All letters / information that is sent out to parents from the school or SECAT can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Due to the changes to the regulations around Covid and restrictions related to positive cases, please be aware that we will no longer be sending home detailed letters when there is a Covid case in school as, under current guidance, we will not be closing bubbles if there are cases within the school site.
Please note, we will still make parents / carers aware via the app of any relevant Covid updates#
April 2022 - Coronavirus:
Covid Advice from April 1st:
- adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
- children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days
The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.
New COVID-19 guidance was released by the Government on the morning of the 24th of February and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts
Specific guidance for schools and educational settings can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1056991/220224_Schools_guidance.pdf
There are two key areas of change in guidance that we would want to make you aware of from today.
The government have updated advice on the ‘Testing of close contacts and isolation”
The actions that individuals should take when they have symptoms or a positive test
Tracing of contacts and isolation:
There are no changes in the arrangements in ‘Test and Trace’ for schools and education settings, only for individuals in the community.
“Public health advice for people with COVID-19 and their contacts changed from 24 February. Contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended.”
We will therefore continue to have no role in notification of contacts.
Actions individuals should take if they develop Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive test:
Pupils, staff and other adults should follow the government guidance for people with COVID-19. If they develop Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive test for Covid-19, they should be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days or until the 10th day.
“The most effective way to avoid passing on COVID-19 infection is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.”
The guidance goes on to say:
“In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with the 3 key symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending your school where they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in your reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.”
Therefore, despite it no longer being law that your child isolates following a positive test or showing symptoms, SECAT will be taking the decision that your child needs to remain at home, following both Government and Public Health England guidance.
We want as far as is possible to prevent the further spread of the virus. We also want to prevent any school closure, partial closure, the return to face masks or any other of the possible responses that Public Health England can still instruct schools to follow should an outbreak occur.
We therefore, ask parents and carers to follow the guidance as closely as possible, in the interests of all.
There are currently no other changes to the previously issued government and Public Health England guidance.
In line with the end of Plan B Guidance this January, there is no longer a need to wear masks in communal areas on the school site. Please note, despite these changes, we recognise that Covid is still prevalent in the community and wider world and will continue to promote hand washing, testing and hygiene measures in line with government advice.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of Covid-19
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) include a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at Main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
All parents are advised to continue with the routine twice weekly asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device COVID-19 testing of those aged 5 and above in the household.
Anyone who receives a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result should report their result on Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result and must self-isolate immediately but will no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test except where they have symptoms.
After reporting a positive LFD test result, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.
Close Contact Testing - 14th December
From today, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 to 18 years and 6 months identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days. Pupils with no symptoms who are close contacts can still attend school but we would encourage daily testing as daily testing of close contacts of COVID-19 will help make education and childcare settings safer and help keep children and young people in face-to-face education. (DfE, December 2021)
Letter to parents - 26th November
We have been made aware of several members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The small number of children who have been identified as contacts of the confirmed case will have guidance from NHS test and trace and will be advised to take a PCR test. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well. All parents are advised to continue with the routine three times weekly asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device COVID-19 testing of those in the household. If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace please follow the guidance here Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19 Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are
- a new, continuous cough,
- or a high temperature,
- or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.
- If negative, the child can end self-isolation;
- If positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared.
A full copy of the letter can be read in the links below...
When to isolate:
Message from PHE
Message from Director of Public Health - June 2021
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you very much for your cooperation and patience at a time when we have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in schools. Although we are seeing restrictions ease, I would like to emphasise the importance of the selfisolation period to parents and carers.
It is essential that any student identified as a positive case or a close contact of a positive case adheres strictly to the self-isolation requirements. It is important that this is carried out rigorously and socialising outside the home does not occur. Not following self-isolation guidance risks rapid spread of the virus, especially with the new Delta variant and new mutations which are more transmissible.
Students strictly following self-isolation guidance can allow us to better protect the health of students, staff and the community overall. Essex Police continue to work with partners and act on information received to tackle those breaching restrictions.
We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone but it will help us all if we continue to observe these public health measures.
As Director of Public Health, I kindly request your continued support in this matter as well as a reminder to carry on testing yourselves and your children regularly and to continue to follow the guidance on Hands-Face-Space and fresh air.
Director of Public Health
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Online Safety for Remote Learning:
SECAT Covid Information
Please click on the links at the bottom of the page for copies of update letters from the school / SECAT regarding COVID
Please see the link at the bottom of the page for the School 'Covid Catch Up' Funding plan
What to do if there are Covid Symptoms at Home:
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
- you've tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – check below if this applies to you)
- you've been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
When you do not need to self-isolate
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years, 6 months old
- you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
- get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
Tell people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms
Tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have COVID-19.
You should tell them to follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.
They do not need to self-isolate unless they're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
If they get any symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible.