General Nursery News

Woodlands, Wetlands and Meadow Class
11th October 2019
Latest Covid-19 Information March 2022

Children and young people who test positive are advised not to attend their education setting while they are likely to be infectious. Instead, they are advised to continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative LFD test results on consecutive days from day 5 onwards, at which point they can return to their education setting, as long as they do not have a temperature. · Children and young people who are a household contact of someone who has tested positive can continue to attend the setting as normal as long as they are well and do not have a temperature.

Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.

Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.

Please find below the latest Covid-19 measures in school from Sunderland City Council.
At the current time recorded cases of Covid-19 in Sunderland continue to be high and are increasing. Latest data shows that there were 2,124 cases in most recent 14-day period, 37% of which have been in people aged between 5 and 19 years. The increase in the rate of cases in this age group has been followed by an increase in older age groups, which is also concerning.
Since the start of the new academic year the rate of cases in the school aged population has risen to very high levels and although latest data suggests this may be stabilising it is doing so at these high levels of infection.
Please continue with the following measures:
-Reinforce the importance of twice weekly LFD testing for all staff – regular testing will help to reduce transmission by identifying those who are infectious but do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
-Reinforce that any staff or pupils with symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, should stay at home and take a PCR test.
-Anyone who is unwell should stay at home, as advised in the winter plan.
-Continue with regular cleaning measures, including enhanced cleaning in an outbreak situation with particular attention to high contact areas such as door handles, light switches, toilet flushes and taps and communal handrails.
-Good hand hygiene – washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
-Good respiratory hygiene – people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues immediately and clean hands.
-Ensure windows are open in the classroom to facilitate good ventilation, as much as is practicable and particularly in areas that have been shown to have poor air quality(if your school has access to CO2 monitors)
-Recommending the use of face coverings on dedicated school transport.