(Updated 7 October 2021)
Dear Parents & Carers,
As of Thursday the 7th of October we have had 20 confirmed (via PCR) cases of Covid-19 in the school. 15 of these cases are in Year 6, two are in Year 4 and three are in Year 3. We expect this number to rise as the number of children taking tests increases. Those children with a positive PCR will be asked to follow NHS guidance regarding isolation.
We have increased our baseline measures which include but are not limited to increased cleaning regimes across the school; keeping occupied spaces well ventilated; continued reinforcement of hygiene measures. Staff continue to take regular LFTs and all staff in the affected Year group have taken PCR tests. From Monday Year 6 will act as a separate close contact group and avoid all contact with the remainder of the school. This will include playtimes and lunchtimes until such time as we are advised by Public Heath England that this is not longer necessary.
We would like to thank all the parents and carers who arranged for PCR tests and have shared the information with us. Only children with symptoms or positive PCR test results are required to isolate, and we do not require any child without symptoms to have a PCR test in order to come to school. If you are concerned then we encourage you to arrange a test but it is not a requirement. If you feel unwell and have symptoms you should book a PCR test through Gov.uk
Types of Tests and When to Use them
Wokingham Borough Council has asked us to let you know about the types of covid test and when they should be used.
LFT tests should only be used for asymptomatic individuals; it is important to reinforce the understanding that lateral flow tests should not be used to confirm covid in anyone with symptoms.
Furthermore, LTF tests for regular asymptomatic testing are not currently recommended for use in children under secondary-school age, therefore children should only be tested as a close contact of a known case or if they are symptomatic; in both cases this should be by PCR test.
If your child displays any symptoms please arrange for a test as soon as possible. Information and advice can be found at:
Autumn Term Dates 2021-22
Thanks for your continued support
The EJS Team