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Sheffield Public Health Letter to Parents & Carers

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Covid safety advice for parents

Greg Fell, Sheffield's Director of Public Health, has urged parents and their children to keep following Covid guidance. 

Following the return to school, we have received reports of:

  • children having sleepovers and playdates at friends' houses
  • children with symptoms not getting tests and being sent to school
  • a lack of social distancing

This could cause an increase in cases and stop our roadmap out of lockdown.

Please click below to watch the full video from Greg.

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Staying safe outside school

School bubbles are only safe in school because of all the other protective measures in place like ventilation, extra cleaning, face coverings, etc. It is unlikely that the same level of protection is taken elsewhere, and therefore children should not mix with their school bubble outside of school.

One in three people don't have symptoms and can spread Coronavirus without realising. And most cases (70%) are caught in the home as the virus spreads much more easily indoors when people are in close contact for longer.

We know most people are being responsible - thank you for everything you're doing to keep yourself and others safe. For anyone else who needs a reminder of what you are and are not currently allowed to do, please click the link below.

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The difference between Covid tests

There is some confusion between the two types of Covid test available.

The rapid LFD tests you can do at home do not replace PCR tests given at Covid test sites.

Please do not use LFD tests if you or anyone in your family have any Covid symptoms, even if they're not very bad. The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a cough that won't stop
  • a change or loss in taste/smell

These symptoms should not be ignored under any circumstances, even if you get a negative LFD test at home. You must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

For more information on Covid testing please click the button below.

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The following Testing information may also be helpful for you to be aware of and to share if appropriate:

 

Rapid tests now available to collect from EISS

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble, or support bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school, nursery or college, you should take two rapid (LFD) tests a week. This helps to stop the spread because if you know you have Coronavirus, you can self-isolate and avoid infecting others.

Tests can be accessed in several ways:

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local test site – find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site at NHS: Covid Test Finder
  • (NEW) by collecting a home test kit from the asymptomatic test site at the English Institute of Sport (EISS), Coleridge Road, Sheffield S9 5DA. From 24th March this will be open 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – find your nearest home test kit collection point at NHS: Rapid Test Collection Covid Test Finder
  • by ordering a home test kit online – this service is only for people who cannot get a test through the methods above. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits online at GOV.UK: Schools testing

 

 

International Sleep Day

Today, Friday 19th March 2021 is International Sleep Day.

Good sleep is important for your child's physical and mental wellbeing. A relaxing bedtime routine is an important way to help your child get a good night's sleep.

Relaxation tips to help children sleep

Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep:

A warm (not hot) bath will help your child relax and get ready for sleep.Keeping lights dim encourages your child's body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.Once they're in bed, encourage your child to read quietly or listen to some relaxing music, or read a story together.

 

Don't forget your sleep is also very important. Please see tips below from the NHS.

  • Keep regular hours.
  • Keep the bedroom quiet and dark.
  • Reduce caffeine intake.
  • Take more exercise.
  • Make sure your bedroom isn’t too hot or too cold.
  • Write down worries on your to-do list.
  • Don’t over-indulge on food and alcohol.
  • Turn off gadgets.
  • Relax properly before going to bed.
  • Invest in a comfortable, supportive bed.

 

There are some information booklets that can be downloaded below.

  • Sleep guide - child and adult friendly guide.
  • Get better sleep – quick guide to a better night’s sleep
  • Practical sleep advice sheet for children – one page overview
  • Practical sleep advice sheet for adults – one page overview
  • For more information from the NHS click here.

COVID Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been made aware that 3 members of our school community have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last few days. Currently, one of our classes is in isolation. We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working very closely with Sheffield Public Health.

This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

In addition to this this advice, we also want to highlight the other less typical but still quite common symptoms:
• headache
• nausea
• diarrhoea
• fatigue and muscle ache

We would ask that any child who has these symptoms does not come into school, but accesses our remote learning from home until they are well enough to attend.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• ventilate indoor areas
• regularly clean frequently touched surfaces

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

It is important that we all take steps to continue to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in our school community.

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you need any further information or support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Fernandes
Headteacher

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