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Posted on: 3rd Dec 2021

Covid-19 Home LFD Testing

In line with government guidance, all our school staff and students are being asked to test at home twice per week.  Testing is voluntary.  We suggest a test is completed on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  We have distributed to all students a 7-kits pack which should provide enough tests to last until the end of term.  Test kits are for the use of the student attending The Blue.  If a student runs out of kits before the next distribution they should go to Main Reception to collect another pack. More information on the Covid-19 LFD Home Testing Programme including a link to an instructional video can be found via the Key Information - Health and safety + Covid-19 page of this website. Please don't forget to report your result at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Students will have the opportunity to book an on-site LFD test on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at school.   The next distribution of home test kits will take place in the New Year, after students return on Wednesday 5th January 2022.     
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Posted on: 3rd Dec 2021

Err on the side of caution. Covid-19 Should I send my child to s...

Please "err on the side of caution" in deciding to send your child into school if they are feeling unwell. Our experience of positive cases suggests that Covid-19 can often present with general cold like symptoms in children, including runny nose and sore throat. This in addition to one of the three recognised Covid-19 symptoms: a high temperature a new, continuous (persistent) cough a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste At The Blue, we want to do all we can to protect our school community and maintain school for all.  If your child's LFD test result shows as positive, they should not come into school.  Please  inform Jo Stitch, Headteacher’s PA, at jstitch@educ.somerset.gov.uk so as we can manage cases in the school.  Also, please book a confirmatory PCR test for your child as soon as possible.   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ Please inform jstitch@educ.somerset.gov.uk if the result of the confirmatory PCR test is positive.  Your child will need to self-isolate for as long as instructed by NHS Test and Trace. If the PCR test is negative and your child is well they can return to school.  However, we do ask you to be cautious, particularly if your child has not recovered enough from their symptoms. All close contacts of a confirmed case should book a PCR test and undertake daily LFD testing whilst they await their PCR results.  Close contacts eg: siblings, can continue to attend school unless their LFD test shows as positive.   Our experience to date is that it is difficult to contain the spread of the virus once it has entered the household.  That experience also suggests that it can take some days before the tests show that the infection has been passed on to another household individual. Therefore, if Covid-19 is present in your household, please undertake the daily LFD testing and be attentive to the onset of symptoms in any individual before attending school.
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