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Mayhill Junior School


Junior School


Covid & Remote Learning

Update 03.01.22

Thank you to those of you who responded to my last email with an update about your child and whether they are isolating. No sooner had I sent the email, the government released an update for schools and so with this in mind, I am writing to you all with a full update.

End of last term

At the end of last term, like many schools, we witnessed a surge in cases. In total, sixteen children informed us that they had Covid during the holidays; this includes children from all year groups. We currently anticipate about five children missing the start of term whilst they isolate. Thankfully, as far as we are aware everyone has recovered well and the children are looking forward to getting out of the house and meeting up with the friends once again.

However, amongst the increase in Covid, there was also a rise in other winter infections, such as chesty coughs and colds. Thank you parents for showing caution, for testing your children when you are unsure and for only sending them in when they are not displaying any Covid-like symptoms. This helps not only minimise the spread between children, but helps keep our teachers available to teach your child.

The full return of all pupils

Looking ahead, today I have spoken with school staff and liaised with Public Health England to agree the next steps. With the exception of one member of staff, we are hoping for a full return of all staff on Wednesday and have decided to put the following measures in place until such time we are confident there will not be another surge in cases:

  • Year groups will social distance whilst inside the building, but are allowed to mix within a year group and all children can mix whilst outside. 
  • Teachers will be putting in place enhanced cleaning measures such as spraying down tables and cleaning common touchpoints in the middle of the day.
  • Separate assemblies
  • Request for all parent helpers to complete a lateral flow test on the day they come in to help. These are available from the school office.

Since the beginning of term, the following measures have always been in place:

  • Increased ventilation in their rooms by opening windows and doors - especially at break and lunch.
  • Twice weekly LFD tests for all staff.
  • Enhanced cleaning of common touch points by the office.
  • All children and staff required to wash hands before/after transition times - staff to oversee this is completed thoroughly
  • Split entrances and exits for LS/Y5/Y6

Changes to the isolation period

I am sure you will have heard over the holidays that the isolation period has now changed. If you’ve tested positive or have symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 7 days instead of 10 days if you get 2 negative lateral flow test results on day 6 and 7. Of course, whether your child feels well enough after 7 days seems very much dependent on the individual. 

Remote Learning

If your child requires remote learning at any point you can access work for the first two school days from our website. Thereafter, please contact the school to let us know if they are well enough to work and if they are, their class teacher will set work via Seesaw.

And finally, an important reminder:

If your child has any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, even if they’re mild:

    1. Get a PCR test (not a lateral flow test) to check if they have Covid-19 as soon as possible.
    2. Your child should stay at home and self-isolate until you get the test result.

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