On Thursday 13 January 2022 the health secretary announced changes to isolation rules for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. In order that people who have had and recovered from the virus can get back to their normal lives as soon as possible, isolation time has been cut to 5 full days (from the date of their first positive test) for anyone who has recorded two consecutive daily negative lateral flow tests.
This will help to reduce the disruption the virus causes in schools for both pupils and staff.
But what will this mean in practice for children, families, schools and other education settings? Here we answer your questions.
My child has tested positive for COVID-19 – how long do they have to stay away from school/college for?
All people – including pupils parents and teachers – have to isolate for a minimum of five full days after the day of a positive test before then going back to school if they have tested negative twice.
The first full day of isolation is considered to be the day following the positive test. Following the fifth full day of isolation – on the sixth day – it will be possible for people who have received two negative LFD tests on consecutive days to go back to school.
People who have tested positive can now take two LFD tests on day 5 and day 6, and if both are negative and they do not have a temperature, they can end their self-isolation on day 6 and return to their education setting immediately.
If either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest
In practice it means that if a child or teacher tests positive on a Saturday, that would be considered day 0. They could then take tests on the morning of Thursday (day 5) and Friday (day 6). If they tested negative on both days and did not have a temperature they would be then able to return to school on the Friday.
What about if someone else in the house has tested positive? Can my child go to school/college?
Yes – and they should. They should continue going to school but test daily. If they test positive they should isolate.
What are the rules for teachers and school staff?
They’re exactly the same. If a teacher or member of school staff tests positive they should isolate for at least 5 full days. If they have 2 consecutive daily negative lateral flow tests at that point and no temperature they can and should return to work on day 6. If someone in a teacher’s household has tested positive the teacher should test daily and as long as they are negative they should continue to go to work. If they test positive they should isolate.
What are the rules for early years settings like nurseries and childminders?
They’re the same. If a child or a member of staff tests positive they should isolate for a minimum of 5 full days. If by that point they have recorded two consecutive daily negative lateral flow tests and no temperature they can return to their setting on day 6.
We are sure that you know that there has been another change to the time that your child needs to self-isolation following a positive PCR or LFT.
The isolation period in total is 10 days, but with the new changes, the time spent isolation may be reduced. All people – including pupils parents and teachers – have to isolate for a minimum of five full days after the day of a positive test before then going back to school if they have tested negative twice.
The day that the positive LFT is recorded is termed day 0. The day after the result is taken is Day 1. This is important so that the isolation periods are correct.
- Your child can use a LFT on day 5
- If this LFT test records a negative result, they continue to self-isolate but then take another LFT test on day 6 – this needs to be 24 hours after the test they took on day 5.
- If the day 6 LFT test is also negative, they can stop isolating if your child does not have a high temperature. If they do, they must continue to isolate.
Another example may be –
- Your child can use an LFT on day 5.
- If the LFT test records a positive result, they continue to isolate and take another LFT test on day 6 – this needs to be 24 hours after the test that was taken on day 5.
- If the day 6 LFT test records a negative result, they continue to isolate and take a further LFT test on day 7. Again this needs to be 24 hours after the test that was taken on day 5.
- If the day 7 LFT test records a negative result, they can stop isolating provided they do not have a high temperature.
Another example may also be –
- If your child continues to test positive after day 7, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on 24 hours apart or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
All results need to be reported to test and trace. Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
It is important that you child does not return to school too early as they could still be contagious to others.
The diagram below sets this guidance out and provides further explanation.
If someone in your household has tested positive or if they are identified as a close contact, your child can still continue to come to school but should LFT daily. If they test positive, please follow the steps above.
Thank you for all of your support – we know it is tough and we want you to know the support it is appreciated by all here at Newdale.
Newdale Primary School and Nursery
As much as I would like to retain all members of the fabulous Newdale team, unfortunately I cannot!
It is with huge sadness, but also huge congratulations, that I have to inform you that Mrs Bishton will be leaving us at Easter.
Mrs Bishton has been successful in gaining a really exciting promoted post and I know you will join me in wishing her the very best of luck.
Mrs Bishton joined Newdale in 2007 and has spent the last 8 in the position of Deputy Headteacher. She has made a very significant contribution to so many areas of our school development and her experience in education will be gratefully received across very many other schools in her new role.
We have already put plans in place to ensure continued stability when she leaves.
The following after school clubs are now live on Parentpay for this half term. All clubs start next week w/b 10th January unless stated.
Monday- KS1 Football
Year 3 Cartoon drawing club
Year 4 Dance club (starting on 17th January)
Tuesday- KS2 Football
Wednesday- Year 1 – 6 Basketball
Thursday- Year 1 – 6 Girls Football
Year 5 Drama club
Friday- Year 5 Dodgeball
Unfortunately we are having issues logging into our online banking. We have been told this should be resolved within ten working days. Online payments made into the ASC/Nursery account in December can not be accessed by us therefore we are unable to credit payments onto the January invoices. This months invoices will be printed in mid January.
If you would like to make a payment before you receive Januarys invoice you are welcome to ring the office where we will be able to tell you how much your child’s/children’s fees for this month will be.
Parents who pay by child care vouchers are not affected and will receive their invoice on time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Dear Parents & Carers,
Happy New Year! Let us hope that 2022 is a lot less stressful for everyone than 2021 seemed to be.
All staff are in school today completing a full day training programme on our new phonics scheme, Read Write Inc. After this, they will be completing final touches getting classes and lessons all ready to welcome back your children tomorrow. We are all looking forward to welcoming you all back!
As you will not have failed to realise, Covid continues to interfere with our ‘normal’ operations in school. It is important that we do all we can to keep COVID out of our school community and we ask for your support once again.
If your child is displaying of the main COVID symptoms (Loss of taste and / or smell, high temperature, persistent cough), they should isolate at home until a negative PCR test has been confirmed. We would encourage you to be alert to the precautionary symptoms identified by Telford and Wrekin council and consider getting them PCR tested to rule out a possible COVID infection. Many of our most recent cases have come from pupils where there were no symptoms or where the symptoms were precautionary. More information on these can be found via Do you have main COVID-19 symptoms or other symptoms? – Do you have main COVID-19 symptoms or other symptoms? – Telford & Wrekin Council
To book a PCR test for you or your child, please visit
If your child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID and they are aged between 5 and 18 years old, you are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) every day for 7 days. By doing this, they are able to attend school provided no symptoms appear or a positive LFT is recorded. We are allowed to use our reasonable judgement in allowing your child to return to school. You can order LFT tests online or by checking with a local chemist if they have stock.
To order LFT tests, please visit Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and to find where has LFT tests to collect, please visit Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)
One of our greatest fears is staff absence due to Covid infections. Our staff will continue to LFT test at least twice a week, observe social distancing and wear face masks in communal areas. We will continue to use the control measures set out in the January 2021 guidance –
- Ensuring good hygiene for everyone
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning routines
- Keeping classrooms and teaching spaces well ventilated
- Following all local and national guidance, including that provided by our local Health Hub.
One of the last actions we want to take is moving year groups to remote learning. Please rest assured this would be a last resort for us and if the case is that we need to move to remote learning, we have systems in place to allow this to happen with no interruption to learning.
We appreciate that there is a lot to take in and that guidance changes frequently. We will always put the safety, wellbeing and education of your children first and thank you for your continual support.
If you can get your children tested this evening or in the morning using a lateral flow test, that would really help us in keeping more control of the virus.
As a Governing Body, we would like to thank all of the parents that took the time to complete a survey this term. This year we had 231 surveys completed and returned to school and nursery. Every survey completed has been read and analysed by our senior management team who then created the following report, outlining the main findings and actions. Findings from the surveys, including comments made by parents, have been shared with all teachers and we then came up with the actions to be addressed over the year.
- How happy are you that we are a welcoming and supportive team?
231 people responded (96% graded as good or better)
Very happy, my son is new to Newdale school and I have been happy with how welcoming and supportive his teachers have been.
I would feel comfortable in approaching any team member with any comments or concerns.
My daughter loves seeing Miss Cook especially when she says good morning to her.
The teachers always go out of their way to help with any issues we may have.
Occasionally when collecting from after school club I have been questioned why I have rung and not used the barrier buzzer. Felt a little confrontational.
We were very pleased to read so many positive comments about the Newdale team. We will continue to have staff on duty at the beginning and end of each day. The procedure for picking up children from After School Club is as follows. If you pick up before 4.30pm please press the barrier buzzer and inform the office staff you have arrived. Or if you are walking on-site then call the office on 01952 387720 before 4.30pm. We can then get your child ready to meet you at the office door for a quick pick up. If you pick up after 4.30pm please come to the doors at the back of the hall. Do not press the barrier buzzer or phone the school in advance. It is important that you follow this system as our office is unmanned after 4.30pm.
- How happy are you that your child is safe at school?
230 people responded (97% graded as good or better)
Very, the school are excellent with safeguarding both in school and at home.
Yes and one of the most important things as a parent is knowing your child is safe at an environment their parents are not at.
Newdale’s safe environment promotes social and creative learning. Kids can explore, learn and grow.
I do feel of a morning that the year 1 steps should have a member of staff there as sometimes my daughter has run back out of class.
I wish that the year 1 classrooms weren’t up steps as they are quite young to have to navigate up and down on their own with all of their stuff.
100% confident that he is in the very best hands.
It is obvious that Newdale have a lot of things put in place to ensure my child is safe; from passwords, to external gates as well as additional members of staff in class to allow the children to be let out and met with the correct adult.
The safety of your children is of great importance for us all at Newdale and it is great to know that you recognise the procedures we have in place to ensure everyone is safe. We will ensure there is a member of staff present each morning at the Year 1 steps to ensure they are coming into school safely.
- How happy is your child to come to school each day? e.g are they excited, motivated and challenged by their teacher?
231 people responded (92% graded as good or better)
He can’t wait to get in and is always bursting to tell me about all the fun things he has been learning about.
My daughter is so excited to come to school and see her teachers, even those who don’t work in her classroom. She will come home each day and talk about the exciting things she has done.
My son loves nursery and is always excited to attend. He is already being challenged with his reading which I am very happy with.
Teachers will continue to plan exciting and interesting lessons to make school engaging and enjoyable for everyone. Please can we ask that parents support us by talking positively about school, to encourage all pupils to be as excited as we are about the learning that is going on every day.
- Is your child happy with the PE sessions they receive in school?
226 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
She loves PE. There is a wide variety of skills and sports and she is proud to represent Newdale in football.
PE teachers are friendly and have a good relationship with students
The children are very lucky to be given so much variation and staff are very enthusiastic.
My son always looks forward to his swimming sessions. Wish it could be for more than just 5 weeks.
My daughter enjoys sharing the new skills she has been taught in PE, showing the correct techniques and using the correct vocabulary.
The PE lessons the children receive at Newdale are of a high standard. We know this as PE teaching is regularly monitored to ensure it is taught at an accurate level, in line with the National Curriculum. We are so pleased to read that children at Newdale enjoy PE sessions and are able to share new skills and techniques with you at home. We are very lucky to offer our children swimming lessons when they are in KS2. Due to pool availability, we are unable to extend the amount of swimming sessions each class receives every academic year. We rely on parents supporting our swimming offer by taking children as regularly as they can themselves.
- Are you happy with your child’s progress in school?
229 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
Very pleased, she continues to thrive both academically and as a person. She is always pushed to do her best.
Absolutely – he is supported with his development across all areas of the curriculum as well as his social and emotional development.
My son is a bit behind, but I know with the support at home and school he will be where he needs to be soon.
He is improving so much in his writing, spelling and his speech. I can’t wait for more!
Teachers work very hard with keeping parents as up to date as possible with regards to progress. Each half term every year group shares with parents a curriculum overview which shows what your child will be taught for that half term. These are shared on our website and in the home communication books. This is the best place for parents to refer to so you can talk to your child about their learning at home. Class Teachers also send home half termly updates and Early Years Staff share progress electronically via ‘Evidence Me’ app. We also share your child’s progress and next steps every 6 weeks through parents evenings, half termly reports in the communication books and end of year reports.
- If you have a child with special educational needs, how happy are you with the support they receive?
47 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
My daughter’s medical need has been taken seriously and is fully supported.
Yes happy. Previous issues with hearing are still being considered.
The additional lessons and smaller teaching groups are really helping.
My son has been referred and it is lovely knowing additional support is there.
We have an agreed plan in place which is being followed well.
Teachers meet with our Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) co-ordinator every term to discuss the progress and learning needs of every child in their class. If we decide your child needs to be assessed or added to the SEND register, then parents are informed. Parents are welcome to discuss any support their child is receiving with the class teachers during parents evening or with the SENDCO during the termly SEND drop in sessions. Alternatively, the SENDCO (Mrs Poole) also now has an individual email address and emails can be sent to NewdaleSENDCO@taw.org.uk if you wish to request a meeting or have any queries.
- Are you happy with school/home communication?
231 people responded (91% graded as good or better)
Communication is great, I enjoy reading feedback from his teacher and teaching assistant about work he has completed.
Emails are received a day late sometimes leading to missed information.
Some schools work with things like Class Dojo which allow parents to see how children are doing each day – day to day feedback on individual children is rare at Newdale. It tends to be if nothing is said then all must be good.
It would be beneficial for class homework and spellings to be on the website weekly so that when children are absent they can catch up.
Would be nice to see pictures on the website of what the kids do on a regular basis.
The main downfall of telephone parents’ consultations is you don’t get to see your child’s work.
The home communication book is good but an app would be better as my son often forgets his book!
Generally yes but sometimes it is hard to keep track of school website updates. Perhaps class WhatsApp groups might help.
This year so far there have been less notices about school events on the website and in the calendar.
Some bits of information are communicated via the home book while others are put on the website – it makes it harder to keep track!
We miss being able to see his work!
We love the photos on evidence me app but doesn’t seem to update regularly and we’re waiting 3-4 weeks at a time.
It is great to hear how successful the home/school communication books are, and we will continue to use these throughout nursery and school. Teachers regularly use the school website to communicate about events coming up and to share photos of the children learning. To receive email notifications for your child’s year group, please sign up to the newsletter on the website and select the year groups your children are in. It is also important to ensure the office have an up-to-date mobile number so you are able to receive text messages from school. We are currently investigating other apps, such as Edu Spot, to see whether this is something Newdale could introduce in the future. Please be aware that the ‘Evidence Me’ app is only used in Nursery and Reception.
- Do you feel there is a good range of subjects available in school?
226 people responded (96% graded as good or better)
Yes and we like that they tie in with what is current in the world.
Lots of cross curricular links that make the children’s learning more relevant.
I love the fact that they do French in KS2!
Lots covered which is much appreciated as there is so much to fit in. But it is so important that it is not always just Literacy and Maths as children excel at different things/enjoy a range of subjects.
Yes, I feel money could be taught as when you’re an adult sometimes money management can be difficult at times.
Yes, I have read the range of subjects covered each half term and I feel there is a good mix/variety that teach the children things in day-to-day life.
The school ensures all subjects in the National Curriculum are covered to a high standard so that deeper and more purposeful learning takes place.
We have done a lot of work on updating our curriculum recently, in line with Government changes, and we believe that children at Newdale receive a broad and balanced curriculum offer. We agree that it is important that children are given the opportunity to excel in a range of subjects. Money is taught as part of our Life Learning lessons.
- How do you feel about how we promote good behaviour in school?
228 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
My daughter is always proud when she is recognised for good behaviour. It’s great to hear as it gives incentive and confidence.
My child understands why good behaviour is important.
We all hear about the SMART code at home.
Even at 4 years old, my daughter can clearly communicate some of the behaviour management strategies Newdale has in place.
I do think it would be nice if the house points were rewarded in a different way. A non-uniform day isn’t as exciting as it used to be.
We feel there is always staff around the school who will remind pupil’s of how to behave (if needed). The discussions in class also promote good behaviour in school.
It is lovely to read how effective the SMART code is and how the children are using these key principles outside of school as well. When a child starts at our school a behaviour code of conduct letter is sent out to new parents so they can understand the behaviour systems we have in place at school. Please be reassured that if your child’s behaviour is a concern that day, then the class teacher will speak about this to the adult who picks the child up. Your child’s teacher will always be happy to discuss any concerns regarding behaviour at school if you speak to them at the door or through the communication book. We will consider a new reward for the half termly house point winners – watch this space!
- ‘We say NO to bullying.’ How happy are you that this statement reflects our school?
227 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
My son has had very bad experiences with specific children bullying him but we are glad that the school has always handled it and took proper actions.
I feel school pastoral have been very efficient in dealing with such issues and diffusing them.
Any concerns have been dealt with quickly. Felt I was listened to and that the outcome was positive.
Pastoral have been amazing at dealing with a bullying incident. It was sorted immediately with no repercussions.
We are delighted with the outcome of this question! We will continue to work hard on educating children about what bullying is and what
to do if they witness or become a victim of bullying, including online bullying. We have a zero-tolerance attitude towards this and take any hint of bullying very seriously.
- How happy are you with our additional learning experiences, such as trips, visitors and themed days?
227 people responded (91% graded as good or better)
Lots of different trips/themed days – always something going on.
Very happy, it makes learning fun and different which helps memories to be formed and learning to be stored for later.
Since attending Newdale, my son has had some great experiences whereas at his old school this would not be something that was regular.
It would be lovely if they could catch up with missed events/trips.
Children enjoy learning through experiences and remember more. They talk about these in more depth which is just wonderful.
Really happy, my son is still talking about the gurdwara visit.
Great – this is one of the main reasons we chose Newdale – learning outside the classroom.
At Newdale we know the importance of making learning fun, engaging and memorable. We are pleased to read that the themed days and trips are well received by the children and that it helps them to retain facts. Due to COVID, some school trips can still not go ahead this term however staff are trying to get visitors into school and continue themed days where possible. It would be fantastic if we could catch up with all of the trips the children have missed over the last two academic years, due to COVID. However, this would prove very difficult and it is important for trips to link to the child’s current learning.
- Are you happy that we are promoting healthy eating and lifestyles?
227 people responded (92% graded as good or better)
I’m happy that at snack time children are only allowed to take fruit out for snack, this does not happen at all schools.
My child has a brilliant understanding of these and continues to think about it at home too.
Is ‘homemade bread’ actually served?
We are very happy about promoting healthy eating but you serve them processed food, e.g. sausages, burgers, nuggets or they get pizza. I would not say these are healthy eating. Having processed foods all the time sets them up for junk eating when they are older. Soup might be a good option in the cold weather.
Some of the school meals are odd, e.g. macaroni cheese with rice.
Lunchtime supervisors have said to my daughter “Leave what you don’t want”, sometimes resulting in very little being eaten.
After school snacks and breakfast club and desserts everyday could be better – too many sugary options. Themed days in school could include less sweets and sugar.
More education on what a healthy lunchbox looks like for parents and children.
Our catering team have to abide by the Telford and Wrekin guidelines when designing the school menu to ensure that each meal is healthy and nutritious. We have recently introduced some extra staff, the lunchtime mentors, in the dinner hall at lunchtimes to help the children when eating and to encourage them to try new foods. Our after school club snack offer had to change due to COVID however we will be reviewing this offer again in the new year and will consider some healthier options. We are pleased to announce that the Eatwell Project has been booked in for Spring term. This provides children with the opportunity to work with a professional cook and learn cooking techniques. Each child will have the chance to cook a healthy dish, which can then be made again at home with the recipe provided. Alongside this, every year group completes one ‘Cooking and Nutrition’ topic as part of our Design and Technology provision, and teachers work really hard to plan exciting and engaging cross-curricular activities, including tasting and cooking, throughout the year. Please see our website for ideas on what should be included in a healthy lunchbox.
- What do you feel about the events we organise in school? E.g. Sports Day, Winter Wonderland etc…..?
220 people responded (91% graded as good or better)
Love them! I love being a part of the learning and the children remember it forever.
Sports day is great but would like to see it last longer and maybe new races alongside traditional ones.
Love these and would love to come in at any opportunity for family lunches etc.
We are excited to be reintroducing family events, such as family sharing lunches and Winter Wonderland, after a long break due to COVID. We understand that parents are keen to get into school to see children’s work and for some new parents to see inside our school. We can assure you that as soon as it is safe to do so, these events will go ahead.
- We post regular E-safety top tips on the school website. How happy are you that these support you and your children with online safety at home?
227 people responded (94% graded as good or better)
Happy, sometimes new games that we haven’t heard of before are on these posts and it helps us to keep an eye out for them.
Very happy. The information is very useful as this is so important.
Great advice shared – always relevant to current issues.
Very helpful. They highlight things I have never thought of myself.
Didn’t even know these were on the website!
They always give accurate, up-to-date guidance which is always welcome to ensure my children are safe online.
We are pleased that you find the e-safety top tips useful and we will continue with these in the future. To receive regular email updates, please sign up to our school website newsletter. With technology changing all of the time, it is vitally important that you monitor what your child is accessing at home and on their mobile phone. We are here to support you with any issues your child is having online and if more advice is needed please speak to a class teacher or our pastoral team.
- 2021 has seen ongoing upheaval due to COVID-19. We work tirelessly to ensure we keep everyone safe and understand that communication is key. Please share with us any comments you have about how your child has started their year.
The staff should be commended for how hard they work to reassure and support little minds in such an unsettled time.
My daughter has come on so much being back at school and in a routine.
Would love an email about who are his teachers in nursery. We have not been able to visit and meet everyone yet.
I am very pleased with how my son has settled into nursery, particularly as he has not been away from myself before. I feel this is down to the fantastic, caring staff. Thank you!
We are pleased and proud to read that so many children have settled well into their new classes so well this academic year, especially the little ones who are new to school and/or nursery.
Any further comments
Thank you for a lovely start to the year. School life is a massive chunk of their time so more than anything I value their happiness. My son is very happy so I am very appreciative! I know he is in a great school with great staff.
Road safety needs to be addressed with children and parents as people are crossing after the beeping and when the traffic lights have turned green.
We would love more after school opportunities like ‘Mad Science Club’, my son loves STEM subjects and so we would like to see this come back please.
Extra-curricular clubs such as computer club and ukulele club have gone down a treat. Our son is also looking forward to cartoon drawing club. It is wonderful to see more unusual subjects offered and a bonus that they are free.
School seems to be very manual. It could do with a bit of automation in terms of Zoom for parents evenings or using SeeSaw systems for rewarding good behaviour.
Disappointed that no face to face parents evening was offered.
It would be great to have the opportunity to actually see the school and the environment. We understand this is due to COVID but hopefully this will happen soon.
Thank you for letting us know about the road safety, we will address this in assemblies with the children. As parents, we ask you to model to the children how to behave around roads and when using crossings. We are pleased that the new club offers have been gratefully received. Teachers have many other clubs to offer this academic year so keep your eyes peeled for more information about these. We are hoping to offer face-to-face parents evening appointments in Spring term and also other opportunities for you to see your child’s work, for example family sharing lunches. These events will resume as soon as it is deemed as safe to do so.
And to end…
A wonderful school, never had any issues, the children are really at the heart of everything you do.
I fully support Newdale. Great school with brilliant leadership and very supportive staff. My son thrives at school and is both challenged and motivated to achieve his full potential.
We really do read every single word that you write in this annual survey and where possible take whatever necessary actions are needed to make our school even better.
Many thanks for the time you took to fill a survey in.
Miss Cook and School Governors
The Pantomime was a real hit with our children and one we hope they will remember forever! It was such a lovely way to end the term and build the children up to their Christmas break. Mr and Mrs Claus came to school last week and you will be pleased to know, were super impressed with our children and are pretty sure that not a single child from this school is on the naughty list!
The Newdale team tried so hard to offer you all a time to come and share a snippet of Christmas in Nursery/School with the Winter Wonderland experience. They had to think on their feet as the weather continued to hit us with rain and wind! I do hope you enjoyed what we had on offer and we firmly hope to dust off the shepherd outfits and the crib for next year!
We are delighted in how Covid stable it has been in Newdale compared to many schools across Telford. We have had cases of Covid, but thankfully we have not had outbreaks that have caused too much disruption to our children’s learning. We ask that you are as careful as you can be over the Christmas holiday as the Government is warning that the peak for this new variant will likely be in January. We want to continue our face-to-face offer throughout the spring, and this will mean we have to work together again following the guidance and remaining vigilant.
If at all possible, it would be great if everyone could carry out a Lateral Flow test the evening before returning to school on the 5th January. We cannot insist on this, but it would really help us to keep on top of our infection rates. Many children who are testing positive, are asymptomatic (meaning they are not displaying any symptoms), which of course is very tricky to spot and can cause a huge impact in school. You can pick up lateral flow tests via this link Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or at your local pharmacy (though there may be little in supply at the moment).
All staff will carry out testing over the Christmas holiday and will carry out a test before they come back into work. If you have a child in school test positive up to and including Friday 17th December, then please do email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org as we will need to ensure that we double check close contacts.
The teams at Newdale wish you a very happy Christmas and happy healthy Covid free new year.
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