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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Information

In order to keep you fully informed about the very latest advice relating ot COVID-19, we have set up this page. New information and advice will be added here as soon as we are updated so please check the page regularly.

 

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Tamworth and the DELTA variant JULY 2021

I have updated our risk assessment in light of the Delta variant that seems to be sweeping through Tamworth.  Tamworth’s cases are now significantly about national and West Midlands averages of cases with over 500 per 100,000. The H&S Team seem to suggest that the Delta variant is highly transmissable through the air which is why schools seem so badly affected. They are also of age groups who are not eligible for vaccinations or may have only had first dose. It seems that vaccinated people are catching it with no symptoms or minor illness. Fortunately, the increase in cases has not resulted in increased hospital admissions or deaths.

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT - WEEKENDS

On weekends please use our emergency contact email to notify us of positive test results:

 

emergencycontact@thomasbarnes.staffs.sch.uk

 

Please leave a contact number and Mrs Gaffiney or Mrs Tibbitts will get back to you.

PLEASE NOTE: You ONLY need to contact school IF the symptoms started within 48 hours of the pupil/ staff member being in school or if your child showed no symptoms but received a positive test within 48 hours of them being in school.

Full details on letter below.

 

GOVERNMENT Guidance for School and Risk Assessments

STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE

The government are asking people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate for TEN days. ALL household members should isolate for 10 days.

Please DO NOT attend school if you or your child have any symptoms, however mild.

PLEASE REQUEST A TEST online or by calling 119 AND INFORM SCHOOL OF THE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY. This will allow us to react rapidly, where needed. Please use a test centre where results come back quicker.

 

For the lastest guidance visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Changes to testing in Staffordshire

17th November 2020

People displaying less common symptoms of Covid-19 in Staffordshire are now being asked to consider getting a Covid test as a precaution. Children can still attend school if they are well enough to do so. They must only self-isolate if the test comes back positive.

The symptoms listed are:

• Headaches • Aches and pains • Feeling very tired for no good reason • Sore throat • Runny nose • Sneezing • Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children

 

We have been informed that the national testing centres across the county have good availability, and can be booked through the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid19/testing-and-tracing/  People booking a test through this website need to check the ‘My council has asked me to get a test’ option. They also have community testing sites that change on a weekly basis. People can view if there are any sites set up near them by visiting the testing website: https://staffordshire.zipporah.co.uk/TrackAndTrace 
 

 

 

You are never alone: there is always someone who can help.

NSPCC ADVICE

 

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline has delivered 913 counselling sessions to children and young people who were concerned about the Coronavirus during the period 21 January-22 March 2020, of which 597 (65%) of the counselling sessions were with young people who had contacted Childline in the week starting 16 March 2020. The Childline website includes information for children and young people worried about Coronavirus.
Visit Childline: Coronavirus: information and advice

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