Durham County Council now offer free LFD testing and home testing kits in Annfield Plain Library DH9 8EZ. Find out more and book appointments www.durham.gov.uk/CovidLFT
Latest coronavirus guidance
Please find updated information for your use:
It is vital that all children’s absences and the symptoms of their illness are reported to the school office on the first day of illness, to ensure the right action is taken to keep our school community and your families safe. (Tel: 01207 234531)
If your child is ill with any of the following symptoms, you MUST request a coronavirus test (even if you think it is another type of illness) and keep your child at home, until the test result is returned:
- A high temperature;
- A new, continuous cough;
- Loss or change of sense of smell or taste.
School needs to be informed if a child is taking a test and of the test result, whether it is negative or positive.
How to book a test.
There are a variety of ways to book a test:
- Using a drive-in, walk-in or mobile test unit (this has the quickest test result return);
- By ordering a home-test kit.
There are different ways to order a home-test kit or book an appointment at a test site:
- Online at: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name
- Phone 111 if symptoms worsen or go online to: https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19
- Phone 119 for testing track and trace.
Returning home test kits.
You can return test kits by:
- Booking a courier online to pick up your home-test.
- Finding the nearest priority box at: https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you#/
Waiting for the test result or/and a positive test result.
For individuals who are symptomatic and/or test positive for coronavirus please follow the latest NHS guidance, which can be found at:
(Individuals with symptoms or/and a positive test result isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household isolate for 10 days.)
For guidance on responding to coronavirus in children, please follow the link at:
What to do if another person, who you have been in close contact with, tests positive.
You should self-isolate for 1o days since the last close contact with the affected person
Close contact is:
- Direct close contact –face-to-face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin);
- Proximity contacts -extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual;
- Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.
If there were any positive cases in school, you would be informed immediately and public health would advise school which children and staff would need to self-isolate.
What do the different results mean?
Individuals can end their isolation if there are no symptoms and a negative coronavirus result.
However, if further symptoms develop, there will be a need to isolate and a further test may be appropriate. Please follow the advice from track and trace for this:
parents/carers to contact https://111.nhs.uk/COVID
How to help school?
-Inform school in the first day of any illness by speaking to the school office, clearly explaining the symptoms your child has.
-Following the advice above.
-Keeping school informed of any tests taking place and the result, whether negative or positive.
-If a child or your household has to self-isolate make sure we know the expected date of return to school for your child,
-When asked to self-isolate, follow this correctly for the correct time-scale.
How school can help you?
-If self-isolation has to take place, we will provide you with your child’s work to home-school for the period of isolation.
-There are a few coronavirus testing kits in school – they can only be distributed if there are no tests available to be delivered to you by courier which is bookable online, at local testing sites or through the 111/119 helpline. All three must be tried and used, if available.
Current Drop-Off and Pick-Up Arrangements
All children enter in the morning through the front gate from 8:30 to 8:45 am (school starts at 8:45am) but this changes at the end of the day, depending on whose class children are in. The school day ends at 3pm.
When dropping off or picking up please remember to socially distance and if you can’t, wear a face mask. If approaching staff to talk to them please wear a face mask.
Class 3 (Year 3): Miss Angus Exit at hometime through the front gate
Class 3/4 (Year 3/4): Mrs Taylor Exit at hometime through the front gate
Class 4/5 (Year 4/5): Miss Smith Exit at hometime through the side street gate of school
Class 5/6 (Year 5/6): Mrs West Exit at hometime through the side street gate of school
Class 6 (Year 6): Mrs Dorward Exit at hometime through the side street gate of school
Action for Happiness
A range of ideas and resources linked to happiness. To discuss with your children about what matters the most. Which links well to the work on resilience we do in school. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/toolkit-for-schools
Citizen’s advice can offer support with finances, contact details,
0300 330 9027 – Advice Line Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
0300 323 2000 – Debt Advice Line Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm
0300 323 1000 – To cancel or rearrange appointments
Homestay [formally Stonham] can offer support with finances, rent arrears etc.
To contact gateway ring Durham Homestay team.
Gateway on 0191 332 4935 / e-mail GatewayDurham@homegroup.org.uk
Stanley Community Centre
Telephone or text: 07775874413 if you need support around anxiety, food, social communication, your children.
The website link below will direct you to information about your local food bank.
FamilyLine offer a free service available to support adult family members on all aspects of family life issues, whether it is emotional support or practicable advice on any aspect of parenting or broader family issues – Tel Number: 0808 802 6666, text: 07537 404282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND update for parents:
Durham SENDIASS have also devised a guide to help parents, carers and young people (16-25) to continue to access the service during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please see the information guide below with key contacts.
SENDIASS and MCT Virtual Zoom Coffee Mornings
SENDIASS and MCT are planning some twice weekly virtual Zoom coffee mornings / evenings until the middle of June for Parents / Carers of Young people ages 0-25 with a disability or additional need.
Please follow relevant date link below to register.
** Thursday 10am-11.30am** ( Link works for every Thursday until 11th June. Please register for every one you wish to attend)
** Tuesday 6pm-7.30pm * ( Link works for every Tuesday until 16th June. Please register for every one you wish to attend)
Any questions please email us at SENDIASS@durham.gov.uk
North East Autism Society
Offer support with enquiries via telephone, email, and Facebook. They also have a private family network page where they are offering lots of support and guidance.
For more information call 0191 4109974
Face book page North east Autism Society
SEN Grant opportunities