Thank you very much for all your support as we reopen school for the new year. This has been a very different opening with many challenges.
At this time of year there are many colds around and so families are naturally concerned about whether their child should come to school. The key COVID symptoms to be aware of are a high temperature, headaches, or a persistent cough. If your child is displaying symptoms then please seek a test. Further advice can be sought by dialling the NHS on 111.
Kirklees advice states that you can access a test at a test site or at home using the online booking portal.
This portal will give you a range of testing options available in your local area. These will usually be:
- Test centre – Booking a test at a test centre is likely to be the fastest way to get a test. You should be aware of local test centres near to your site in order to advise staff, students and parents/carers. Some test centres are drive-in only, and some are walk-in. Some test centres are mobile and move around every few days so you may notice addresses change. Some tests centres have an option to have the test administered for you, but not all. The test centres are generally open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
- Home test kit – Staff, parents/carers and further education students can order a home test kit for themselves and up to three members of their household. These kits will be posted to the address given, and are returned via a Royal Mail priority mailbox. They are the same test kit that we are sending to schools.
If an adult does not have access to a computer or mobile phone/tablet, test kits can be ordered by calling 119. 119 can also be contacted for support at any point throughout the testing journey. 119 are able to provide support in up to 650 languages.
Please can you make sure you return your flu form even if you don’t want your child to have one. This means we will not chase you for a response. As you will understand this is not organised by ourselves, but by the school nurses (Locala) so it easier for them to know for definite which children are having the vaccination and which aren’t. We have now been given a date of the 16th November for the vaccinations to take place.
Thank you again for your support.
Yours sincerely, Miss J. Barker