Oakfield School
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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Home Testing over the Easter holidays.

Home Testing letter (25.03.2021)

 

Please note Oakfield School will be closed to all pupils and staff on Monday 22 March 2021 for a deep clean.

We intend to re-open the school on Tuesday 23 March 2021 as normal.

Please click the link below to view/download the COVID-19 update letter from the Headteacher:

COVID-19 Update (21.03.2021)

 


COVID Positive Test – Advice to Parents:

Outbreak Letter (Oakfield School) – 17.03.2021

 

COVID Positive Test – Advice to Parents:

Oakfield School Outbreak (letter) – 15.03.2021

 

Lateral Flow Test – Home Testing of Pupils

Please click the link below to read the ‘Lateral Flow Test – Home Testing for Pupils’ letter:

Lateral Flow Test – Home Testing for Pupils

 

Infection Management Policy and Procedure V4

re-opening letter to parents 20th November 2020 final

Oakfield School – update                                                       20th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

From Monday 23rd November 2020, we will begin to re-open to pupils based upon the number of staff we have available to work on site. This will be a measured and staged approach as I am very aware that this is an extremely worrying time for everyone.

Parents and carers of the pupils who will be coming into school on Monday, have been notified by telephone by members of staff.

It was made very clear to me, at the Public Health review meeting that I attended on the afternoon of Tuesday 17th November 2020 that due to the high infection rate in the city at the moment, there will be more positive tests and staff and pupil absence as a result. I need to make sure that I can do all I can to avoid a full closure again.

During this last week, I have received notification of further positive test results in staff. The staff and students affected in terms of needing to self-isolate have been informed.

Public Health are assured that the school is doing all it can to minimise the risk of infection of staff and students.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus, can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

Transport will be arranged for those children who will be attending on Monday.

Those students who are entitled to FSM will be provided with vouchers for the days that, due to the Covid- 19 outbreak, they are unable to attend the school site.

All students will receive planned lessons via the class teachers using the platform Microsoft Teams- a help sheet on how to access/use Teams can be found on the schools website. The web link is http://www.oakfieldhull.co.uk/index.php/curriculum/platform-learning/

I will continue to review the situation. As soon as staffing levels improve in the school setting, then arrangements will be made to bring more pupils back into the building.

Welfare checks continue and we are available to provide any support we can.

Thank you all for your support during this challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Headteacher

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Oakfield outbreak letter 18th November 2020 final

Oakfield School  – School Closure                                         18th November 2020

Outbreak Letter for School – Advice to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers

I apologise for the delay in writing to you on this occasion.

Unfortunately I received, early Tuesday morning, confirmation that another member of our school community had tested positive for COVID 19. In light of that and the fact we had a significant number of staff unable to attend work due to instruction to self-isolate, I made the decision to ‘close the school’ for health and safety reasons.

In line with Government Guidance, we have contacted the families of the children and the staff who are affected to tell them that they need to isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with that person.

If you were NOT contacted yesterday in relation to this then your child has not been affected.

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a virtual meeting, where the risk assessment processes and the current situation at the school was reviewed by an external infection control consultant. The meeting was rigorous. The consultant was satisfied with the procedures in the school for safe working. He did offer some further suggestions that we will be implementing immediately. These are staff related, as the national data suggests, they are at most risk of infection in the work place.

The recommendation is to remain closed this week and review again at the weekend. Friday is considered to be too early to make that definitive decision. This gives time to see if there are any further positive tests within the school community.

All being well, from Monday 23rd November 2020, we will begin to re-open to children based upon the number of staff we have available to work on site. This will be a measured and staged approach, as I am very aware that this is an extremely worrying time for everyone.

It was made very clear to me in the meeting that due to the high infection rate in the city at the moment, there will be more positive tests and staff and pupil absence as a result. I need to make sure that I can do all I can to avoid a full closure again.

The school site is fully closed until Thursday. On Friday, a team of cleaning staff will be on site conducting a full deep clean in all areas of the school, including residential and the CLC Annexe. I will be speaking to Public health at the weekend, although if there are any changes over the next few days, I will be working with them

You will be contacted over the next few days in preparation for re-opening. A text will be sent out on Sunday to confirm arrangements.

I would like to remind you once again, if anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus, can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

I have, again, added some additional information at the end of the letter for you, but if you have any worries, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.

Thank you all for your support. I appreciate it.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Headteacher

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Oakfield outbreak letter 15th November 2020

Oakfield School                                                                                                                                      15th November 2020

Outbreak Letter for School – Advice to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers

Unfortunately I have received confirmation that another member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19.

Following government and local authority guidance the affected person and their family have now started their isolation.

In line with Government Guidance We have contacted the families of the children, and the staff, who are affected telling them that they need to isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with that person.

If you have not been contacted today, then your child has not been affected.

Again, if anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

I have, again, added some additional information at the end of the letter for you, but if you have any worries, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.

Thank you all for your support.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Headteacher

 

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Letter to Parents 13th November 2020

Oakfield School – Update                                                                                                                                             Friday 13th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you will know from the statements from Public Health that are reported in the media, the infection rate continues to rise in the city and this is continuing to impact on school staffing levels. I am in regular communication with the Local Authority, Public Health and other School Leaders as to how this can be managed in order to ensure all children have access to school whilst maintaining health and safety.

I believe it is very important that we put structure and consistency in place during this very unpredictable and anxious time.

Staffing levels are still very low. All absences are Covid- related. Staff are sick, recovering from sickness, self-isolating from ‘track and trace’ or working from home due to Covid – related circumstances. Therefore I am unable to safely open the school for all students.

From next week, Monday 16th November 2020, the school will be partially open. You will have all received a telephone call to explain the situation and how it will affect your child. If you have not been available, be assured, staff will make every effort to speak to you as soon as you can. I want you to have the opportunity to ask any questions and for us to be able to support you

Students can assess work via the platform Teams. A step by step guide is on the website.

All students will receive planned lessons via the class teachers using the platform Microsoft Teams- a help sheet on how to access/use Teams can be found on the schools website. The web link is http://www.oakfieldhull.co.uk/index.php/curriculum/platform-learning/

Staff continue to deliver laptops to families as quickly as is possible to ensure that all students have access to this learning platform. There are staff available to help you understand how to access the system and guide you through any difficulties you may have. Staff will also be available to help your child with any of the work that is set.

Can I remind you that if anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

Transport will be arranged for the children who are attending

Those students who are entitled to FSM will be provided with vouchers for the days the students are unable to attend the school site.

You will receive welfare calls each week to keep you updated and to answer any questions and /or address any issues you may have.

A Face covering must be worn by all staff and all students in public areas when in school.

 

I am monitoring the situation each day and I want you to know that as soon as the staffing levels are stable enough, we will be expecting the school to work towards full re-opening as quickly as possible.

Oakfield has always enjoyed whole school activities in our final week before the Christmas break. I am hoping, and we are planning, to be able to do some of our traditional Christmas activities with all staff and all students at the end of the term.

I want, again, to reassure you that Public Health are confident that the school is doing all it can to minimise the risk of infection of staff and students. However, we continue to monitor all our current procedures to ensure we are further minimising the likelihood of infection

Again, I want to thank you all for your support during this challenging time. Please keep safe.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Head Teacher

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Letter to parents 11th November

Oakfield School – Update                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         10th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Staffing levels continue to be an issue this week. However, we have enough staff available from Wednesday 11th November to re-open to our CLC students and year 8 cohort for the rest of the week. This is in addition to the LAC and residential students.

As you know the infection rate is increasing in the city and this will impact on school staffing levels over the next few weeks. I am in regular communication with the Local Authority, Public Health and other School Leaders as to how this can be managed in order to ensure all children have access to school whilst maintaining health and safety.

Students can assess work via the platform Teams. A step by step guide is on the website.

All students will receive planned lessons via the class teachers using the platform Microsoft Teams- a help sheet on how to access/use Teams can be found on the schools website. The web link is http://www.oakfieldhull.co.uk/index.php/curriculum/platform-learning/

Staff are delivering laptops to families as quickly as is possible to ensure that all students have access to this learning platform.

I want, again, to reassure you that Public Health are confident that the school is doing all it can to minimise the risk of infection of staff and students. However, we continue to monitor all our current procedures to ensure we are further minimising the likelihood of infection.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

Transport will be re-arranged for Wednesday 11th November 2020 for CLC and year 8 students.

Those students who are entitled to FSM will be provided with vouchers for the days the students are unable to attend the school site.

I will write again at the end of the week to inform you of the plans for next week.

Thank you all for your support during this challenging time. Please keep safe.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Rachel Davies

Head Teacher

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Letter to Parents 06/11/2020. COVID letter to parents 06.11.20

Oakfield School

Single Positive case – Advice to Parents 

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school community.

I know that you will find this worrying and I am continuing to monitor the situation. I am working closely with the people at Public Health and following their advice. This letter is to inform you of the current situation. The Public Health team reassure me that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The people who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases have been told by telephone from a member of staff and will be staying at home for 14 days.

The school will be remaining open. If you have not been contacted today by the school, then your child is not required to self-isolate.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know?

Thank you all for your support.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Headteacher

Oakfield infection management policy November 2020 version 3

Oakfield School – update 29/10/2020.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have spoken with Public Health.

Oakfield School will remain closed to staff and students. This is a precautionary measure and ensures that all staff and students have had to opportunity to self-isolate for 14 days.

We will fully re-open on Thursday 5th November 2020. This will include the CLC, Extended days and the Residential.

I am pleased to inform you that there has not been any further positive test results. The staff who have been affected are recovering and I wish them well.

Public Health are assured that the school is doing all it can to minimise the risk of infection of staff and students. However we are reviewing all our current procedures to ensure we are further minimising the likelihood of infection.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

Transport will be re-arranged for Thursday 5th November 2020

Those students who are entitled to FSM will be provided with vouchers for the four days the school has been closed to students due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

All students will receive planned lessons via the class teachers using the platform Microsoft Teams- a help sheet on how to access/use Teams can be found on the schools website. The web link is http://www.oakfieldhull.co.uk/index.php/curriculum/platform-learning/

Thank you all for your support during this challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies Headteacher

 

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

 

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Letter to Parents, Updated 24/10/2020.

Oakfield School

Outbreak Letter for School – Advice to Parents 

Dear Parents/Carers

Unfortunately more staff members have now tested positive for COVID 19.

I know that you will find this worrying and I am continuing to monitor the situation. I am working closely with the people at Public Health and following their advice. This letter is to inform you of the current situation. The Public Health team reassure me that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The people who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases have been told by telephone from a member of staff and will be staying at home for 14 days.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus can you please let us know? Jo, Jayne and Leanne are available on their work phones and they will be able to quickly get a message to me.

I am reviewing the situation with Public Health towards the end of half term. On their advice, I will be able to make a decision about the week after half term. I will let you know what is happening as soon as possible..

Our thoughts are with the staff who have been affected. I wish them a speedy recovery.

I have added some additional information at the end of the letter for you, but if you have any worries, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.

Thank you all for your support.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Davies

Headteacher

 

Additional information

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • 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

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

COVID19 RESPONSE PDF

Oakfield Student, Parent and Carer guide: response to COVID 19 symptoms

Covid 19 leaflet

Home School Agreement

TRACK TRACE

Letter to Parents/Carers regarding Covid-19 Pandemic

19th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

You will be aware from the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools are looking to reintegrate certain year groups back from 1st June 2020.

Oakfield has remained open for the key workers, more vulnerable, and regularly made telephone calls and doorstep visit to check on the welfare of all the children and their families. This will continue to take place.

Senior Leaders are planning to invite year 10 students into school for some ‘face to face time with the teaching staff towards the end of the summer term. This will not be taking place immediately after half term. Further details will be given after the half term when more detailed guidance has been provided by the Government.

We can ensure you that social distancing is being followed. A copy of the school Social Distancing Policy is on the website

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school

Kind Regards

Rachel Davies (Headteacher)

Oakfield Infection Management Policy May 2020

Appendix 1 June 2020

March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Oakfield School will be open on Monday morning, if you wish to take up the offer of your child to attend. As all schools are closed for the foreseeable future, Oakfield will be suspending all its usual procedures including reporting and monitoring student attendance.

You, as parents and carers are able to make the decision as to whether you send your child to school. If you are currently in self-isolation you cannot return until Easter.

If your child does not attend school you will have a pack of school work delivered and this will be replenished after the Easter Break.

You will also receive regularly telephone communication and a weekly ‘welfare’ check by a member of the school staff. The member of staff will be giving you a food voucher to the value of £15 to compensate for the food your child would have received if they were at the school. This is available to all Oakfield Students.

Those who attend will have meals provided during the day. The staff are planning organised activity sessions, with opportunity for some academic learning, including basic skills and intervention.

If you have any questions or want to speak to us, please contact the school and we will do all we can to advise and support you. I want to thank you all during this challenging time.

Keep safe and Best wishes

Rachel Davies (Head Teacher)

 

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Main messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Who this guidance is for

This advice is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

Things to help you prepare now

Make a plan for your household or family

The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include:

  • talk to your neighbours and family and exchange phone numbers of household contacts
  • consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable
  • create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111
  • set up online shopping accounts if possible

Will my household be tested if we think we have coronavirus symptoms?

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Why staying at home is very important

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (more information in the ending self-isolation section below). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.

If not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:

  • plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 or 14 days
  • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need to make your stay at home a success
  • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
  • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect
  • make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
  • think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • many people find it helpful to plan out the full 14 days, such as on a make-shift calendar. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in the household were to feel much worse, such as have difficulties breathing
  • when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home

While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things

Stay at home

You and all household members should remain at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.

If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you will need to ask friends or relatives. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.

If you are an employee and unable to work due to coronavirus, please refer to this guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions to find out about the support that is available to you.

If you are living with children

Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.

What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.

If you have a vulnerable person living with you

Minimise as much as possible the time any vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated.

Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from vulnerable people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If they can, they should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure they use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.

If you do share a toilet and bathroom with a vulnerable person, it is important that you clean them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first.

If you share a kitchen with a vulnerable person, avoid using it while they are present. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.

We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If you are breastfeeding while infected

There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The current evidence is that children with coronavirus get much less severe symptoms than adults. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact; however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.

If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.

You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

Cleaning and disposal of waste

When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Laundry

To minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.

Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All dirty laundry can be washed in the same load.

If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day (for individual isolation) or 14-day isolation period (for households) has ended when you can then take the laundry to a public launderette.

If you or your family need to seek medical advice

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness in any household members is worsening. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have coronavirus symptoms.

All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled whilst you and the family are staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Wash your hands often

Clean your hands frequently each day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of passing infection to others.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have one to hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.

If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water.

Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.

Facemasks

We do not recommend the use of facemasks as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. Facemasks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.

Do not have visitors in your home

Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as other friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.

If you or a family member receive essential care in your home, then carers should continue to visit. Carers will be provided with facemasks and gloves to reduce the risk of you passing on the infection.

If you have pets in the household

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.

Looking after your wellbeing while staying at home

We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.

It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.

Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.

Many people find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Hopefully, none of your family will suffer more than flu-like symptoms. But some people are badly affected by coronavirus, and particularly the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed.

Ending self-isolation and household-isolation

Self-isolation

If you have been symptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days. The 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill

Household isolation

If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.

After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice – that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.

Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to restart 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection.

At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation.

If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.