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Our 2021 Christmas show will be live-streamed this year on Friday the 17th of December (details to follow). We will not be hosting parents/carers within school due to rising Covid-19 infection rates nationally and locally.
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Important update for parents of children at Wells Park School

December 5th 2021

Please click HERE for the latest updates from The Government on the variant of concern Omicron. 

Please click HERE for the latest updates from  Essex County Council, on the variant of concern Omicron. 

Where a positive case of Covid-19 Omicron, is detected within school we will immedaitely follow all the necessary risk management measures as well as supporting the NHS with any  tracking and tracing required.

It is important to note that those identified as close contacts of an individual testing positive by PCR, with the variant Omicron, will once again be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status. 

I will make every effort to keep our school community healthy and well, and hope you wll understand that there may be some additional measures required to do this. One of these measures is to cancel our forthcoming Christmas Show, as the potential risk of having a large number of adults and children in one room, presents an unnecessary risk at the present time. We will, however, be live-streaming the event on the afternoon of Friday the 17th of December for you and your families to enjoy from the comfort of your homes. Details of the live-streaming event will be published to our website as well as in letters sent home. 

With the ever changing COVID situation and the emergence of the variant of concern, Omicron, we are continuing to follow government guidance and ensuring the safety of the children and staff here at Wells Park.  As per the government guidance the main symptoms of COVID remain:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

It is important that, as per our risk assessment, we inform you of the procedure to follow if your child does display any of the COVID symptoms.

If your child displays symptoms at home:

  • Inform the school and keep your child off (it is important that we know so that we can manage any potential outbreaks)
  • Arrange a PCR test
  • If the test is positive – inform the school and follow the medical guidance including a 10 day isolation at home.  If you have other children, they and you should also seek a PCR test and isolate as instructed by the NHS . Please contact the schools that your children attend.
  • If the test is negative – inform the school; your child can return to school once they feel well enough
  • Tell people your child has been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that they might have COVID-19.

If your child displays symptoms at school:

  • We will isolate the child with a member of staff
  • You will be called to collect your child immediately
  • Arrange a PCR test (we can support you with this process f needed)
  • If the test is positive – inform the school and follow the medical guidance including a 10 day isolation at home.  If you have other children, they and you should seek a PCR test.  Please contact schools that your children attend.
  • If the test is negative – inform the school, child can return to school once they feel well enough

If anyone in your home displays symptoms:

  • Arrange a test
  • Contact the school
  • Unvaccinated individuals should Isolate as a family for 10 days after the onset of symptoms  or until a negative PCR test result is confirmed. Contact the school.
  • If the result is positive, other household members/close contacts should seek a PCR test

If anyone in our school community displays symptoms

  • Children and staff who display symptoms will be sent home and asked to arrange a PCR test immediately.
  • If the test is negative, they may return to school

  • If the test is positive, parents and staff will be informed and those deeed to be close contacts will be invited to book a PCR test.  

It is essential that we have the correct contact information for you so that we can call you quickly when necessary. We also need to have another emergency contact in case you are unavailable.

For more details about how we are managing the spread of the virus at Wells Park, please see our risk assessment and oubreak management plan under the key infomration tab. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Where to find the latest information on Corona virus.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

The Department for Education have launched a new helpline for parents, young people and staff who have questions or concerns:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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