exceptional circumstances such as staff shortages.

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  • Do you need a PCR?

    Published 10/01/22

    Please see the attached document when considering if your child needs a PCR test.

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