As we return to school, there are some new arrangements in place when someone tests positive for COVID-19. These changes have been made possible by the vaccination programme and the significant reduction in numbers being hospitalised and suffering severe illness due to COVID-19 over recent months.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details - if you know them - of the individual(s) or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a rapid lateral flow LFD test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details that are provided when the results are logged on www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. TTP will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details - if you know them - of the individual(s) or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.
It is crucial that any person undertaking LFD testing, either regularly or on a one-off basis, records each and every LFD result, whether positive, negative or void, in order to allow TTP to undertake contact tracing.
Anybody of any age is able to undertake LFD testing on a regular basis, and we would encourage you to do so. It is recommended to take a test twice a week. Kits are freely available from pharmacies and libraries across Powys, or via an online order delivered direct to your home. Please see the Powys Teaching Health Board website for details on where to collect kits or how to order online pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing/no-symptoms/
Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts. But they will be contacted to let them know that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. They will also be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread. If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.
If a child tests positive, TTP will also need to contact the school to help identify who are contacts. The aim is to keep the number of close contacts amongst their classmates to a minimum. But if there is a pattern of cases TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.
We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
Anyone with symptoms - a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste - should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at www.gov.wales/self-isolation.
What is coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
What we are currently doing?
To help stop the spread of germs and bugs you may have noticed we have introduced more frequent hand washing in school. In addition we have tissues and hand sanitiser in each classroom and we have ordered hands free sanitiser spensors for school.
Preventing spread of infection
washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if hand washing facilities are not available.
covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with un washed hands.
pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
on arrival at school
after using the toilet
after breaks and sporting activities
before eating any food, including snacks
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Welcome to Berriew School
A message from Mr Clarke
Welcome to the website of Berriew CP School. We hope that you find the information useful and that you will make our school your first choice for the learning journey of your child.
We are proud of our friendly and inclusive school that expects children to work hard and to "Reach for the stars" in everything they do. We believe it is a school which is committed to providing a stimulating, creative environment so that all our children enjoy learning, make outstanding progress and reach their potential.
By offering a rich, diverse and creative curriculum, we are constantly striving to provide high quality learning opportunities which engage, challenge and inspire all our pupils.
We believe that children learn best when parents take an active part in their learning. We see parents as partners in the education of their children and greatly value their contribution to school life.
Our school is a joyful, vibrant place which buzzes with enthusiasm for learning.
I look forward to welcoming you into our school community.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.