Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

New National Restrictions - 5th November 2020
 
New restrictions have been introduced today.  The details can be found by following the link below.
Our response to children or staff with symptoms of COVID - 16th September Update

We have now had a number of children in school displaying some symptoms similar to that of COVID, particularly having a higher than normal temperature. It is very normal for schools to have children with these symptoms at any point of the school year with the onset of colds or other viral infections.

These pupils have stayed at home to self-isolate and we have requested that they book a test so that we can all be reassured that their symptoms are not COVID-related. We will continue to ask all children or staff with any symptoms of COVID to self-isolate and book a test (in line with national guidance issued by the Department for Education and the Local Authority), but we do not feel that it is helpful going forwards for us to inform the wider school community every time we have a BGPS child with a raised temperature.

If the child or member of staff has a negative test result

Where a child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school immediately as long as they are well and all members of their household/support bubble can end their period of self-isolation.  We will not be informing the wider school community about the results of negative tests.

If the child or member of staff has a positive test result

Please rest assured that if we have a positive test result in school and your child is affected, you will be notified immediately, whilst maintaining privacy of the individual.  We will also notify Public Health England and the Local Authority who will work with us to assess the risk to the school community and inform us of the appropriate action we must take to safeguard pupils and staff in school.  This will involve sending home their close contacts (the rest of their bubble) and advising them to self-isolate for 14 days. (The contact’s household/support bubble will not need to self-isolate unless the child/member of staff they live with subsequently develops symptoms.)

What to do if your child has symptoms

All children and staff should have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. We have been assured by the government that testing capacity is being increased.  To book a test, visit https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or phone 119.

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, your entire household must self-isolate immediately, you must notify the school and arrange a test.  Whilst you await the result of the tests, your child must not attend school.  The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • high temperature
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

Please also see the “BGPS COVID Symptom-Check Flowchart” to help you to decide what action you need to take for COVID-related absence.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to minimise the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:

  •          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 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
  •          follow social distancing guidance at the beginning and end of the school day, and out of school.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

 
BGPS Remote Learning Plan
 
We have a detailed plan for remote learning at BGPS in case in-school learning is disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Our plan has been agreed by the Local Authority as meeting the requirements of the DfE for remote learning.
 
Free School Meals 
In these difficult and uncertain times, you may have found that your financial circumstances have changed, and you may now be eligible for free school meals.  We are currently providing weekly free food parcels to eligible families at our school.  There are wider on-going benefits to your child throughout their primary school education if you are able to receive free school meals.  Please follow the link below for information about eligibility and to apply online.

Support for Parents

The NSPCC has a good range of advice and support for parents and carers who are worried about the impact of the coronavirus on their families.

Gingerbread has advice and information for single parents, including helplines for parents to use.

If you need support at this difficult time, please contact us.  We will do our best to help, or signpost you to a service or volunteer group that can.
 
Details of volunteer groups in East Cambridgeshire can be found on the link below.