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Key Information & Updates

Date Published:
Tuesday 31 August 2021

This page is updated regularly to provide you with key information and updates throughout the school year. We recommend that you check this page daily for important updates relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We may send out a text message linking you to the updated information on this page and these texts may be targeted. The daily update will show all positive cases reported on that particular day and will replace the update from the most recent day. If there is no daily update posted then no cases have been reported on that day. You can download our arrangements for the start of term letters below.

KEY DATES AND CONTACTS

You can find our key dates and contacts booklet for the academic year here - Link.

COVID-19 CASE UPDATES

UPDATE 27/9/21 One Year 13, two Year 7, seven Year 8, four Year 9, two Year 11 students and four members of staff have tested PCR positive for Covid-19. Public Health England and Local Authority guidance is being followed regarding the positive cases.

RETURN TO EDUCATION INFORMATION LEAFLET – SEPTEMBER 2021

You can download the latest information leaflet with useful information about the return to school this term here.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR LFD TEST POSITIVE?

Students that are symptomatic in school will need to go home. Please do not send symptomatic or LFD positive students into school. The symptomatic or positive LFD test student needs to get a PCR test. Individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

School needs to be informed of the student test result stating if it is POSITIVE or NEGATIVE. If the test result is negative, the student can return to school AS LONG AS THEY NO LONGER HAVE SYMPTOMS. If the test result is POSITIVE, the household must follow the instructions issued by NHS Test and Trace.  There is still an urgent need to report ALL positive cases during term time to school by email to admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk Cases in the school holidays will be picked up by the NHS Test and Trace process.

COVID-19 MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOL

NHS Test and Trace has now taken over the identification of close contacts of Covid-19 cases and will issue support and guidance to close contacts, this is likely to include recommending a PCR test. You can download our updated Covid-19 protocol which applies from 1 September 2021Positive cases need to self-isolate in line with instructions they receive from NHS Test and Trace. Close contacts identified by NHS Test and Trace need to isolate in accordance with the instructions issued by NHS Test and Trace.

 
COVID-19 HOME LFD TESTING PROGRAMME

Continued Covid-19 testing at home prior to return to school at the end of school holidays and during term time is important because anyone could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. To keep all staff and students safe the NHS is providing home testing kits.

The school will not be providing test kits for use during any summer holidays but these can be collected from most pharmacies or ordered online via the gov.uk website. It is recommended that you continue with testing during all holidays, including the summer holidays, as normal.

Students that have consented to testing will continue to receive their home testing kits on a rolling programme from school during term time. The instructions must be followed in the step-by-step guide (blue booklet) and all results reported to the NHS website (whether they are positive, negative, or void).

The school also has to keep a record of all student Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test results, so the following form (link below) will need to be completed every time a student does a Covid-19 test, every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Please report results directly after the test result is known. A positive LFD result from a home test needs to be confirmed by a booked PCR test at a testing centre. Self-isolation is required under the usual guidance until a negative PCR test result is received. If a positive PCR test result is received it requires self-isolation under the usual guidance.

 

You must use both of the links below to report every test result (positive or negative) on a Sunday and Wednesday. This includes any testing undertaken in the school holidays. For POSITIVE results ONLY you must always also email the result to admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk. Please never leave a telephone voicemail message about any positive result. Specific instructions for school holidays are provided further down this page.

 

 

Report your result to the school [link] - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1FHki3M0o02lSREa1fQVayioYwf8M1BKhcdyE5kA7ERUMlZQVTRIVDBZQ0oxMFBOWlYzRk1aVE9TRy4u

 

Report your result to the NHS [linkhttps://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

 

An instructional video is provided on YouTube, please see link below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ

 

IMPORTANT: Tests are only for the use of the person assigned the kits, they must not be taken by anyone else.

 

COVID-19 FURTHER INFORMATION

The Covid-19 isolation period is 10 days. All positive cases of Covid-19 for children during term time must be reported to the school immediately. Telephone the school on (0191)2818486. If you are unable to speak with a member of staff in person do not leave a voicemail, please email us at admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk. Positive cases outside of term time need to be reported directly to NHS 119.

 

Close contacts of any positive case will be contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace and given support and guidance on next steps, which is likely to include recommending a PCR test. Students not contacted by NHS Test and Trace with instructions to isolate do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance. However, everyone has an important part to play in stopping Covid-19 spreading. These are the things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you, and anyone you live with, getting ill with COVID-19:

·         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 

 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms you should arrange urgent PCR testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available from the NHS. Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  Further information is also available at the same link www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Our priority will continue to be the provision of the safest environment possible in school to minimise any risk for both staff and students. The work to ensure our school is as safe as possible is subject to constant ongoing review. There are a series of systems and arrangements in place to ensure everyone remains safe. The bottom of this page contains links to our Student Covid-19 Protocol. Our Behaviour Policy and Covid-19 addendum can also be found in the policies area of the website. It is essential that students follow the Covid-19 Student Protocol and our Behaviour Policy to ensure the safety of students, staff and their families. If at any time students fail to follow the Behaviour Policy and Student Protocol or act in a manner that jeopardises the school or the safety of others, parents will be contacted immediately.

If your child feels unwell it is vital school has the correct contact details and those of emergency contacts. Please make sure that your contact details are up-to-date. If you do need to update us please email admin@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk

Due to Coronavirus restrictions the machines that students use in school to add money to their account will be out of use. Students must not bring money into school. If you have not already set up an online payment account please email the Finance department finance@jesmondparkacademy.org.uk and they will send you the information you will need to set up an account. They will need your child's name, address and year group.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Our Covid-19 Protocol can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This includes information about the Lateral Flow Testing programme.

FACE COVERINGS IN SCHOOL

The most up to date version of our Wearing of Face Coverings in School document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. From September 2021 the use of face coverings in school will be optional but this guidance is continually reviewed and may be subject to change based on DfE and PHE advice for the school.  

 

REMOTE LEARNING

There is increased rigour to remote learning and a clear expectation that all students fully engage with it.  At Jesmond Park Academy our remote learning provision on Frog and OneDrive means that students can access learning through a range of expertly designed learning tasks.  Please see the detailed guide to remote learning on the school website, which you can easily access from the second button on the website homepage.  This will solve most of the problems or issues that you may encounter.  It is important that students work to a set routine, led by their timetabled lessons, and in a quiet, appropriate space at home.  Teachers are available for support during the school day and you or your son/daughter can contact them via email. Teachers have been instructed to contact any students not completing work as it is compulsory for them to complete it, just as it would be in school. Students need to complete the work set on the One Drive and then complete Frog Assignments which will be used to assess progress and understanding. They will receive feedback on these assignments. Students can also email work to their teachers if they want some reassurance on any areas of misconception or even just to share a piece of work of which they are particularly proud. For all of the latest information on our remote learning programme please click the following Remote Learning