Thank you for all your support in helping us to maintain as safe an environment as possible for the school community with regards to COVID-19.  We are very grateful to all of our parents who are dispersing quickly at the beginning and end of the school day and to those who are able to wear face coverings when inside the building.  

We are mindful that there are some schools in Richmond Borough reporting a number of COVID-19 cases and so we are asking parents to follow the guidance below:

If your child is unwell please keep them at home. 

If a member of your household has any of the main COVID-19 symptoms they must not come on to the school site.  You can refer to the symptom list here: Main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

If a child develops COVID-19 symptoms during the school day they will be isolated within school and parents will be asked to collect them and take them home as soon as possible.

If a member of your household either develops COVID-19 symptoms or returns a positive Lateral Flow Test, they must undertake a PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of a positive LFT.  If any individual takes a PCR test they must self-isolate while they wait for the result.   If the result of a PCR test is positive, the individual concerned is required to self-isolate for 10 days.  Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) . 

If an individual is required to self-isolate they must stay as far away from other members of their household as possible. Wherever possible, they should avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take their meals back to their room to eat. Individuals who are COVID positive should wear a face covering or a surgical mask when spending time in shared areas inside your home. Any member of your household who is required to isolate should not be on school premises at any time, including drop off and pick up times.

If any member of your household returns a positive PCR test the remaining members of the household should also take a PCR test if they have symptoms and self-isolate while they wait for the result.

The current guidance is that individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated (+ two weeks);
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months;
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial;
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Children are allowed back into school if they have no symptoms or a negative PCR test, even as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  However, in order to protect the rest of the school community, we ask that any child attending school undertakes a daily Lateral Flow Test for the period that the member of their household is required to isolate.

If you are notified by the school that a member of your child’s class has a positive PCR test, we ask the remaining members of the class to undertake daily Lateral Flow Tests.

If you are phoning the school to report a positive case of COVID 19 in relation to one of your children please have the following information to hand:

  • Child’s Name and Class;
  • Date symptoms started;
  • Date of Test (noting whether it was a LFT or PCR test).  Please email NHS test confirmations to info@smsp.richmond.sch.uk
  • Any information about the COVID-19 status of other family members which are relevant to the school;
  • Whether your child is well enough to access remote learning.

The threshold for the school to have to contact Public Health if we have a number of Covid cases is one of the following:

  • 5 children/pupils or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or 
  • 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period.

Your help and support in helping us minimise the number of positive cases will be in everyone’s interest if we can avoid reverting back to full-class or year group bubble measures. If you have any questions or are unsure about the content of this letter, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Thank you for your co-operation in helping us all to stay safe and healthy.