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COVID-19

This is where the most up-to-date advice and information will be found regarding Covid-19 at Duke of Kent School. 

For any urgent Covid 19 enquires, please email Mrs Sarjant, Lead School Nurse at csarjant@dokschool.org

 

Latest DOK Covid-19 News (2nd May 2022)

IMPORTANT: Please email Mrs Sarjant (csarjant@dokschool.org) to confirm when your child has been immunised for Covid 19 outside of school, so that your child's school health record can be updated (Immunisations are now available for anyone aged 5 and above - see further below for details)

 

Current Positive Cases at school

From 1st April 2022 there is no expectation for the general public to test for Covid-19 when they experience symptoms of a respiratory infection.  Free access to testing for Covid-19 has ended for the vast majority of people.  We therefore will no longer be able to reliably track all positive cases at Duke of Kent school.  (We have not recently been notified of any new cases at school).

 

Possible symptoms of Covid-19 (pupils) - what to do

If your child has possible symptoms of Covid-19 (ie symptoms of a respiratory infection, including fever and/or cough and/or loss or change of smell or taste), in accordance with the latest update of "Living with COVID-19", your child is no longer required to test for Covid-19.   Instead, the government states that...

"...Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend...."

If however, you choose to purchase a Covid-19 test for your child at your own expense, and they test positive for Covid 19 after 1st April, please inform Mrs Sarjant (Lead School Nurse) at csarjant@dokschool.org.  The current advice for people who test positive is as follows, and we would strongly encourage your child to adhere to the following guidance should they test positive for Covid-19:

"....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..."

See the latest government guidance in full here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19

 

 

Protective measures

Face covers are no longer required at school (pupils who feel more comfortable wearing face covers will be allowed to do so).   

Children may carry their own supply of hand sanitiser, but are also encouraged to perform good and regular hand hygiene with soap and water.

At school, we are making sure there is good ventilation to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

We ask that children with a fever (37.8 degrees or more) stay at home until their temperature is within a normal range without the help of medication (paracetamol/ibuprofen).  Children who feel unwell with general symptoms of a respiratory infection which may or may not be attributable to Covid-19 (e.g. runny nose, sore throat, cough) should stay at home until they feel well enough for school.

We encourage all staff and pupils who are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination, to get their immunisations as offered by the NHS (see below), though recognise that not everybody will give consent for immunisation.

 

 

Covid-19 Immunisations for 5-11 year olds

A lower dose Covid 19 Immunisation (a third of the adult dose) is now available to all 5 to 11 year olds.  They will be offered x2 doses a minimum of 12 weeks apart.   Appointments can be booked via the national NHS booking system (the 5-11 immunisation will NOT be offered at school).

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Please notify Mrs Sarjant if you have your 5 to 11 year old immunised for Covid-19 outside of school, so that your child's school health record can be updated accordingly: csarjant@dokschool.org.

 

Covid Immunisations 12-15 year olds

12-15 year olds now qualify for x2 Covid immunisations, 12 weeks apart.  For those who were immunised at school on October 14th, your second immunisation is now due (from 6th January onwards).  For those who missed the jabs at school on the 9th February, you can book an appointment at a community clinic via the national booking system at the following link - there are no current plans for any further Covid-19 immunisations to be given at school during the summer term.  Please be aware that your child will not be given a Covid jab if they have tested positive for Covid 19 in the last 12 weeks.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Please remember to notify Mrs Sarjant when your child has been immunised so that their school health record can be updated (csarjant@dokschool.org)

If you're still unsure whether to vaccinate your child, the Department for Education gives the following rationales for Covid-19 immunisations for 12-15 year olds:

  • It is estimated that a 60% vaccine uptake among healthy 12 to 15 year olds will reduce confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this group in the period up to 31 March 2022 by 33%. This equates to a reduction of 110,000 school days absent in this age group due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Research shows that those who do become infected 3 weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine are between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than those who are unvaccinated.

 

Asymptomatic Testing

As of 21st February 2022, senior pupils and staff are no longer asked to perform twice weekly asymptomatic lateral flow tests.  Free testing ended for the general public on 1st April 2022.  The school is no longer able to supply pupils or staff with lateral flow tests.  There is no longer a requirement to test for Covid-19, even if you exhibit possible symptoms.

 

Useful links for more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/