St Julians School

Covid-19

As Welsh Government relaxes many of the controls that were necessary to combat the Coronavirus pandemic we will continue to follow the basic system of controls for infection control, established by Public Health Wales. These controls will minimise risks of the virus spreading and mirror those in the wider population.

They include:

  • a requirement that people stay at home and self-isolate if they:
    • have symptoms of COVID-19, whether they feel unwell or not
    • have tested positive, even if asymptomatic
    • have been advised by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect to do so
  • good hand and respiratory hygiene in learners and staff members
  • appropriate ventilation measures on school premises and regular cleaning
  • actively working with Track Trace Protect

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

Schools across Newport are encouraging pupils to get involved with this twice weekly procedure to help support reducing the spread of this virus within our communities. If you would like your child to take part, please complete the consent form here

All students are able to take lateral flow tests twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. 

The LFTs supplied do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in around 30 minutes. Comprehensive guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet which comes with the test kit.  There are further resources and guides on the Welsh Government Online site. 
Once the test has been conducted you or your child will log the test result online at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Anyone who tests positive using a LFD test:

  • must not attend school and report the test online.
  • must then book a follow up PCR test through the online booking portal.
  • must notify the school of the result
  • will be contacted by the local contact tracing team
  • must follow the advice given by the local contact tracing team
  • A negative test result does not remove the risk of transmission

Kits are available for pupils to collect from the Student Support Centre during break and lunchtime, with further kits being distributed every three weeks.

Please feel free to contact the school if you require any further information about this process.

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Track, Trace and Protect (TTP) Team will continue to inform us of a positive covid 19 case within our school.

There are some significant changes to how this will be dealt with, these are laid out below, this eliminates the need for the whole year group to isolate.

Track and Trace (TTP)

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) team will contact you using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. You will be asked to identify recent close contacts of your child and for contact details, if you know them, of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.

  • Close contacts will be identified by TTP and the we will support them in this process;

  • Only close contacts identified will receive a ‘warn and inform’ letter. This letter will outline that if you or a student is well and has none of the three cardinal symptoms of Covid-19 (a new persistent cough, fever and/or loss of taste and smell) then they can still attend work/school.

  • All identified close contacts, for additional peace of mind will be recommended by TTP that they book a PCR test for yourself or student  on receipt of the ‘warn and inform’ letter and then after another 6 days.

We are asking that all correspondence regarding a positive LFD/PCR test result is shared to covid19@stjuliansschool.co.uk or for a POSITIVE test result during the school day, please contact us via: Tel: 01633 224490 - Option 0

What if my child has Covid/ Isolating?

If your child has to isolate for a period of time, if they are well enough to, home learning will be available to access through Google Classroom following their normal school timetable.

At some point during your child's isolation, the Attendance Officer or Progress Leader will call to check how your child is and offer support.

Mr R Owen, Operations Manager and Mrs V Williams, Business Manager are the senior contacts in school leading on Covid-19.

Thank you for your continued support and keeping our community safe.