COVID -19 (Coronavirus) School Updates

Please see most up to date information below. Any new information will be shared here.

There are different tests you can get to check if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.

PCR tests are for people with symptoms (a high temperature; a continuous cough; a loss or change to sense of smell or taste).

Rapid lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have symptoms.

Current Government guidance advises that:

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. It is your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly if they are registered at one.’ ‘All clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people should attend their education setting. (Unless they are one of a very small number that have been advised by their clinician or specialist not to attend.)’

‘Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.’

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 they are; fully vaccinated, below the age of 18 years 6 months, are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.’

Children that have been identified as a close contact SHOULD ATTEND SCHOOL AS NORMAL.’

‘Do not send your child to school if they are showing one or more COVID-19 symptoms, have had a positive test result or they are required to Quarantine.’

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. E.g. if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to school immediately on day 6. (The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.)

The requirement for confirmatory PCR tests is to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results. From Tuesday 11 January 2022, in England, people who receive positive lateral flow results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Anyone who develops one of the three main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.

Email the confirmation email from the NHS regarding the result of your child’s Covid tests to the school office.

Remote Learning is provided for pupils that are isolating in accordance with Government guidance (that have tested positive for Covid19 or are deemed clinically vulnerable and advised not to attend by their clinician). This is posted on the Blog and / or Google Classroom.

Kelvedon St. Mary’s Primary Academy is a Church of England primary school. We have a commitment to inclusive education and strive to maintain high quality teaching and learning environments for all children.

Our vision is to create an environment where every learner has the opportunity to amaze us (Luke 2:33).

We have been on a long journey to realise this vision and in February 2016 Ofsted recognised that we had achieved it by grading the school as outstanding. But the journey doesn’t stop! My expert team of teachers, learning support staff, administration staff and directors are committed to maintaining the very highest standards for your child and are always seeking ways in which they can improve learning experiences and outcomes for everyone who is part of our school.

My teams challenge the status quo, are able to learn, unlearn and relearn; they are open minded, have a growth mind set and are brilliant at sharing learning across the school and region. They are like this because they want to provide your child with the best learning experiences possible – nothing is beyond our dreams!

Your child will enjoy an all-round education here at Kelvedon St. Mary’s. We will equip them with the academic skills that they need to tackle a challenging and changing world. We will provide them with experiences and opportunities to develop new and exciting skills that will round them as individuals. We will nurture them to become caring, compassionate and active members of society.

We have some very exciting times ahead of us and I am really looking forward to experiencing and sharing them with you all.

Learning together,

Mr. M. Walsh BEd (HONS) NPQH Headteacher

OFSTED 2016 – This is an outstanding school

‘The headteacher and the senior team have successfully created a distinctive, caring ethos in which pupils quickly develop the confidence and skills to thrive academically and socially.’

‘Teaching is highly effective. Teachers, who know their pupils well, have very high expectations of what they can achieve. They plan learning which is imaginative and enthuses all pupils.’

‘Pupils’ personal development and welfare is exceptionally well provided for. Leaders take great care to ensure that pupils’ emotional and social skills are well developed. As a result, pupils are resilient and responsible learners.’