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The following information explains what to do if your child or another member of your family displays symptoms of the coronavirus. You will also find information on how the school will respond if a child or member of staff is unwell and tests positive.

 

Sickness in school 

If you child is sick you must report this to the school. Please do not leave a message stating 'unwell' as we need to have details of their symptoms. We ask you to call or email the office by 9am please.

For further details on absence see here  

 

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases.

 

 

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

 

 

What you should do if you have 1 or more of these symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus you must:

  • Contact school immediately and report the absence and the reason for absence
  • Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with must also self-isolate.
  • Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.

 

How school will respond:

If there is a suspected case in school, where a child or member of staff, falls unwell we will follow the protocol laid out by Achieving for Children. Please see below for information: 

Test

There are currently 3 ways you can be tested

  • Drive through test centre, the one closest to the school is located in Twickenham
  • Postal order
  • GP service

Please read the NHS document for the most up to date advice on testing, click here  

 

Getting your test result 

You must stay at home until you get your test result. You will receive a text or email when your result is ready.

This can take between 48 – 72 hours. There are 3 types of result you can get:

  • negative
  • positive
  • unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

 

Negative test result 

You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:

  • everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
  • you were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace
  • you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better. If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

 

Positive test result

If your test is positive, you must self-isolate. Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

  • If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when you had the test.

 

 

Unclear, void or borderline or inconclusive test result

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done. You will need to be re-tested.

 

There is separate advice if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus. Click here 

 

Test and Trace

You will receive an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service if you test positive after having symptoms. You'll be asked where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

The following information details the guidance and newsletters for parents in relation to COVID-19 following the outbreak in March 2020. 

10 July 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

6th July 2020

Department of Education Parent & Carer Guide to the Autumn Term, click here 

3 July 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

1st July 2020

 

Fit for Sport will be running their summer camp at Meadlands. Please see below for details.

26 June 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

19 June 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

12 June 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

5 June 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly newsletter.

20 May 2020

 

Please see below for:

 - Mrs McGeoch's letter outlining our plans for reopening on June 1st, the measures in place, and how this affects you and your family. 

 - Mrs Wolfrey's safeguarding newsletter.

19 May 2020

 

Please see below for Achieving for Children's letter regarding the potential reopening of schools.

12 May 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's letter regarding the recent reopening announcement.

8 May 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly communication.

1 May 2020

 

Please see below for Miss Tadman's letter to all years regarding reading resources and Mrs McGeoch's weekly communication.

28th April 2020

 

Please see below for Miss Davies' letter about sleep and nightmares.

24th April 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's weekly letter and Miss Davies' report on helping your child with anxiety.

20th April 2020

 

Please see below for Miss Taunton's Online Safety newsletter.

17th April 2020

 

Please see below for Mrs McGeoch's letter and some useful information regarding parent guidance, general health advice and mental health support.

8th April 2020

 

Please see below for booklet explaining Corona Virus in child friendly terms as per the parentmail today.

3rd April 2020

 

Please see below for letters from Mrs McGeoch.

27th March 2020

 

Please see below for letters from Mrs McGeoch and Miss Bunker.

23rd March 2020

 

Please see below for letter from Mrs McGeoch.

20th March 2020

 

Please see below for

  1. letter from Mrs McGeoch.
  2. letter which details instructions for distance learning for all year groups.
  3. letter regarding payments from Mrs Gee.
  4. letter re provision of free school meals.
  5. letter for key workers.

19th March 2020

 

Please see below for the letter from Mrs McGeoch.

18th March 2020

 

Please see below for the school closure letter from Mrs McGeoch. There is a form in parentmail for parents who may need extra support during the closure.

17th March 2020

 

Please follow this link for Newsround's video series on the virus, the short clips are informative and helpful way of having a discussion with your child about the virus: Newsround

 

It is important to give children a chance to talk about their concerns and not make them bottle up fears, especially if they see changes and worry around them, so don’t pretend nothing is happening – they will have noticed.

Below you will find a link to a doc, Top Ten Tips for 'Talking to Your Children About Scary World News' from the Mental Health Foundation. I hope you find this a helpful read. 

 

Please see below for latest COVID-19 school update sent via ParentMail.

16th March 2020

 

Please see below for latest COVID-19 school update sent via ParentMail.

13th March 2020

 

Please see below for latest COVID-19 school update sent via ParentMail.

12th March 2020

Please refer to parentmail form detailing school expectations in the event of a school closure. 

 

Every morning classes N, R, 1 and 2 will upload the day of work on to the class page on the School Website.

Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 will share work via Google Classroom. 

 

9th March 2020

 

Please see below for copies of previous correspondence sent via ParentMail.

2nd March 2020 

 

COVID- 19 Information from Achieving for Children; Richmond & Kingston Schools

The school continues to follow the advice of Public Health England and will continue to update Parents and Carers in regards to the Coronavirus.

As far as we are aware, there are no reported incidents of anybody in our school having been tested positive for Coronavirus. But we are aware of 1 reported case in a neighbouring school in Kingston-upon-Thames. 

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update all members of our community if and when we have further information or if the situation changes. For now the advice from Public Health England is for Meadlands to remain open and children to attend school. 

Schools are an essential service and are expected to be kept open - the NHS and the government are both keen to point out how important this is. Headteachers are expected to make the decisions around which is the most appropriate course of action to take based on the individual circumstances of their school. It's important that a sensible and proportionate stance is adopted. 

Children from Grey Court school who recently returned from skiing trips in Italy (half term week) have been given very clear guidance from the school's Headteacher Mr Rhodes. The advice from Pubic Health England is that any sibling of a child who attended one of these trips can remain coming into Meadlands school. 

 

For further information please follow the links below. 

 

NHS Website 

 

Government Guidance: This website is currently being updated twice a day and frequency will be increased if needed

 

Public Health England South London HPT on 0344 326 2052

 

Summary:

  • Symptoms include fever, sneezing, dry cough, breathing difficulties and diarrhoea
  • The virus is vulnerable to further mutation
  • Complications are usually pneumonia or kidney failure
  • Deaths are usually in over 60s or people with other health complications
  • More men have complications (although this might be influenced by the one child policy in China which has resulted in more men than women)
  • Children are less likely to have severe symptoms
  • Death rate is 2-3% 
  • 13 known cases in the UK (all imported into UK)
  • Low risk to public health (upping the risk level could be political)
  • Work on diagnostics and vaccines is progressing
  • Handwashing and the use of tissues is to be promoted (tissues that can be thrown away, not hankies)

 

Talking to your child about the virus 

Please let your child's class teacher know if your child is feeling worried or scared about the news of the virus. We can work with you to help your child's understanding, proportionality and knowledge of the best way they can keep themselves safe. 

In school we have reminded the children of the importance of washing hands and using tissues, this has been addressed in assemblies and in the classrooms. 

 

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